Easy Italian Gestures

Hey everyone,

So I am trying out a new concept today and would love to hear your thoughts! All being well this will be a weekly segment. If it doesn’t go down a storm with you guys then the back burner it is, as this content is for you guys! Hint: anything you’d like to see on here then please let me know!

This is will hopefully be a series of posts entitled “Articles from Academics.” They will include a series of unpublished undergraduate essays which delve into TEFL from another viewpoint (that of an academic) and other cross linguistic concepts that cross over to TEFL teaching.

Teaching English as a foreign language is not just a lifestyle which has been popularized by modern culture and an adventure seeker who wants a stable budget – oh no. It has been a hot topic of debate for many years by some of the fields leading academics.

The article that follows is a study that was conducted at the University of Birmingham. The study was conducted as part of a “language and the mind,” module and plays close attention to language and gesture. But, more importantly that of Italian gestures.

Ever taught to Italian students, lived in Italy or been on holiday there? Gestures are emblematic of Italian life. While, the majority of language classes are taught in a monolingual format, for those teachers who aren’t fluent in Italian this is an in depth discussion on the meaning of these gestures and how those people from outside of the culture view them.

So, feel free to give the questionnaire a go and comment your answers down below! Answers are discussed in the study for anyone interested in finding a bit more about the 10 gestures analysed.

Sit back, relax, watch the video and guess until your hearts content!

Questionnaire

Q1) What do you think this gesture means?

Scared Together Let’s Eat
  1. b) What was the reasoning behind your answer?

Q2) What do you think this gesture means?

Drink Let’s go Phone call
  1. B) What was the reasoning behind your answer?

Q3) What do you think this gesture means?

Go Away Clean Come
  1. B) What was the reasoning behind your answer?

Q4) What do you think this gesture means?

Go Away Clean Come
  1. B) What was the reasoning behind your answer?

Q5) What do you think this gesture means?

It’s boring Go away That’s nonsense
  1. B) What was the reasoning behind your answer?

Q6) What do you think this gesture means?

I need to pray Do you need help? Help me
  1. B) What was the reasoning behind your answer?

Q7) What do you think this gesture means?

What do you want? Do you need help? Please help me
  1. B) What was the reasoning behind your answer?

Q8) What do you think this gesture means?

Perfect Ok I’m pregnant
  1. B) What was the reasoning behind your answer?

Q9) What do you think this gesture means?

Nothing That’s crazy Turn around
  1. B) What was the reasoning behind your answer?

Q10) What do you think this gesture means?

Steal Hide It’s strange
  1. B) What was the reasoning behind your answer?

To read more about Italian gestures and find out what exactly they mean then read the full article:

https://social.shorthand.com/hope_brotherton/embed/n2nJMtyOYb6

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s