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n Communicare : Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa - The influence of lecturers' verbal and non-verbal immediacy behaviour on perceived affective and cognitive learning in a multicultural context

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Abstract

The intention of the present study was to determine whether (1) the immediacy behaviour of lecturers whose home language is Afrikaans or English contributes positively to the affective and cognitive learning of learners whose home language is Afrikaans, English or one of the African languages; and (2) whether the form of immediacy behaviour displayed by English or Afrikaans lecturers functions differently for learners whose home language is one of the African languages in relation to those whose home language is Afrikaans or English. Data was collected by means of a questionnaire that had separate sections on immediacy behaviour and learning. Positive correlations between the immediacy behaviour of the lecturers and the affective and cognitive learning of the learners were observed for the whole test group.The immediacy behaviour displayed by the lecturers functions differently for learners whose home language is one of the African languages than for those whose home language is Afrikaans or English. Considering these findings, it is imperative that instructional communication in today's South Africa be increasingly characterized by a culture-centred approach.

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2004-12-01
2016-12-04
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