>Without warning the rest of us who were stooging, she privately asked >the one native German speaker in the class, Armin Busse of Bielefeld, >to teach us all a practice lesson auf Deutsch. He proceeded to do so, >using lots of demonstration and gestures, but no English, and managed to get >us to dance "eine grosse Kette" [a Grand Chain] successfully.
An excellent example. For another, one evening my husband, George Bogart,
had laryngitis and could not speak above a whisper. Rather than cancel, he
taught an entire basic level class using only demonstrations and pounding a
staff on the floor when he need their attention. It was a very successful