From 19 November to 24 November 2018, a meeting of seven European countries took place at our school as part of the international ERASMUS + project entitled "How to succeed in a multicultural Europe". The topic of Slovakia was ´How to express yourself appropriately in everyday life´.
Our topic was focused on verbal and non-verbal communication. All the countries participated mainly by presenting the non-verbal communication in the initial videos that were analysed by the participants as a group.
The meeting started with warm up activity that consisted of a number of questions asked in the mother tongue and then consequently in English to find out the differences in the non-verbal communication of various nations. It continued with a game also focusing on the verbal and non-verbal communication including gestures and mimics. Students´ tasks were to find people according to set features that were already prepared by asking questions. The main objective of this activity was to develop their communication skills.
We continued with listening comprehension activity. There were mixed international groups. Their task was to retell the heard story so the last one could repeat the story more accurately. The aim of the activity was to say particular words from the story. After the activity students completed a questionnaire about how efficient their communication is. Consequently, we discussed students’ answers. After the discussion a video about nonverbal communication was played to attract students’ attention before the lecture.
The following day the students participated in so called Urban games in Banska Stiavnica, where in international groups they were given multiple tasks to fulfil. It was an original way to discover the town. Cooperation and common sense of the participants was challenged by solving interactive quests.
The above mentioned lecture was given by the director of Institute of Education and Personal Development in Bratislava. In the lecture there was elaborated and discussed the topic of the types of nonverbal communication.
The last day the students and the teachers were given instructions as a warm up activity, which was followed by developing short sketches. Each group got the same five sentences which they had to link by nonverbal communication movements. The setting was free and talking wasn´t allowed.
Here you can download the timetable as a PDF