Videoconferencing: Unspoken Language

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As noted in the last blog, emotions play a powerful role in learning. The advantage in videoconferencing is that you get to see emotions as well as hear emotions; not all conversations are about words. Unlike teleconferences, you can see participants as they can see you in videoconferencing. Body language plays an important role and needs practice by itself. Understanding body language in videoconferencing allows you to better grasp what the other person is trying to say. Generally, body language is the part of all video conversations that helps explain and understand what is being said.

Body Language Conversation
Body language of the speaker and listener is attentive, maintains composure, shows confidence and conveys politeness, friendliness, and interest. Participants maintain eye contact. Non-verbal clues are given to show understanding, clarification questioning, agreement or disagreement. Few sentences are exchanged. (source: Slvia Rosenthal Tolisono – Langwitches Blog)

Practice
While you and your tutor are practicing simple conversations pay attention to the body language. Work on gestures and appropriate body language associated with Videoconferencing. Note the facial movement when your tutor is pronouncing words. This is also a great chance to learn about cultural norms as well as the “Do’s and Don’ts” of speaking in English on videoconferences.

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