Everyday English 1
Everyday English 1

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Everyday English 1

1.4 Body language

Your body language is very important for both listening and speaking. It gives a lot of information to others about how you are feeling, if you are concentrating and if you are interested, among other things. Non-verbal communication can make up a high proportion of what you communicate. Clearly body language is something you should be very aware of when you are speaking to other people. You will look at this in more detail later.

Activity 11 Read the body language

Allow about 5 minutes

What does the body language, expressions or gestures in each of these pictures tell you?

Person leaning back with feet on table
Figure 3 Body language (a)
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Woman working at computer
Figure 4 Body language (b)
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Man leaning forward
Figure 5 Body language (c)
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Woman frowning
Figure 6 Body language (d)
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Man with hands on head and mouth open
Figure 7 Body language (e)
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Woman with arms folded
Figure 8 Body language (f)
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Man looking at phone, hand in mouth
Figure 9 Body language (g)
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Woman sitting down
Figure 10 Body language (h)
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Roller-skating child
Figure 11 Body language (i)
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Discussion

See if you agree with the ideas below on the messages that each person’s body language sends.

Person leaning back with feet on table
Figure 12 Body language (a)

This person looks very relaxed and at ease, with their feet on the table and their hands behind their head.

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Woman working at computer
Figure 13 Body language (b)

She seems to be concentrating hard and is focused on what she is doing.

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Man leaning forward
Figure 14 Body language (c)

He is leaning forward and looks interested and engaged.

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Woman frowning
Figure 15 Body language (d)

She looks angry and frustrated.

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Man with hands on head and mouth open
Figure 16 Body language (e)

He looks shocked and dismayed by something that’s just happened - possibly because the other side have just scored!

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Woman with arms folded
Figure 17 Body language (f)

She looks rather fed up and annoyed.

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Man looking at phone, hand in mouth
Figure 18 Body language (g)

He looks nervous and anxious.

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Woman sitting down
Figure 19 Body language (h)

She looks tired and rather worried.

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Roller-skating child
Figure 20 Body language (i)

He looks full of energy and happy.

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