ERIC Number: ED258468
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Non-Verbal Communication in Puerto Rico. Second Edition.
Curt, Carmen Judith Nine
Observations of the contrasts between Puerto Rican and Anglo nonverbal communication patterns, and their relevance in the classroom, are outlined and discussed. A general observation is that what is acceptable and permissible in one culture is usually not in the other, and teachers are urged to develop ways of making Anglo and Latin American children aware of these differences in patterns in order to promote understanding and facilitate commmunication, not to change the cultural identity of either group. An introductory chapter on the cultural identity is followed by two papers given at conventions of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, including "Non-Verbal Communication in Puerto Rico" and "Non-Verbal Communication in the ESL Classroom, a Frill or a Must?" Additional chapters are devoted to discussion of specific nonverbal behaviors: smiling; staring and eye contact; silence vs. noise; clothes; money matters; laughter and play; frankness vs. reticence; and greetings, farewells, and interruptions. A case study of the linguistic and nonverbal characteristics of Puerto Rican children in a Brooklyn district in 1975 and a paper on Hispanic-Anglo conflicts in non-verbal communication are also included. A bibliography is provided. (MSE)
Descriptors: Body Language, Classroom Communication, Culture Conflict, English (Second Language), Eye Movements, Group Behavior, Interpersonal Communication, Nonverbal Communication, Puerto Ricans, Second Language Instruction, Social Behavior
Evaluation, Dissemination, and Assessment Center, Lesley College, 49 Washington Ave., Cambridge, MA 02140.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Evaluation, Dissemination and Assessment Center for Bilingual Education, Cambridge, MA.