Listening material Which of the following is a form of communication? A. Speaking to someone. B. Standing in a corner at a party with your arms crossed. C. Avoiding eye contact with the sales man when you are buying something. D. All of above. Part 1
Speaking, or using language to communicate, is probably the best known form of communication. However, the body language used in answer B and the lack of eye contact in answer C can say as much or more as speech. B. Standing in a corner at a party with your arms crossed. C. Avoiding eye contact with the salesman when you are buying something.
Lets take a closer look at answer B. You are at a party and see your friend Tom standing alone in a corner with his arms crossed. When you ask him if he is enjoying the party, he says, Yes, Im having a great time. Do you believe him? Probably not, because his body language is telling you that he doesnt like being there. If someone asks you later whether you think Tom liked the party, you might say He said he enjoyed it, but it didnt look like it.
Now lets look at C. Imagine that you are a salesman at a store. You always greet your customers with a smile and then talk for a while. But what if one of your customers avoids making eye contact with you? Do you still speak to her? Probably not. By not looking at you, she has told you that she doesnt want to talk to you. Body language can help you decide whether a person is telling the truth or not. If a person covers his or her mouth with his or her
hand, or if he or her puts his / her finger over his / her mouth, he or she may be lying. If the person you are talking to touches his or her ears or neck, this is also a sign that he or she may not be telling you the truth. How can you tell if the person you are talking to is interested in what you are saying? Watching his or her body language will give you a good idea. Someone who is interested will lean forward in their seat and will look at you when you are speaking. They may also nod their head to show that they are listening and agree with what you are saying.
Answer to Part 1 1.D 2. B 3.A Answer to Part 2 1. B 2. |B