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Bambang W. Pratolo


body language, non-verbal behavior, culture, language teaching, effective communication


Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to prove the importance of understanding body language to achieve the effectiveness of English language classes.

Methodology: Literature investigation is carried out to confirm the objective of this paper.

Results: In the teaching and learning process, effective communication between a teacher and students is the utmost importance. The failure to establish effective communication in the classroom setting will result in a deficiency of the teaching and learning process.

Implications: It is the fact that many cues of body language are culture-specific and therefore the only way to improve the understanding of body language is by interacting with people from different cultural backgrounds so that they can share socio-cultural and linguistic norms. Thus, the experience will enrich the teacher with cross-cultural nonverbal behavior which benefits his performance in the classroom. Both teachers' and students' knowledge of non-verbal language play very significant roles in making the classroom interaction successful. Therefore, finally, a summary is presented to reconfirm the importance of integrating body language into classroom interaction.


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