International Journal of Advanced Educational Research

International Journal of Advanced Educational Research


International Journal of Advanced Educational Research
International Journal of Advanced Educational Research
Vol. 2, Issue 6 (2017)

Body language in ELT: Meaning and Function


Saddam HM Issa

Verbal and nonverbal communications are known as the two major types of communication between individuals. We use more than just words when we speak. We also communicate with our hand gestures, facial expressions including eye contact, and other movements of the body. This is called non-verbal communication or body language. Body language is a comprehension and communication tool via physical movements and changes that show a person's feelings, thoughts, and attitudes about other persons and things. Humans used body language before they developed verbal language. People through body language, share with other people their feelings, thoughts, desires, and needs. The objectives of this paper are to outline the nature and functions of non-verbal communication, to show why integrating non-verbal phenomena into different areas of FLT can be highly valuable, and to present drama activities that help sensitise students to non-verbal aspects of communication in various contexts especially within those context related to ELT.
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Saddam HM Issa. Body language in ELT: Meaning and Function. International Journal of Advanced Educational Research, Volume 2, Issue 6, 2017, Pages 273-280
International Journal of Advanced Educational Research