Nonverbal communication and its Role in Teaching a Second Language

Amir Mohammadian



Since language speakers’ competence is not merely limited to knowing lexical items and syntactic structures, considering all the different aspects of linguist knowledge is important in teaching and learning a second or foreign language. In the present paper, after a brief review on the different types of competence introduced so far, another probable aspect of competence that is nonverbal competence is considered using some examples indicating potential sources of miscommunication resulted from not being competent in this regard. It seems in teaching a foreign or second language the importance of this aspect of language knowledge cannot be ignored.


Key words: competence, nonverbal communication, miscommunication

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