Everyday English for Health and Social Care and Education Support 2
Everyday English for Health and Social Care and Education Support 2

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Everyday English for Health and Social Care and Education Support 2

2.1 I’d like to say something …

During a group discussion you may also want to use body language to indicate that you wish to speak.

Activity 8 Showing you want to say something

Timing: Allow about 5 minutes

Below is a list of body language actions. Select the ones that are useful signals that you want to say something in a discussion.


Thrusting your arm up dramatically


Making eye contact with the speaker


Raising one hand slightly


Folding your arms and sitting back


Standing up


Lifting your head slightly

The correct answers are b, c and f.


Throwing your arm up dramatically or standing up during a discussion can make you come across as unprofessional and aggressive. If you have something to say during a discussion, you are more likely to gain respect and get your point heard if you are polite, make eye contact and change your posture to signify you are ready to speak.


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