Warming up
What is the purpose of language?
Language is used to
communicate or tell people
thoughts, feelings reactions.
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What is body language?
Body language is one form
of nonverbal
communication without
using words. Eye contact or
gaze, facial expression,
gesture, and posture (姿势),
or the way you stand, are
different kinds of body
language.
Ways of communicating
Spoken
language
Written
language
Body
language
gesturing
stop
silent
victory
Can you guess what the following
gesture from Japan means ?
angry
Can you guess what the following
gesture from France means ?
I don’t believe you.
What do people usually do
when meeting?
China, Britain
• shake hands
Russia, France, Arab
• kiss
Some western countries • hug
Japan, Korea
• bow
Maori in New Zealand • touch noses
What are these people
communicating?
The mother is trying to quiet her
crying child.
Someone is thinking deeply.
Someone is feeling ill/having a
stomachache.
The policeman is directing traffic/telling
cars to go.
Reading
Communication:
No problem?
JapaneseAkira Nagata
George Cook
(Canada)
Julia Smith
(Britain)
Tony Garcia (Columbia)
Reading comprehension
While reading, please try to divide the
whole passage into several parts and find
out the main idea.
Part 1. (para. 1)
The writer is sent to Capital
International Airport to meet this year’s
international students.
Part 2 (para. 2 and 3 )
Examples of cultural “body language”.
Part 3. (para. 4 )
Different people have different body
languages.
Part 4. (para. 5)
Summary of body language.
Read the text carefully, then decide if the
following statements are true (T) or false
(F).
• Englishmen often stand close to others
or touch strangers as soon as they meet. F
• Most people around the world now greet
each other by kissing . F
• Japanese will bow to others as greeting. T
• People from Jordan will move very close
to you as you introduce yourself to them.
T
• Some body languages in some countries
are good while some countries’ body
language are bad. F
Post reading
1. How do different international
students behave when they greet
people? Complete the chart with
information from the passage .
Name
Description Body Language To Whom
Tony
man from kiss on the
Garcia Colombia cheek
everyone
no touching
Julia woman
Smith from Britain
Akira man from bowing
Nagata Japan
everyone
everyone
Name
Description Body Language To Whom
George
Cook
Ahmed
Aziz
man from shaking hands everyone
Canada
man from shaking hands to men
nodding
Jordan
to women
Darlene woman
Coulon from
France
shake hands
and kiss twice
on each cheek
people
she
knows
Answer questions
1. Is the author of this passage male or
female? How do you know ?
The author is male. Ahmed Aziz will
not shake hands with women, but he
shakes hands with the author.
2.What were the two mistakes that the
author noticed?
He noticed that the Colombian man kissed
the British woman, but in her culture, a
kiss from a stranger is not acceptable. He
also noticed that the Japanese man bowed
just as the Canadian man started to shake
hands, so one man’s nose touched the other
man’s hand.
3. Who seemed to prefer to keep more
physical distance from others? Who
seemed to prefer closer physical distance ?
The British woman, Julia, and probably
the Canadian man, George, seemed to
prefer to keep more physical distance from
others. The Colombian man, Tony, and the
Jordanian man, Ahmed, seemed to prefer
closer physical distance .
4. Did any students have similar greeting
customs? If so, which ones?
Yes. Tony from Colombia and Darlene
from France had a similar greeting
custom-a kiss. George from Canada and
Ahmed from Jordan also had a similar
greeting custom-a handshake, but
Ahmed shakes hands only with men.
5. “ When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”
What do you think this famous saying
means?
This saying means that when we are in
a certain place, we should follow the
customs of the people who live in that
place, not our own customs.
6. Do you agree with the author’s
statement that body language is not
good or bad? Why or why not?
Choose the correct one.
1. What is the main idea of the text?
A. There are different customs in
different countries.
B. Foreigners should follow the
customs of the country where they
are visiting.
C. People use body movements to send
messages and different body
movements have different meanings.
D. The importance of knowing customs.
2. If two men stand close to each other
while talking, they cannot be from
_____.
A. an Arab country
B. USA
C. Britain
D. Russia
3. What should a Chinese young man do
when he meets his Russian friend in
Moscow?
A. Kiss him.
B. Nod his head to his friend.
C. Shake hands with him.
D. Smile at him.
4. If you go to some Asian countries,
which of the following can you do?
A. Touch the head of a boy.
B. Nod your head to others.
C. Sit with your feet pointing at
another person.
D. Kiss each other.
5. “Foreigners should follow these
customs when they are visiting these
countries.”
The underlined word here means ___.
A. habits
B. fault
C. words
D. performance
Body language varies from culture to
culture.
Gesture
Country
Meaning
some countries show interest
eye
contact
other countries rude or
disrespectful
moving the index
finger in a circle in
front of the ear
some
crazy
countries
Brazil
You have a
phone call.
Gesture
a circle with
one’s thumb
and index
finger
Country
most
countries
Japan
France
Germany
Brazil
Meaning
OK
money
zero
rude
thumbs up
the US
Nigeria
great / good job
rude
Germany
Japan
No.1
Gestures
Shaking one’s
head
countries
Meaning
Bulgaria, parts
of Greece, Iran
Yes
Other
countries
No
Gestures
Kiss on the
cheek
A firm
handshake
A loving hug
A bow / a nod
of head
countries
France
Meanings
Russia
Greet
friends
Other
countries
Comparison
Meaning
Gesture in the
USA
No, don’t Moving the
do that.
index finger
from side to
side.
I don’t
Shrugging
know
one’s shoulders.
Gesture in
China
Moving the
hand
from side to
side
Shaking the
head
Meaning Gesture in the Gesture in
USA
China
Well done Thumbs up. Thumbs up.
Incredible. Rolling one’s Open one’s
eye or mouth
I can’t eyes.
wide.
believe it.
Meaning Gesture in the
USA
Money Rubbing the
thumb and
forefinger
together
Gesture in
China
Rubbing the
thumb
and forefinger
together
Meaning
Come
here.
Gesture in
the USA
Moving the
index finger
forwards
and
backwards.
Gesture in
China
Moving one’s
hand up and
down with the
palm facing
down.
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