I am still extremely curious to hear from anybody's experience with
cultures where Engilsh is a very foreign language........
In Russia a couple of years ago, teaching a large group of both Russian and
English speakers, also including some French and Germans, I found that
almost no language was needed. The key to success was "See and Do", and the
only three words in English that were essential were "Look at Me", although
on reflection I think the pantomime gestures accompanying these sounds were
probably the effective part of the communication: Try it by making rings
around your eyes with thumb and pointing finger to indicate "look" and then
point to your own person/feet.
Perhaps we should invent a Scottish Country Dance Lexicography (SCDSL) of
non-verbal gestures to communicate basic movements? This could be module 7
of the new RSCDS examination structure! :o)