Body Language Waving one’s hand Shaking one’s head Nodding Putting up one’s hand Kissing Holding up one’s head Hanging one’s head Waving one’s arms Touching one’s stomach Cupping one’s ear Meaning in China Love Not afraid/proud Feeling sorry for having done something wrong Feeling very happy Hello!/Hi!/Goodbye! I’m full./I’ve a stomachache Disagreement Agreement May I ask a question? I can’t hear you. Step 1 Pre-reading Match the two columns
How do you communicate the following with body language? Thank you! Keep silent/quiet! Well done!/Good! I can’t believe it!/That’s incredible! All right! Number 8 That’s crazy! Come here!
French Japanese Zero Making a circle with one’s thumb and index finger
Step2 Reading Task1: Topic sentence Your guess: _____________________________. Theme/Main idea: _______________________________. Body language varies from culture to culture.
Task2: Scanning Find the main idea of each paragraph and divide them into several parts. Para1: Para2: Para3: Para4: Para5: Both words and body language can express how we think and feel. Gestures, a kind of body language, have different meanings in different countries The way people in different countries show the same idea in different ways. Some gestures seem to be universal. Smiles may be the most commonly understood facial expression in the world. Part1 Part2 Part3
Task3: Skimming Fill in the Chart GesturesCountriesMeaning Eye contactSome countries Other countries Most countriesOK JapanMoney Zero Brazil/Germany Thumb upUS Rude Germany/Japan Some countries BrazilYou have a phone call A way to show interest Rude or disrespectful A circle with one’s thumb and index finger France Rudeness “Great” or “good job” Nigeria The number one Moving the index finger in a circle in front of the ear Crazy
Step3: Practice and Consolidation Task1: multiple-choice Movements 1 How do people send each other message? A.Only by words B.Only by body language C.By neither words nor body language D.By both words and body language 2 In which country does nodding mean “yes”? A.Iran B. China C.Bulgaria D. Parts of Greece 3 People in France often greet each other with _____ A.A kiss B.a firm handshake C. a loving embrace D. a bow 3 If a person is hungry, perhaps he will _____ A.Press his palms together B. Rest his head on the back of his hand C.Rub his stomach before a meal D. Rub his stomach after a meal 4 Which can be used as another title for the text? A. Body language B. Gestures C. Smiles D. D B A C A
6 Which of the following gestures seems to be universal? A.Pressing one’s palms together and resting one’s head on the back of one’s hand while closing the eyes. B. Moving the hand in circles over the stomach C. Smile D. All of the above 7 What does the word “down” mean in the last sentence of the passage? A.From a higher place to a lower place B.From an earlier time to a later time C.From an inland place to the coast D.(being) beaten in the struggle of life 8 From the text we can conclude that ______. A.We should use body language as often as possible B.We should be careful about body language C.We should never use body language D.Body language is more important than words D D B
Task2: Comparison Meaning Gesture in the USGesture in China No,no, don’t do that. Moving the index finger from side to side I don’t know. Search me. Shrugging one’s shoulders Well done! Thumbs up That’s incredible! Rolling one’s eyes Money Rubbing the thumb and forefinger together That’s crazy! Moving the index finger in a circle in front of the ear Good luck. Crossing the fingers on both hands Come here. Moving the index finger forwards and backwards Waving one’s hand Shaking one’s head/ hand Same as in the US Opening one’s eyes and mouth wide No Chinese gesture Moving one’s hand up and down with the palm facing down Same as in the US
Step4: Discussion 1 The smile is considered as a universally understood body language.Why? 2 What can you learn after you reading this text? 1 There are both cultural and regional differences in how we communicate what we think and feel with our bodies. 2 Learning a foreign language requires more than knowledge of its vocabulary, grammar and useful expressions. It also requires understanding of its gestures and facial expressions since they can differ so much from culture to culture. 3 Manners make the man. When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
Step5: Game One student acts out the following words, and the other student turn around and guess the word Group1: swimming crying jumping lying Group2: happy confused angry tired Group3: frightened dancing sad singing Score:1 2 3 4
Step6 : Assignment 1 Imagine that you are traveling alone in France, and how will you communicate with Frenchman with body language? Make a plan 2 Mark some difficulties in this text.