‘Where Does Language Knowledge Come from? A Review of the Philosophical and Epistemological Considerations: Seeking Implications for Second Language Learning and Teaching’ by Mohammad Khatib & Mohammad Reza Mozayan

Abstract

This article is an attempt to investigate whether the gestures used by children affect their communication in English.  This study explored how children communicate in the second language by using gestures. It determines whether children’s nonverbal behaviours or gestures are positive in communicating in the second language when the children are tired too. This study was done on two boys, Mohammad and Abolfazl, with the age of 7 and 5 respectively. They were learning English language at their home. They were brothers and they were the researcher’s nephews. They have been taught English for more than 6 months.  The researcher used different pictorial and visual instruments to teach them to talk and communicate in English language, but most of the times, they made use of their gestures to say their purposes. The researcher made use of a kind of video recording at the times of reading the books, watching the films, and having the snacks and meals. The result showed that the actions accompanied with gestures were more meaningful and communicative, and their learning was fostered and they were more motivated. So, it indicated that children’s use of gestures to communicate in English was one of the best ways to be used even for the time that they cannot remember the words or when they are too tired to talk.

Key words: gestures, videotaped, videotaped, communicate, fostered, children.

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