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8 Interpersonal and Intercultural Body Language, Gestures and Etiquette Language Exercises

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.

1 Body language and gestures

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.

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Body language and gestures audio

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2 Body language and gestures 2

This is similar to the above but a little more straight forward.

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Body language gestures 2 audio

3 Body language and gestures 3 vocabulary exercise (with answers)

    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.  Click on the image  or the link to download the printable PDF file.

Body language and gestures vocabulary

Body language and gestures vocabulary (PDF)

4  Body language, gestures and manners vocabulary dictation

 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 manners and etiquette vocabulary

Body language, gestures and manners worksheet (PDF)

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5  Brainstorming good and bad manners

This is a great icebreaker  and brainstorming exercises for a class about intercultural issues or politeness and etiquette topics.

Brainstorming icebreaker about for good and bad manners in various social situations.

Brainstorming good and bad manners (PDF)

6 Manners & etiquette speaking skills worksheet (with answers)

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 exercise

Manners and etiquette speaking skills (PDF)

7 Polite vs impolite etiquette language skills worksheet (with answers)

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 language exercise

Polite vs impolite etiquette language exercise  (PDF)

8 Hugging, kissing and shaking hands lesson

  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 .

Gestures vocabulary and speaking lesson

Hugging, kissing and shaking hands lesson  (PDF)

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