What about Non-verbal Communication? Teaching Total Communication in EFL Lessons.

ID: 38360 Type: Poster/Demo
  1. Todd Cooper, Toyama National College of Technology, Japan
  2. Akira Tsukada, Yoshinari Naruse, and Akifumi Yamaguchi, Toyama National College of Technology - Imizu Campus, Japan

Wednesday, March 27 6:15 PM-8:00 PM Location: Grand Ballroom C View on map

No presider for this session.

Abstract: English classes in Japan have focused mainly on translation and listening with an occasional communication class to learn English as a Foreign Language (EFL). However, this focus on reading and verbal communication is not enough to develop total communication. The famous “7%-38%-55% Rule” on non-verbal communication suggests that 7% of communication comes from spoken words, 38% from tone of voice, and 55% comes from body language when talking about feelings and/or attitudes. In general, most researchers put the importance of non-verbal communication at somewhere between 50-65%. When combined with a motion-sensor camera, our Virtual Interviewing System (VIS) will help students develop both their verbal and non-verbal communicative English language skills.


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