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  1. 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)

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. Albert Meharabian’s rule • there are three elements in any interpersonal communication: • words, • tone of voice • body-language.

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Tips for Establishing Proper Body Language(http://istudy.psu.edu/FirstYearModules/PeerTutoring/BodyLanguageTips.htm)

  10. Tips for Establishing Proper Body Language(http://istudy.psu.edu/FirstYearModules/PeerTutoring/BodyLanguageTips.htm)

  11. Tips for Establishing Proper Body Language(http://istudy.psu.edu/FirstYearModules/PeerTutoring/BodyLanguageTips.htm)

  12. Tips for Establishing Proper Body Language(http://istudy.psu.edu/FirstYearModules/PeerTutoring/BodyLanguageTips.htm)

  13. Tips for Establishing Proper Body Language(http://istudy.psu.edu/FirstYearModules/PeerTutoring/BodyLanguageTips.htm)

  14. Conclusion • 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.

  15. Works cited: • “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>

  16. …for more information about body language: • Gestures: The Do's and Taboos of Body Language Around the World by Roger E. Axtell