importance of nonverbal communication in teaching

Reflexión académica sobre temáticas relacionadas con la Ingeniería


Gloria Jeanette Rincón Aponte Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia, Facultad de Ingeniería, sede Bogotá

The so-called nonverbal communication comprehends the messages conveyed through gestures, manners, postures and space’s usage; these messages are called “non-verbal signs”. The author presents her reflections about the importance of this type of communication inside classroom, to promote a warm and motivating learning environment. Referring the leading researchers in this field and showing their most relevant findings, the paper also emphasizes on the contributions of kinetics, proxemics and chronemics to the study of the messages sent by the body. We point ahead some nonverbal behaviors that teachers should avoid in class, and how they can achieve assertive communication through their body movements. Finally, it mentions some aspects that improve interaction between teacher and his students, from the nonverbal communication point of view. 
Keywords: nonverbal communication, kinetics, proxemics, interaction, teachers, students

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Author Biography

Gloria Jeanette Rincón Aponte, Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia, Facultad de Ingeniería, sede Bogotá

Licenciada en Lingüística y Literatura. MSc en Lingüística. Profesora tiempo completo de la Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia