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Say What!? Non-Verbal Communication and Role-play in the World Language Classroom

PresenterJoseph Barbour

Saturday 9:45 - 10:45 a.m.

Aurora III 

How important is non-verbal communication in the foreign language classroom and how can teachers ensure their students are best prepared for intercultural communication? This session will focus on the integration of non-verbal systems with the linguistic content typically studied in the World Language classroom. The goal is that students achieve effective communicative competence, avoiding possible misunderstandings. While many examples will be provided from the American Spanish-speaking community, teachers of other languages will be able to apply strategies to their classrooms. Role-play will be used in this session to demonstrate a fun and engaging way of incorporating non-verbal signs in real world situations.

Applicable Language:  All Languages

Presentation Language:  English

Target Audience:  All Levels, All Teachers

Focus Area(s):  Activities, Instructional Strategies, and/or Classroom Management

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