An Investigation of Students’ Attitudes on Teachers' Nonverbal Interaction in Iranian EFL Classrooms
International Journal of Language and Linguistics
Volume 2, Issue 6-1, November 2014, Pages: 13-18
Received: Aug. 28, 2014; Accepted: Sep. 4, 2014; Published: Nov. 18, 2014
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Fatemeh Behjat, English Department, Abadeh Branch, Islamic Azad University, Abadeh, Iran
Samaneh Bayat, English Department, Abadeh Branch, Islamic Azad University, Abadeh, Iran
Ali Asghar Kargar, English Department, Abadeh Branch, Islamic Azad University, Abadeh, Iran
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Abstract
The aim of present research was to investigate the importance of nonverbal communication in EFL students’ language learning. Communication is a means of sharing ideas, feelings, and attitudes. It is separated into two types: verbal and nonverbal. In verbal communication, we use the language while nonverbal communication is the behavior that can be perceived indirectly from physical language. The nonverbal aspect of communication, which plays an extremely important role in human social interaction, has been known for a long time, but it has hardly been investigated. Ignorance of nonverbal communication will result in problems in education such as incompleteness and inefficiency of classroom teaching. This study was conducted in Shariyar, Iran. The participants were 70 Iranian students at Shahriyar Islamic Azad University. They were selected from among B.A. students majoring in English teaching. The data were gathered through a questionnaire. The results showed high positive attitudes towards teachers’ facial expressions and eye contact as two forms of nonverbal communication in Iranian students’ L2 learning.
Keywords
Foreign Language Teaching, Nonverbal Communication, Students’ Attitude
To cite this article
Fatemeh Behjat, Samaneh Bayat, Ali Asghar Kargar, An Investigation of Students’ Attitudes on Teachers' Nonverbal Interaction in Iranian EFL Classrooms, International Journal of Language and Linguistics. Special Issue: Innovations in Foreign Language Teaching. Vol. 2, No. 6-1, 2014, pp. 13-18. doi: 10.11648/j.ijll.s.2014020601.13
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