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The Importance of Body Language in Tutoring(M. Patrizia Ferrari)

“Body language is a very powerful tool. We had body language before we had speech, and apparently, 80% of what you understand in a conversation is read through the body, not the words.” (Deborah Bull)


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According to Wikipedia’s definitionBody language is :(Wikipedia)

  • a term for communication using body movements or gestures instead of, or in addition to, sounds, verbal language or other communication.

  • It forms part of the category of paralanguage (human communication that are not verbal language).

  • In addition body language can also incorporate the use of facial expressions


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Why Body Language is important in tutoring

  • During a tutoring session, body language can be used as an important tool to achieve a productive tutoring session, or it can as well expose a tutor who is not really interested in the tutee’s issue.

  • Attention and coherence between body language and verbal expression is important in order to build a good relationship of trust with each tutee.


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Albert Meharabian’s rule

  • there are three elements in any interpersonal communication:

  • words,

  • tone of voice

  • body-language.


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Albert Meharabian’s rule:

  • non-verbal expression is peculiar for communicating feelings and attitude, and if words and body language disagree, one tends to believe the body language


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Albert Meharabian’s rule:

  • “3 Vs” (verbal, vocal & visual) account differently for our liking for the person who delivers the message:

  • words account for 7%,

  • tone of voice accounts for 38%,

  • body language accounts for 55% of the liking


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Personal experience:

  • after watching the video tape about my tutoring session, I was very surprised about my body posture and the way I was too close and protective with my tutee. Besides, my hands were really hyper-active.


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Jeff Brooks, in “Minimalist tutoring”, suggests how body language can reinforce the fact that: “the paper belongs to the student and that the tutor is not an editor” (85).

  • Sit beside the student- It shows the student that the tutor is not the one “in charge" of the paper.

  • The student is the one physically closer to her paper-The tutor observes the tutee works on her own paper.

  • The tutor should avoid holding a pen in her hands- so that the student herself has the responsibility to correct her paper.


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Tips for Establishing Proper Body Language language can reinforce the fact that: “the paper belongs to the student and that the tutor is not an editor” (85).(http://istudy.psu.edu/FirstYearModules/PeerTutoring/BodyLanguageTips.htm)


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Tips for Establishing Proper Body Language language can reinforce the fact that: “the paper belongs to the student and that the tutor is not an editor” (85).(http://istudy.psu.edu/FirstYearModules/PeerTutoring/BodyLanguageTips.htm)


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Tips for Establishing Proper Body Language language can reinforce the fact that: “the paper belongs to the student and that the tutor is not an editor” (85).(http://istudy.psu.edu/FirstYearModules/PeerTutoring/BodyLanguageTips.htm)


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Tips for Establishing Proper Body Language language can reinforce the fact that: “the paper belongs to the student and that the tutor is not an editor” (85).(http://istudy.psu.edu/FirstYearModules/PeerTutoring/BodyLanguageTips.htm)


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Tips for Establishing Proper Body Language language can reinforce the fact that: “the paper belongs to the student and that the tutor is not an editor” (85).(http://istudy.psu.edu/FirstYearModules/PeerTutoring/BodyLanguageTips.htm)


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Conclusion language can reinforce the fact that: “the paper belongs to the student and that the tutor is not an editor” (85).

  • Tutoring is a great opportunity for both the tutor and the tutee to grow culturally and to establish a relationship based on trust.

  • Of course it takes time and experience to be in constant control of our body language.

  • However, it is a mark of professionalism for a tutor to know and practice body language strategies.


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Works cited: language can reinforce the fact that: “the paper belongs to the student and that the tutor is not an editor” (85).

  • “Body Language.” Wikipedia. 10 March 2008 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_language>

  • Brooks Jeff. “Minimalist Tutoring: Making the Student do All the Work.’Minimalist Tutoring. (In class hand-out).

  • Mehrabian, Albert. Silent messages., Belmont: Wadsworth, 1971.

  • “Mehrabian, Albert”. Wikipedia. 10 March 2008

    <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Mehrabian>

  • “Tips for Establish Proper Body Language.” 10 March 2008

    <http://istudy.psu.edu/FirstYearModules/PeerTutoring/Pee rTutorInfo.htmyLanguageTips.htm>


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…for more information about body language: language can reinforce the fact that: “the paper belongs to the student and that the tutor is not an editor” (85).

  • Gestures: The Do's and Taboos of Body Language Around the World by Roger E. Axtell


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