Geography mirrors man- how to make the best of verbal and non-verbal communication accross cultures. 

Aim: To encourage dialogue between cultures through similarities and differences in behaviour, eliminate misunderstandings, raise awareness of non-verbal communication – make it an advantage in job searching across Europe.

Tools: Twin space, youtube.

Outline of the project:

1) Introducing. Getting to now each other. The students get to know Twin Space, create their accounts and profiles, write information about themselves ( intrests, home town etc.).
2) The students print, discuss and sign with the teacher the code of conduct:

Code of conduct

1. Try to be creative, open-minded and positive about others
2. Remember that any single voice, opinion matters equally
3. Remember not to offend anybody's feelings, beliefs
4. Upload pictures and messages which will be relevant to the topic
5. Respect others
6. Stick to the deadlines and time limits
7. .................. ( add a point you find significant we will add it to the common list of code for everybody to obey)

Task 1. Aim: comparing the use of polite words in different countries. A questionnaire.
The students print the questionnaire. Translate it into their native languages, apply to 20 people, upload the results to twinspace. ( January)

Task 2. Aim: understanding what the body tells about our emotions, comparing body language in different cultures. ( February)

The students upload pictures of the following emotions to the twinspace:

1) disapproval
2) approval
3) anger
4) respect
5) disrespect
6) fear
7) confidence
8) uncertainty
9) apologising
10) gratitude

For each emotion the students describe how in their countries the people express the emotions using visible elements e.g. body language, gestures, voice, clothes, eyes etc).

The students comapre the results, spot the differences and similarities accross cultures, write their comments.Are there any differences in gestures showing emotions accross Europe? Is non- verbal communication important? What does our body tell about us? When can it be of big importance? Why?

Task 3 . Aim: understanding the importance of body language during job interviews. ( March- April)

The students record two videos: 1) A successful job interview : 'I'm successful, well-prepared, confident' - proper behaviour, confident body language, clothes, voice etc.)

2) Un unsuccessful job interview:' I don't believe in what I'm saying' ( wrong body language, voice, clothes etc).

The students sum up their work, find the improper behaviour, comment on the improvements.

Task4. Aim: Summing up.Understanding the importance of norms of behaviour in different countries. ( May)

The students work out the set of norms of proper behaviour. The Code of Proper Behaviour- useful tips on how to make your verbal and non-verbal communication successful. The students may use e.g. spicynodes tool for visual presentations( mind mapping and planning) to present the Code of Proper Behaviour. 

During the studies on body language and the ways of expressing emotions we accompilshed the following activities: 

1. Students from Romania, Turkey, Germany, Spain, Portugal and Poland examined how people express different emotions in their countries, they took the picures of the people around then and formed a gallery of the emotions in different countries ( available on twinspace). 
2. The students discussed with teachers about the positive and negative aspects of body language, the messages our body sends through certain gestures, facial expressions. 
3.The students conducted the questionnaire about the usage of polite words in their countries. 
4. We obtained data from 6 different European countries and were able to draw interesting conclusions about the ways in which people express gratitude, irritation etc. We discovered that politeness is equally important in all the countries and definitely is a vital part of our lives. In all the countries it is seen as rude to neglect polite words in most typical situations, in some countries ( Poland, Romania) people have the feeling that polite words should be used more often, there are countries ( e.g. Spain) where politeness can also be expressed by a nice gesture, facial expression more often than somewhere else. ( questionnaire resulta available on twinspace of the project)