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English Conversation – Body Language

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 @ 06:07 AM
posted by Jo

This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about Body Language.  Body language is a form of non-verbal communication used between animals and humans and consists of postures, gestures, facial expressions, and eye movements.  Body language can tell us about the attitude or state of mind of a person. For example, it may indicate anger, depression, pleasure, confidence or nervousness.   Learning about body language is helpful in relationships, business, in family settings and parenting.  Although it is non-verbal, it can reveal a lot about your feelings and meaning to others and also how other others reveal their feelings toward you. 

Video about Body Language

  • How important are hands in non-verbal communication
  • Have you ever experienced a misunderstanding related to body language? 


Nouns Adjectives Verbs
Non-verbal communication

Body language

Eye contact














Shake hands





  • To make the first move – to be the first to try to start a romantic relationship with someone
  • To keep one’s fingers crossed - to wish for luck for someone or something, sometimes by actually crossing one's fingers.
  • Actions speak louder than words - What you do is more significant than what you say

Phrasal Verbs

  • Wave off - When you wave somebody off, you wave to them as they leave
  • Wave down - When you wave a vehicle down, you wave your hands to make it stop.
  • Bow down – To bend one's knee or body, or lower one's head as a sign of submission or respect.

Conversation Questions

  • Do you think body language is important?
  • How does body language help communication?
  • Are you aware of your own body language?
  • Do you notice other people’s body language?
  • What are some typical hand gestures in your culture?
  • Can you think of any gestures that are common across all cultures?
  • Can you understand something about a person’s personality by looking at their body language?
  • What do you think it means when a person fidgets?
  • What does it say about a person when they cross their arms?
  • What do you think it means when a person stands with their hands on their hips?
  • Do you have any body language you would like to change?
  • Some people say “you can know a person by their handshake”. Do you agree?
  • Do you think body language is different in other cultures?
  • What type of eye contact do you think is good?
  • Does your eye contact change according to the situation?
  • How do you feel if someone doesn’t give you eye contact?
  • How do you feel if someone stares at you?
  • What body language does a person who is bored show?
  • What body language does a person who is nervous show?
  • Is body language different between men and women?
  • Do you try to use body language when you communicate in English?
  • Do you agree that actions speak louder than words?
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