The Effectiveness of Non-Verbal Communication in the Classroom
Hawkar Omar Ali
Department of English Language, Faculty of Education, Koya University
People use different ways to communicate with each other. Verbal communication and nonverbal communication are two common and certain ways of exchanging ideas, thoughts, information and emotions. Verbal communication is the use of spoken words to convey a message, while non-verbal communication is the use of unspoken language to contact with others. This paper works on the effectiveness of the latter in the classroom. Thus, non-verbal communication is the subject of this research. The current study aims to understand the significance of non-verbal language on students’ performance. It tries to diagnose the students’ feelings and perspectives about the use of non-verbal communication in the class. For that reason, a quantitative study is followed. A Likert Scale questionnaire is designed, and given to all the students of English department at Koya University. The results of the findings showed that there is a positive correlation between the use of non-verbal communication and students’ performance. The students’ responses to the importance of different types of non-verbal communication vary.
Keywords: Non-Verbal Communication, Body Language, Gesture, Posture