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Directions: FIELDWORK ESSAY

KINESICS: the study of body motion or body behavior.

  • Emblems: gestures that have a direct verbal translation and can stand alone such as the “ok” sign.
  • Illustrators: gestures that complement our words such as pointing when giving directions.
  • Regulators: gestures that may prolong or terminate the conversation such as looking at your watch, walking away or nodding and leaning forward.
  • Adaptors: gestures that make you feel more comfortable in a communication situation such as twirling your hair or tapping your fingers.
  • Affect Displays: facial expressions motivated by emotion such as a smile or frown.
  • In this lesson you will venture out and observe the people around you. Tune out what they
    are saying and then sit back and watch. Take notes on what type of gestures (emblems, regulators, illustrators, adaptors and affect displays) are they using? How often do they use each one? Are they aware of these gestures? You will then use your notes to write a typed two page essay describing what you witnessed. Please let us know where you were, the mall, Starbucks, work etc.. and who was involved, two men sitting at a table…You may also use something you saw on TV or an interaction between family members or friends who are quarantining with you.

Describe at least ten Please submit in drop separate gestures. box your essay including:

  • What type? •
  • What are they conveying? How many
    repetitions? •
  • What are the circumstances? •

At least two pages, typed– MINIMUM of 675 words
Double spaced
Paragraphs, not bullets

  • Include nonverbal terminology
  • Specific examples

Reminder: All written work must comply with standard English rules, such as proper capitalization, grammar and spelling. The assignment must be submitted by the deadline listed in the calendar.

Note: Even though you will see a statement giving you the option of copy/paste or file attachment, you are required to attach the assignment in MS Word format.