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Body Language

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Stacey Watson

on 2 February 2014

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Body Language
Write two closed questions.
Write two open questions.

See if you can change your closed questions to open questions.
e.g. Do you like college? → What do you like about college?
1. What experience do you have in this area?
2. Have you got a clean driving licence?
3. Can you work shifts?
4. What are your strengths?
5. Can you work evening shifts?
6. Are you able to work every weekend?
Discus with the person next to you whether these questions are open or closed.
Closed questions are those which can be answered by a simple one-word answer like "yes" or "no", whilst open questions are those which require more thought and more than a simple one-word answer.
Open and Closed Questions


3 mins
Never underestimate the importance of body language!
Watch the clip without sound and see whether you can tell what is happening. Discuss what emotions are being displayed and how each person feels.

I want to know how you can tell this without hearing what they’re saying.
Cut out two pictures of people and examples of their body language.

Find examples of Facial expressions:
happy, sad, anger, fear, stress, joy, surprise, confusion.

Find examples of body language that convey:
Invasion of personal space (proximity), love, anger, tension, eye contact, embarrassment, fear.

Think about how much is related to age, gender, culture and social etiquette.
Paul Ekman has studied facial expressions and it is thought that understanding facial expressions is an innate quality that is universal and isn’t restricted by language, age or culture!

“It’s written all over your face!”
Negative Body Language
Positive Body Language

Body language is a two-way process: you give off messages and you read messages.
Find a partner
Face your partner
What is a comfortable distance for:
Personal Space
Body language can vary from culture to culture, between males and females, in different contexts and between, adults and children.
Body Language
Albert Meridian established this classic statistic for the effectiveness of spoken communications:
We can give positive and negative signals when we talk to people.
When you are in conversation your body sends signals to the other person.
This is known as body language.
So that we present information in a logical sequence.
Why do we need to work on speaking and listening?
Play the ‘yes’ ‘no’ game.

Think about why it might be useful to use open questions during a discussion?

Think about why it might be useful to use closed questions in a discussion?
Open and Closed Questions
What does Chanelle’s body language tell you in this picture?
Why? What is she doing?
Kirsten Dunst and her boyfriend Jake are striking identical poses. Synchrony: when you have multiple body parts matching, is something usually displayed by twins or couples that have been together for many years. It shows that they are relaxed and have a good connection with each other.
Although I don’t think they are together anymore!
You must take part in one formal discussion and one informal discussion.

One discussion must be on a familiar topic and one discussion must be on an unfamiliar topic.
Exam Criteria
Types of
Body Language
What does it mean?
You must make different types of contributions to the discussion.
You must allow for and respond to others’ input.
You must plan and prepare for this task and you must make extended contributions.
Both discussions must last no longer than 30 minutes.
55% is in facial expression!
38% is the way that the words are said, tone of voice.
7% of meaning is in the words that are spoken.
Non-verbal communication/body language?
How would you speak to somebody at work compared to how you would speak to somebody in your own home? Why is this?
How does your body language change when you are talking to the opposite sex? Why is this?
How has your body language changed as you have got older? What does this tell you about your understanding of body language?
Which questions generate the best answers? Why do you think this is?
Non-verbal communication Possible meaning:
Arms crossed
Arms open, hands are palms up
Relaxed openness
Eyebrows raised
Disbelief, sarcasm
Slumped in chair
Playing with an object
Tilted head
Listening carefully
• a stranger on the bus
• a family member
a child
• your tutor
• a close friend
No Talking!
Arrange yourselves in order of birthday month. You are not allowed to speak!
Think about how you can do this without speaking.
So that we can identify and present relevant information.
So that we can understand information on a range of topics.
To practise using strategies to confirm and clarify understanding.
To speak clearly in a way that suits the situation.
To obtain specific information in a range of familiar and unfamiliar contexts.
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