Nonverbal Communication in Foreign Language Classrooms

We know by now just how important, and often overlooked, nonverbal communication is in the classroom. But how does its significance differ in a foreign language classroom setting? Achieving positive teacher-student communication can tend to rely greatly on understanding each others needs and expectations nonverbally. In foreign language classrooms in particular, students are very commonly going to learn at a slower rate and have higher levels of confusion than when being taught something in their first language. Teachers must also find a way to teach their students how nonverbal signals differ from one language to another. For example, an article written by Qi Pan in Theory and Practice in Language Studies discusses how teachers of foreign languages can achieve better learning results with their students by teaching not only things like vocal and grammar in their classrooms, but by also emphasizing to their students the role nonverbal communication plays in that particular language and how it differs from others. Pan also discusses other ways in which nonverbal communication impacts students in the classroom, and you can read the full article here: