Nonverbal Observation Activity
Prof. Michelle Coleman
COM 111 – Interpersonal Communication
In this nonverbal communication observation activity, you will become a “people watcher.” You will watch two different people in two different situations. It is helpful for this activity if (1) you do not know the people you are observing, (2) if they do not know you are observing them, and finally, (3) you are not interacting with the people you are observing. Disclaimer: Some of you may be uncomfortable observing people without them being aware of it, with that in mind, consider this: First, this is a very basic assignment, conducted in Interpersonal Communication classes across the country. Second, it is important sometimes just to step back and observe others. Finally, to watch how others communicate, engage, share, interact, etc. is important; it can give us pause about our own nonverbal communication behaviors, where our own strengths and weaknesses lie, and what we need to do to improve. Nonverbal Communication makes up 75 – 95% of our total communication and we need to learn what it entails.
You will write a minimum of 2 pages (see the syllabus for font type, font size, and spacing requirements) discussing what you learned about nonverbal communication from each person and the assignment overall. You must use terms and concepts from your textbook and one outside source in your analysis. Encyclopedias, Wikipedia’s, and Dictionaries are not acceptable sources. You are expected to have MLA citations throughout your paper as you discuss specific terms and concepts. This means the author’s last name and page number in parenthesis each time you discuss information from that source in your paper.
Organizing the Paper:
An introduction, which includes a thesis statement, summarizing what will be discussed in the paper in an opening...
Citations: from your sources within your paper, used correctly in MLA format
Specific examples that show your instructor that you understand the concepts
Correct grammar and spelling, proper font sizing and spacing, and have reached the minimum page requirements
A bibliography completed correctly, using MLA format
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