Non-verbal Languages, Important Aspects Neglected By English Teachers in Teaching Speaking
To face the Industrial Era 4.0, the high school graduates must have some skills. They are critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity. One of the important skills mentioned is communication. This is in line with English subject in high school. One of the basic competence of English is that students are able to respond certain texts orally and in written. So, the students study listening and speaking for oral skills, and reading and writing for written skills. Speaking is a part of oral communication taught in English subject to the students. The English teachers must take some considerations when they teach speaking. Ideally, they should introduce verbal and non-verbal languages and the ways to apply them in oral communication. Verbal language covers the choice of words dealing the topic and the sentence structure. The second includes how to deliver their idea. It covers facial expression, posture, gesture, and other body movement. Both of the languages will influence me meaning or idea that the students deliver. However, many English teachers focus on the first rather than the second aspect. They often neglect the second aspects. In this article, the writer would like to explain what non-verbal languages are, how those aspects influence the oral communication, and how to introduce those aspects in speaking class.
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