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.