ECT 300 EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY: What is the impact of cross cultural contexts on the use of non-verbal communication in the teaching process?

CHAPTER TWO

VERBAL AND NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION

2b iv). Discuss the similarities as well as differences in the use of non-verbal communication in different cultural contexts.

2.12 Cross cultural context of nonverbal communication

There are similarities as well as differences in the use of non-verbal communication as one moves from one culture to another. The following points should be borne in mind when using non-verbal communication (NVC):

  • NVC signals in one culture might mean something else in a different culture
  • NVC signals are restricted to a particular culture where they are commonly used
  • For one to communicate effectively non-verbally one needs to know and understand nonverbal signals used in the culture the students come from.
  • There are NVC signals that are similar in two different cultures but carry two different messages.
  • There are certain NVC signals made by the teacher in class that could easily be misinterpreted and thus cast doubt on his/her integrity
  • Certain gestures and movements used in NVC signals have no relation at all to the language, they only have a social function like for example using both hands in receiving a gift or taking off one’s hat when greeting another person.
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