January 26th 2023
Body language is always an interesting topic for the classroom. Body language and gestures elicit a surprising variety of interpretations. It’s quite fun. And of course, when you add in a mix of cultures, it gets even more interesting.
This is a body language quiz with answers for language learners and for intercultural communication. Students read the description of the body language and write a suggestion for it’s meaning.
Subscribe to get full access to the latest and best resources from eslflow.com. There are no ads in the newsletter and you will receive entertaining, high quality, and up-to-date teaching resources regularly. And, if you subscribe, you will be supporting the eslflow website.
A vocabulary and critical thinking exercise for discussing travel and culture. Students use the words at the bottom of the page to complete the sentences and then agree/disagree with the statements and give reasons for their choices.
A nice easy icebreaker to start a class. Students brainstorm ideas for the meanings of the body language or gesture in each picture.
This exercise explores gestures as a form of interpersonal communication. I should note that the answers may vary and my answers are just my interpretation.
This is similar to the above but a little more straight forward.
The exercise below is for introducing and exploring body language and gestures vocabulary. Students match the vocabulary to the pictures. This can serve as an introduction to a discussion of intercultural communication and body language.
Body language and gestures vocabulary (PDF)
This is exercise is a good way of introducing the vocabulary associated with body language, gestures & manners to learners of the English language. Dictate the vocabulary on Page 2 of the PDF and tell the students to find the appropriate picture and to write the words on the correct picture. Dictate the words randomly. Alternatively, if the students are quite weak scramble the words on the whiteboard.
Body language, gestures and manners worksheet (PDF)
5 travel and tourism language and vocabulary lessons
This is a great icebreaker and brainstorming exercises for a class about intercultural issues or politeness and etiquette topics.
Brainstorming good and bad manners (PDF)
This is an exercise for practicing language associated with manners and etiquette. Students look at the pictures and complete the speech bubbles with their own ideas.
Manners and etiquette speaking skills (PDF)
This is an exercise for practicing language associated with manners and etiquette. Students look at the pictures and write sentences with their own ideas.
Polite vs impolite etiquette language exercise (PDF)
This is an ESL speaking and writing lesson for practicing basic language for talking about relationships and culture. Learning and understanding the language of relationships, friendship and romance is a pretty fun and easily personalized topic for English language learners. First, students match the pictures with the vocabulary and expressions at the left of the page. Then they can hold short conversations using the example at the bottom of the page as a guide .
Hugging, kissing and shaking hands lesson (PDF)
10 Jobs and Careers Language Skills Exercises
6 Describing People and Appearance Vocabulary and Language Exercises
8 Business English Vocabulary Exercises
8 Business English Speaking Skill Worksheets
2 Replies to “Intercultural body language, gestures and etiquette language exercises”
I love these activities!
Thanks so much for the comment. it’s a good topic, I think!