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1 Activity Plan 179 LESSON 6 Canadian Body Language and Gestures 35 MINUTES HANDOUT(S): 1 Set-up Stage min Communication Stage min answers. Debriefing Stage min Canadian workplace. fidgeting (We do lots of it in dominant Canadian culture, though we are encouraged in business settings, not to.) sneezing and coughing clearing the throat spitting sitting and standing posture slurping while eating food proximics (how close should you stand to another person Arabs say you should not trust a man whose breath you cannot smell, meaning you should be very close. People who do not stand close are not trusted.) eye contact touching: where, when, by whom? dominant Canadian and American cultures, it is normal to leak quite a bit of your emotions. This means that as you are listening to something, you make facial expressions and use body language that indicates your response. This is done automatically, and an individual in these cultures is usually surprised when others have read the facial expressions and body language and know how we feel. Many other cultures have far less leakage. For individuals from these cultures, Canadians can seem juvenile or obvious. Canadians may find individuals from these non-leakage cultures inscrutable or unapproachable. Advanced Preparation Handout 1 if desired Purpose dominant culture gestures in Canada gestures and their meanings language issues leakage Ways to Add Support and discuss their significance and when they might be used. I would try them first, as the instructions are confusing sometimes. Ways to Add Challenge Handout 1 together. 210 ELSA for the Workplace 6/7 Module 4: Language and Culture in the Workplace

2 ELSA for the Workplace 6/7 Activity 179 Handout 1 Canadian Body Language and Gestures Exercise 1: Match the gesture with the meaning 1. Nod head from side to side Who knows? 2. Nod head up and down Me 3. Thumb held up Delicious 4. First finger pointed up and held to lips You are judged as trustworthy 5. Circle made with first finger and thumb Cut. Bring what you re doing or saying to an end. Wrap it up. 6. Firm handshake with area between thumb and finger touching the inside of the other persons thumb and finger 7. Soft handshake with area between thumb and finger NOT touching the inside of the other persons thumb and finger 8. Lift shoulders and keeping hands about stomach level, elbow bent. Turn palms of hands to face upward 9. Palm faced down, hold hand a small way out from the body and rock it back and forth 10. Put thumb and first finger together in an oval and lift to lips. Quickly push finger and thumb out from face, separating them as they go out. At the same time, purse lips in a quick kiss gesture. You are being focused or attentive. You are listening. You are judging. You are defensive. You are cold. Stop what you are saying right now. It feels like this is an attack. Your behaviour is unacceptable. No. That s wrong. I don t agree. Oh my God. I forgot all about that. I m overwhelmed Similar to 18, but stronger. I won t say anything because I m listening. The finger on my lips prevents me from opening my mouth, although I have lots to say on this 11. Raise eye brows What time is it, please? 12. Lift first and second fingers from lap and touch the center of one s chest. Yes. That s right. I agree. 13. Draw first finger across the neck. I m thinking. I m listening and thinking. 14. Hold out one hand, palm facing away, the fingers up. Palm comes between your eyes and the eyes of the person you are communicating with Really? I m surprised. I question that. 15. Hold your arms crossed in front of your chest. So-so. Kind of. Not so great. 16. Touch your first finger to the opposite top of the wrist. Raise your eye brows. Oh, no. Oh, dear. What a mistake! Module 4: Language and Culture in the Workplace ELSA for the Workplace 6/7 211

3 Activity 179 Handout 1 (Page 2 of 2) 17. Put both hands, palm down, on the two upper sides of the head. 18. Raise your left palm and put it on your mouth. Okay. Great. Well done. Similar to Put your finger between your lips, resting on your bottom lip. Perhaps chew at your nail. 20. Sit with your thumb under your chin and your first finger bent and pressed against your lips 21. Bend elbow and hold hand at chest level, perpendicular with palm facing you. Bend first finger repeatedly towards you. 22. Bend elbow and hold hand at chest level, face palm outward. Rock arm from side to side, pivoting at the elbow. Okay You are judged as weak or untrustworthy Please be quiet! Good-bye. Come here. 212 ELSA for the Workplace 6/7 Module 4: Language and Culture in the Workplace

4 ELSA for the Workplace 6/7 Activity 179 Answer Key Handout 1 Canadian Body Language and Gestures Exercise 1: Match the gesture with the meaning 1. Nod head from side to side 8 Who knows? 2. Nod head up and down 12 Me 3. Thumb held up 10 Delicious 4. First finger pointed up and held to lips 6 You are judged as trustworthy 5. Circle made with first finger and thumb 13 Cut. Bring what you re doing or saying to an end. Wrap it up. 6. Firm handshake with area between thumb and finger touching the inside of the other persons thumb and finger 7. Soft handshake with area between thumb and finger NOT touching the inside of the other persons thumb and finger 8. Lift shoulders and keeping hands about stomach level, elbow bent. Turn palms of hands to face upward 9. Palm faced down, hold hand a small way out from the body and rock it back and forth 10. Put thumb and first finger together in an oval and lift to lips. Quickly push finger and thumb out from face, separating them as they go out. At the same time, purse lips in a quick kiss gesture. 15 You are being focused or attentive. You are listening. You are judging. You are defensive. You are cold. 14 Stop what you are saying right now. It feels like this is an attack. Your behaviour is unacceptable. 1 No. That s wrong. I don t agree. 17 Oh my God. I forgot all about that. I m overwhelmed Similar to 18, but stronger. 20 I won t say anything because I m listening. The finger on my lips prevents me from opening my mouth, although I have lots to say on this 11. Raise eye brows 16 What time is it, please? 12. Lift first and second fingers from lap and touch the center of one s chest. 2 Yes. That s right. I agree. 13. Draw first finger across the neck. 19 I m thinking. I m listening and thinking. 14. Hold out one hand, palm facing away, the fingers up. Palm comes between your eyes and the eyes of the person you are communicating with 11 Really? I m surprised. I question that. 15. Hold your arms crossed in front of your chest. 9 So-so. Kind of. Not so great. 16. Touch your first finger to the opposite top of the wrist. Raise your eye brows. 18 Oh, no. Oh, dear. What a mistake! Module 4: Language and Culture in the Workplace ELSA for the Workplace 6/7 213

5 Activity 179 Answer Key Handout 1 (Page 2 of 2) 17. Put both hands, palm down, on the two upper sides of the head. 5 Okay 18. Raise your left palm and put it on your mouth. 3 Okay. Great. Well done. Similar to Put your finger between your lips, resting on your bottom lip. Perhaps chew at your nail. 20. Sit with your thumb under your chin and your first finger bent and pressed against your lips 21. Bend elbow and hold hand at chest level, perpendicular with palm facing you. Bend first finger repeatedly towards you. 22. Bend elbow and hold hand at chest level, face palm outward. Rock arm from side to side, pivoting at the elbow. 7 You are judged as weak or untrustworthy 4 Please be quiet! 22 Good-bye. 21 Come here. 214 ELSA for the Workplace 6/7 Module 4: Language and Culture in the Workplace

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