Archive for April, 2011

April 18th, 2011

Communication is More than Words

It was almost a year ago that I posted my first blog (The Perils of Marian, June 13, 2010).   Way back then I talked about communication being more than words.  I posted a silent movie clip from the Perils of Pauline.  This is a great topic for any classroom, particularly if you are teaching English as a second language.  It seems fitting to revisit this topic.  Eye contact, body language, gestures and intonation are just as important as the words used to communicate. If you haven’t already seen this video you must have been on a desert island.

Activity: Watch it with your students.  Ask them to pay attention to the essentials of communication-gestures, body language, pauses, taking turns, intonation etc.  In your ESL classroom, talk about different gestures used in different countries.