Paralanguage is used every day to communicate and is related to one’s culture. It is often unconscious, however, when teaching a conscious effort should be made so one understands how they are perceived by others and what signals they give off. Teachers must take into consideration their own culture, the culture of the community they teach in, and the culture of students and their families. Teachers use paralanguage when communicating with their colleagues and need to understand how best to collaborate with each other. When communicating with parents, teachers need to make sure they feel welcome in the classroom and considered as equals; this can be accomplished with proper paralanguage. An open classroom environment where students feel safe to express themselves can be accomplished if one is aware of the facial expressions, body language, and mood they are putting off; all aspects found within paralanguage.
"Recognizing Paralanguage in Teaching."
The Downtown Review.
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