Body Language (Meanings of): How to Communicate Without or Beyond Words
Games & Activities W Instructions
Authors: Elaine Kirn-Rubin & Arthur E. Rubin
Suitable for: K-8, Secondary, Adult; Basic to Intermediate Language Learners
What It Is: 28-page Activities & Ideas Book to accompany two 52-card decks of vintage photos illustrating kinds of Body Language A to Z
Why You Need It:English speakers and learners can "get themselves into trouble" not only with what they say but also with what they don't say.Facial expressions, gestures, and body postures or movements could convey intended meaning accurately but might also lead to misunderstanding, confusion, or even conflict. Though usually a minor part of English-language instruction (at best), attention to non-verbal communication can provide a welcome change-of-pace while continuing to build receptive and active language abilities.
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What It Does:
Makes for a motivating "first lesson" in an oral-skills curriculum because even hesitant speakers gain confidence when they find they can participate equally
Delivers content with an example-rich articleon the "General Features of Body Language." Follows up with illustrated exerciseson "Universal Expressions of Emotion" and "Relationship Postures." All pages are reproducible.
Suggests uses for two 52-Card "Body Language" Decks of classic design in activities that build skill in categorizing, identifying (as "positive," "negative," or "neutral"), and comparing. Each of their 26 "card ranks" displays four ways to express oneself in regard to one of these Feelings, Emotions, Concepts, or Abstractions: