Unit 21 Body Language
Warming up Listening speaking
【Analysis of the unit】
The central topic of the unit is body language, relating to ―What is body language‖,
―How to understand body language‖ and ―Body language is intercultural‖. All language skills
and knowledge are almost designed for the central topic---body language. The whole unit is planned for six periods, ―Warming-up Listening Speaking‖ is the first period.
Task-based Language Teaching is the teaching idea. Arousing interests, setting up situations and practising step by step is the teaching pattern. During teaching period, various activities are set up according to the students’ English level. In this way, their English abilities of listening, speaking and writing can be improved by training and playing. At the same time, The students’ emotional needs are met.
【Analysis of student’s situation】
The students’ major is Commerce & Business English. They should know more information on how to communicate with body language besides verbal communication. The students are not level in English. Excepting one third of the students, most of them are afraid to speak English. The main task is to draw their attentions and arouse their motivation to make them join in the teaching activities.
1、Knowledge Aims；a. Master the words and expressions relating to body language
b. Familiar with the -ing form as a noun
2、Skill Aims；a. Discuss and describe body language
b. Grasp the functional language relating to ―make offers‖ and ―make requests‖
2、Integrating Quality Aims；a. Foster the students’ creative ability
b. Improve the students’ ability of Communicating and working with others
【Important & Difficult Points】
a、Foster the students’ ability of understanding and using body language as well as skill of oral description.
b、Be proficient in making offers and requests using daily expressions.
a、Improve students’ listening ability. Help them to learn to get information and work out the
definite conclusion by listening.
b、Be proficient in making offers and requests using daily expressions to overcome a difficulty
with the help of body language.
【Teaching & Learning Methods】
The lesson is designed based on Task-based language teaching. It includes three links: preparation for the task (some relating topics and language input), process of carrying
out the task, language practice after the task. In the class, the following teaching methods
are used: 1. The Direct Method 2. Listening & Speaking
3. Situational Approach 4. Communicative Approach Learning methods； 1、Activity 2、Cooperation & Exploration Method
Students’ activities； lockstep, group work, pair work
【Teaching tools】 Computer, OHP(overhead projector)、FLASH software
Discussion Step II
Brainstorming Warming up(5mins)
Pre-listening Step III
Listening TEACHING PROCEDURES Listening(15mins)
Step IV listening & Oral Practice
Speaking(18mins) Dumb Show & Narrating
Making up Dialogues
Sum up Summary(3mins)
Extension Step VI
STEP I lead-in (3mins)
Teaching task: understand what is body language and its function
Greeting using body language
The direct method (显示影片)
Let’s enjoy a film--- a silent film of Charlie Chaplin
What is it—moving hands, heads and eyes ? Can you understand it ?
Body Language’s definition and function
finition and function
(T: teacher S: students)
T: Usually, when we say something, we like to move our hands, head or eyes. What is it?
S: It is body language.
T: For what do we use body language when we speak? S: To express ourselves more clearly or vividly. T: Sometimes, we don’t say anything, but we can understand each other. Why?
S: We use our body language.
Body language is the movements or positions of our body that show other people what
we are thinking or feeling. We can use it to express our thoughts and opinions and to
communicate with other people.
STEP II Warming up(5mins)
Teaching tasks: Master some new words and expressions
Learn to describe body language
What’s it--- facial expression (显示图片)
LANGUAGE What’s it --- gesture
The Direct Method
(pair work) Discussion :
Match each picture with emotion and sentences; Activity I:
why? Give reasons
1: Confused ―I don’t know what to do ‖
2: Angry ―I can’t believe she said that! That is so unfair!‖
3: Sad ―I’ve lost my wallet‖
4: Happy ―I got A in my exam‖
5: Tired ―it’s been a long day. I can’t keep my eyes open‖
Activity II: 开放式教学策略
Other common facial tired
other common facial
expressions angry confused
Words of emotions: happy, sad, angry, confused, tired, surprised, joyful, amazed, disgusted,
disappointed, puzzled, hateful, excited, frightened, fearful, embarrassed,
depressed, uneasy, thrilled, easy, confident, delighted, kind, curious, etc. Teacher:
Facial expressions are easy to understand?
Do we use facial expressions on purpose (eg. Can we control our facial expressions)? Can the same facial expression mean different things in different situations? Do men and women use the same facial expressions?
