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JAPANESE BODY LANGUAGE;
Non-Verbal Communication in the Classroom
by Robert L. Seltman

Originally submitted to the School for International Training, Brattleboro, Vermont. Nov.1991

ABSTRACT

This paper is a guide to the use of body language in the Japanese EFL classroom. It includes a brief introduction to the use of the hands, the face and the body for non-verbal Japanese communication, and suggests interpretations for many of the more common gestures and signs. Included are various uses of silence by the Japanese student, to assist the non-Japanese teacher in understanding the cultural subtleties behind student behavior.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER 1 - THE USE OF THE HANDS
Hand Signs
CHAPTER 2 - THE USE OF THE FACE
Facial Expressions
CHAPTER 3 - THE USE OF BODY POSTURE AND GESTURE
Body Gestures
CHAPTER 4 - THE USE OF SILENCE
Surprised Silence
Silence as an Expression of Agreement or Disagreement
Silence as an Expression of Femininity
Silence as an Expression of Defiance
Silence in Mixed Classes
Silence as Passive Resistance
CHAPTER 6- CONCLUSION
BIBLIOGRAPHY

ERIC DESCRIPTORS

Feedback
Classroom Communication
Nonverbal Communication
Cultural Awareness
Japanese

Copyright ©1991 by Robert L. Seltman


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