After the first reading

 Select one from the list of the main point of “Understanding Non Verbal Communication Cues”?

  1. Non verbal communication is the way to communicate with others without speaking.
  2. Non verbal communication can be supportive in certain professions.
  3. Non verbal communication is significant in many ways.
  4. There are several specialized fields within non verbal communication.

During the second reading

 While reading the text again, look for the details of the text. Then answer the following questions.

  1. Through which is non verbal communication able to be done?
  1. “To stand with the woman’s arms folded facing away from her boyfriend.” What does the body language mean?
  1. How is non verbal communication beneficial in law enforcement?
  1. Why may psychologists be best at reading non verbal communication?
  1. For what do poker players use body language?

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  1. Match the following technical words in the left column and the description in the right one.

6.1 kinetics

a. the study of using touch as a part of non verbal communication
6.2 haptics b. someone who studies the human mind, emotions and behavior
6.3 paralanguage c. the pitch and tone of one’s voice giving away their non verbal feelings
6.4 psychiatrist d. a medical practitioner specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness
e. the study of body movement, gestures, and facial expressions

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What does each word refer to?

  1. This communication (line 3) _____________________________________
  2. themselves (line 5) _____________________________________
  3. they (line 15) _____________________________________
  4. he or she (line 17) _____________________________________
  5. their (line 28) _____________________________________

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Applying strategies

Supporting ideas

During the second reading, you used the outline of the main ideas. Now look for the supporting ideas, the facts and details which build the main ideas. Choose any which are correct.

  1. Non verbal communication can reveal
    1. a person’s real feelings.
    2. some gestures.
    3. a person’s eye contact.
  2. Understanding non verbal communication can help
    1. not happy with the decision.
    2. know what a partner is really thinking.
    3. in certain professions
  3. A Human Resources manager
    1. tell a lot about interviewees.
    2. cannot applied this body language in court.
    3. wonders whether candidates are telling the truth or the lie.
  4. Many psychiatrists and researchers
    1. know non verbal communication down to the movement or gesture.
    2. have dedicated their entire careers.
    3. are interesting to study the field of non verbal communication.

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 nonverb fake

Language Focus

The use of the word ‘if’

  1. ‘If’ is a causal connector used to signal condition. There are only three conditional structures:
    1. Future condition: If I have the money, I will take a vocation.
    2. Present condition: If I had the money, I would take a vocation.
    3. Past condition: If I had had the money, I would have taken a vocation.

(Celce-Murcia & Larsen Freeman, 1983)

 ‘If’ is a complementizer marking indirect yes-no questions. ‘If’ marks true yes-no questions.

Andy: Is Mason was going?

Andy asked if Mason was going.

Note: The inversion of the auxiliary verb and the subject must be suppressed when such questions indirectly reported.

Exercise 1:        Consider the word ‘if’ in the following sentences as a causal connector or a complementizer.

  1. If a woman tells her boyfriend she is happy going to a football game instead of shopping, but she is standing with her arms folded facing away from him, her body language clearly says she is not happy with the decision.
  2. They can often tell by non verbal communication if the suspect is telling the truth or lying.
  3. If a Human Resources manager is interviewing a potential employee and wonders if he or she is telling the truth, shifty eye movement or nervous gestures will say a lot.

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Exercise 2:        Make a sentence with the beginning words.

  1. I will eat out with Tom if ________________________________________________
  2. Tom’s mother asked Mary if _____________________________________________
  3. Peter enquired ____________________________________ (Did you come by train?)
  4. She could have done this trip to Hawaii _____________________________________


Vocabulary check

Choose the following words to fill in the blank.

potential                                  tone                             specialized

suspect                                    pitch                            relationships

nervous gesture                      pupil dilation

  1. It’s natural to be a little anxious when you start speaking but your ________________ can give the game away to your audience.
  2. High ________________ employees are proactive rather than reactive when it comes to career development and mapping out their path.
  3. There are no exercises to prevent ________________, and you can’t “talk your eyes down” from being dilated.
  4. The ________________ of someone’s voice can also be affected by emotions, moods and inflection.
  5. But at home or work, supportive, fulfilling ______________ don’t come automatically.
  6. Scientists have been aware of the ________________ functioning of the hemispheres—also known as lateralization—for over one hundred years.

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Discuss these following questions in a group of 4-5 students.

  1. Why non verbal communication matters?
  2. Can’t non verbal communication be faked?
  3. How can non verbal communication go wrong?
  4. How does emotional awareness strengthen nonverbal communication?

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