Students: discuss and answer
Activity III: Observe (group work) Guessing game
Some students make a face and say something,
Communicative the others decide what expressions they are
Achieve the teaching goals :
1. Understand what is body language.
2. Know how to express feeling and emotions using body language (facial expression)
STEP III Listening (15mins)
Teaching tasks: Train the students’ listening ability
Discuss and describe body language
-ing form used as noun
Relating pictures of the listening comprehension―― Pre-listening:
help students understand it
The Direct Method 开放式教学策略 (显示图片)
Part I； Question 1；Answer the following questions and act out ；
1. If Tom was enjoying the party, how would he behave? 2. If Tom was not enjoying the party, how would he behave? 3. If Tom wanted to leave the party, how would he behave? 4. If Tom did not want to leave the party, how would he behave? (Students discuss)
1. If the customer was avoiding eye contact, what did she mean? 2. If the customer was lifting her hand, what did she mean? 3. If the customer was covering her mouth, what did she mean? 4. If the customer was frowning, what did she mean? (Students discuss)
Part II: Question 1
1. If someone is telling the truth, how will they behave? 2. If someone is not telling the truth, how will they behave? 3. If someone is felling sad, how will they behave? 4. If someone is felling angry, how will they behave? (Students discuss)
If you are interested in what you are listening, what will you do? (Students discuss) (显示听力练习)
(Lockstep) listening――exercises: cloze and chose the best one Listening:
Get through difficult point
The Direct Method (group work) Discussion:
Post-listening: Make the list of feeling and
Cooperation & act out the body language
Attention: the -ing form as a noun
Eg. Head—shaking one’s head means that I don’t know.
nodding one’s head means that agreement
Eye—opening one’s eyes wide means surprised
T：g：，Students generalizes(Make the list of feeling
Waving one’s hand Hello/hi/goodbye
Putting up one’s hand May I ask a question?
Holding up one’s head Not afraid/proud
Hanging one’s head Feeling sorry for having done
Waving one’s arms Feeling very happy
Touching one’s stomach I’m full/I’ve a stomachache
Cupping one’s ear I can’t hear you
shaking one’s hand or head I don’t know
Shaking a fist I’m very angry
Thumbing up Very good
Moving one’s hand up and down Come here
Making a face Show that you are unhappy
Rubbing the thumb and forefinger Money
Achieve the teaching goals :
1. Improve students’ listening ability. Help them to learn to get information and work out
the definite conclusion by listening. 2. Get a deeper understanding of body language in our daily life;eye contact, gesture；. 3. Discuss and describe body language, taste of –ing form used as noun.
STEP IV Speaking(18mins)
Teaching tasks: make offers and requests with the help of body language
Learn to express yourself using body language
Activity I: (放录音) Listening to the dialogue and practice
listening & Speaking
language input――sorting the useful expression
(Group work) show the results
Can I help you ?
Would you like some help? Offering help Would you like me to do something for you?
Is there anything I can do for you?
Do you need some help with…?
Yes, please. Accepting Help Thank you for your help.
That’s very kind of you.
It’s all right. Thank you.
Refusing help I can manage. Thank you all the same.
No, thanks. I can manage it my self.
Could you please do something for me?
Could you help me with…? Asking for help Could you give me a hand, please?
Will you please do me a favor?
Activity II； ，pair work(Situation I: Dumb show and narrating
情感激励法 Situational Approach I师生合作哑剧，其他学生解读、配音――练习、巩固make
Communicative Approach offers & requests
，Demands of the performance(
Performer: Use the body to express what is said
Use the face expressions to express what is said
Use his/her eyes to express what is said Narrator: Describe or express what was being acted out
Use words and sentence patterns correctly
Work simultaneously with the performance Story: It is new / It is interesting / Is realistic Performance: go well
Activity III； ，group work:(Situation II/III――making offers and requests
Sum up: dialogues made by students
I An old II Someone is late III An old and ――能力拓展
man is carry a for a flight and wants to sick man is on a Situation
very heavy go ahead of the queue crowed bus and
suitcase wants to sit down
you ask for
Achieve the teaching goals :
Be proficient in making offers and requests using daily expressions to overcome a difficulty with the help of body language.
STEP V Summary & homework(3mins)
Activity I Summary
Activity II Extension
，显示图片( ，pair work( Discussion； show pictures
Body language is intercultural
Picture1: ― greeting ‖ gesture
Different greeting gestures make confusion.
Picture2: ― Ok ‖ gesture
The same gesture has different meanings in different countries.
Assignment (after class):
Body language varies from culture to culture.
What examples are given to show that body language varies from culture to culture?
Collecting information in groups
STEP VI Evaluation & feedback(1mins)
Ask students to evaluate their learning outcomes
The thing I can do Evaluation
I can talk about body language excellent/merit/pass/fail
I can describe body language excellent/merit/pass/fail
I can use body language to express myself excellent/merit/pass/fail
I can offer help and ask for help in English excellent/merit/pass/fail
I can remember the new words and expressions excellent/merit/pass/fail
Writing on the blackboard
Unit 21 BODY LANGUAGE
Warming up listening & Speaking
I ，ing form of Body language II Useful expression
Waving one’s head Make offers
Waving one’s arms Make requests
Touching one’s stomach Acceptance
Cupping one’s ear Refusing
shaking one’s hand ……
The thing I can do Evaluation %
I can talk about body language E 41.7 M 41.7 P 16.2 F 4.4
I can describe body language E 33.3 M 37.5 P 20.8 F 4.4
I can use body language to express myself E 29.2 M 50 P 12.5 F 8.3
I can offer help and ask for help in English E 16.7 M 54.1 P 20.8 F 4.4
I can remember the new words and expressions E 50 M 29.2 P 16.4 F 4.4