Preparation – When I had been speaking to Marianne on the telephone her primary modality seemed to be Auditory ( she processed information in a ‘ hearing ’way ) and secondary Kinaesthetic ( feelings / touch ). She used words like ‘talk / speak out.’ When telling me about tutorials she said ‘ I don’t want the person to think I have difficulty listening’ and
‘ ….particularly if there are students who are particularly outstanding then I will switch off. I find it very odd with myself when I feel nervous, I talk in a way that is very strange like how Chinese people speak English but when I am with people I feel familiar with sometimes I pick up the British accent and things and talk, I feel ok. I don’t want them to hear that I feel nervous and speak in a way that is flat intonation….in my first two years I did not say much in class because I was brought up to listen and learn.’
Marianne had also said that when she was deciding which country to study in she chose the UK because she liked the British accent. Andrew had said that Marianne felt much more confident talking face to face with people than on the telephone and in fact Marianne herself said when I had asked her if it was difficult to transfer universities mid term that ‘ I personally find it a lot more difficult to talk to a native speaker on the phone, to understand, than face to face talking ’ hence why Andrew was so important to her.
Marianne came across as a very bright girl and her understanding and use of the English language was excellent so apart from deciding to speak slightly more slowly and clearly I was not concerned that we would have a language problem.
Marianne had returned the client intake registration form to me in the post prior to the first session ( signed ) so I was able to process the information.
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