2COMMUNICATION What different ways of communicating do we have? Language: speaking and writing.Media: TV, newspapers, the Internet…Signs: symbols, flags, icons…Body language: gestures, facial expressions, physical contact, postures.
3In pairs, answer these questions. How many languages do you speak? Why are you studying English?What means do you use to keep in touch with your friends / family?Do you write letters and cards / s? Do you have a blog or website? Are you on facebook or a different social network?Do you know anybody with a communication disability (deaf, dumb, blind)?Do you read the newspaper / watch the news?How often do you read?What do you use the mobile for?
5Body languagePosture. One can be lying down, seated, or standing. Are we slouched or erect? Are our legs crossed or our arms folded ? Such postures convey a degree of formality and the degree of relaxation in the communication exchange.Physical Contact. Shaking hands, touching, hugging, pushing, or patting on the back all convey messages. They reflect an element of intimacy or a feeling of (or lack of) attraction.Facial Expressions. A smile, frown, raised eyebrow, yawn, and sneer all convey information.Gestures. One of the most frequently observed is a hand movement. Most people use hand movements regularly when talking.
6PostureDescribe these postures. Say how these people feel, what they are doing, etc.
7Physical contactWhat different actions and relationships can we see in these pictures?
8Facial expressions Can you name the facial expressions? What feeling(s) do you associate with them?
10GlossaryPosture: to be lying down /seated / standing; to be erect /slouched; to have your legs crossed / your arms folded.Physical contact: shake hands, kiss (N/V), hug (N/V), stroke (V), bow (V), tickle (V), pat someone’s back.Facial expressions: have your eyes / mouth wide open, pout (V/N), yawn (V/N), smile (V/N), sneer (V/N), wink (V/N), frown (V/N), blush (V/N), raise your eyebrow, stick your tongue out.Gestures: fingers (pointer/index, tall/middle, ring, pinky/little), thumb, fist, to point, “fingers crossed!”, thumbs up.