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Non-Verbal, Verbal & Written Language - Chapter Summary
Whether you know a little or a lot about non-verbal, verbal and written language, this self-paced chapter can effectively boost your knowledge. Bite-sized lessons provide in-depth analyses of body language, differences between spoken and written languages, the role of listening in understanding language and much more. Review these lessons any time your schedule permits using any computer or mobile device, and test your knowledge of key concepts by taking the accompanying quizzes. Our comprehensive exam tests your understanding of the entire chapter. When you're finished, you will be ready to do the following:
- List types and give examples of non-verbal communication
- Detail the history of sign language
- Explain how body language and verbal communication complement each other
- Describe ways humans and animals communicate non-verbally
- Provide definitions of language and language regions
- Discuss the relationship between language development and writing
1. Non-Verbal Communication: Examples, Types & Definition
In this lesson, you will learn where non-verbal communication comes from and why people display non-verbals cues. You will also see several examples of non-verbal communication that you will be able to spot in others.
2. The History of Sign Language
Using hand gestures and body language is one of the oldest and most basic forms of communication. Learn how these simple movements evolved into the many forms of formal sign language used today by deaf communities all around the globe.
3. Understanding Body Language: Definition & Signs
Our body language can be a more effective means of communication than verbal or written language. In this lesson, we'll learn about types of human body language and what they convey to others. Test your knowledge with a short quiz after the lesson.
4. How Body Language Complements Verbal Communication
When used properly, body language can be a great way to complement your verbal communication and make your words more memorable. Through this lesson, you will explore some of the ways that body language can help or hurt your abilities as a communicator.
5. Non-Verbal Communication Between Animals & Humans
How do animals communicate with each other nonverbally? Which animals understand humans' nonverbal communications best, and why? How can we 'get into' the heads of the animals we interact with, and improve our ability to communicate with them?
6. Differences Between Spoken & Written Languages
In this lesson we'll explore the difference between spoken and written languages. Specifically, we'll highlight their ages, permanence of each, structure, and even the way they are treated with different degrees of prestige.
7. Language & Language Regions: Definitions & Dialects
Do you know what lolly water is? How about gym boots? In this lesson, you'll consider how word choices, accent and pronunciation are all part of our use of language and how this varies by region.
8. The Role of Listening in Understanding Language
If you are interested in how language development works and what really happens as we try to understand each other, then you will want to think about the role of listening in understanding language. This lesson addresses the importance of listening.
9. The Relationship Between Writing & Language Development
If you are interested in the ways language develops and is used, then you might be curious to learn more about the role of writing. This lesson discusses the relationship between writing and language development overall.
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