Lesson Planning of Tone and Non-Verbal Cues

Students` Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and use the appropriate tone and non-verbal cues for different communicative functions.

Information for Teachers

  • Non-verbal cues are ways to communicate without using words, through your expressions.
  • Such cues include body language, tone of voice, movement, appearance, eye contact, voice, gestures, intonation, facial expressions, silence (pause).
  • Tone and non-verbal cues are the transmission of messages or signals through a non-verbal platform such as eye contact, facial expressions, gestures, postures, and the distance between two individuals.

Tone and Non-Verbal Cues

  • Tone of voice (saying the same thing in different ways can give new meaning), etc.
  • Tone of voice (Emotions are given away not by what people are saying it but how they say it).
  • Speaking loudly in short sentences can show aggression.
  • Speaking gently and smiling show caring of someone.
  • Mirroring- When two people are in tune with each other they will often mirror each other’s body language.
  • When out of tune with one another body language will not match and make a conversation uncomfortable.
  • While teaching the lesson, the teacher should also consult the textbook where required.

Material / Resources

Writing board, chalk / marker, duster, things in the classroom, textbook

  • Write the following sentence on the board.
  • Then call some students to say it in different styles using their body language, sound up and down, speed, eye contact, etc.
  • Each next student has to perform the same sentence but in different way.
“This is my seat”
  • Ask the students the different meanings expressed by their class fellows when they said the same sentence (like anger, happiness, comfort, sadness, welcoming, hate, pride, etc.)

Activity 1

  • Discuss these pictures with the class and ask them to find more examples from their books.

Tone and Non-Verbal Cues

Activity 2

  • Make the students read and understand the three situations given in the table and communicate using words and without words (non-verbal cues):

Activity 3

  • Identify how body language is being used in the pictures.
  • Examine facial expression, gesture, body position, and mirroring.
Sum up / Conclusion
  • Ask the students how we can guess about our friends’ moods at different times.
  • Involve the student’s inn solving the problems given in the exercise at the end of unit/chapter.
  • Ask the students to find out one sentence / expression from their English book and express that with words and non-verbal cues.
Follow up
  • Copy any cartoon character`s verbal and non-verbal cues.(only English cartoons or children programs in English)
  • Ask the students to perform in the class next day and let the class guess.
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