Saturday, October 16, 2010

Save the Last Dance & She's the Man: Body Language

There is always space for discussions on body language. These two scenes are perfect to warm the topic up. Besides, they are fun scenes.

A. Read the definition for body language Body language copied from Wikipedia:

It is a form of non-verbal communication, which consists of body posture, gestures, facial expressions and movements. Humans send and interpret such signals subconsciously.

B. Look at the body language below try to perform them, and make guesses of what message it conveys. This information was provided by the informative site S.P.A.R.C.

1. Erect walk: _______

2. Standing with hands on hips: _________

3. Sitting with legs crossed, foot kicking slightly: _______

4. Sitting legs apart: ______

5. Arms crossed on chest: ______

6. Hand to cheek: _______

7. Rubbing hands: _______

8. Biting nails: ________

9. Drumming fingers: _______

10. Slightly rubbing nose: _______

Answers will vary from culture to culture, but these are the expected answers.

1. Confidence

2. Aggression or readiness

3. Boredom

4. Relaxation

5. Defensiveness, distance

6. Thinking, evaluating

7. Anticipation

8. Insecurity

9. Impatience

10. Lying

C. Watch the segment from the movie Save the Last Dance and answer the following questions about body language.

1. What does he say about hip-hop?

2. What does she have to do in order to be a good hip-hop dancer?

3. What's the body language she has to make use of in order to convey to the hip hop attitude? List
everything suggested.

4. Decide the purpose of the suggestions given in exercise 3.

D. Now watch the segment from the movie She's the Man. The girl has to join a male soccer team without their noticing she is a girl. Watch the movie segment and discuss the following questions.

1. What did she do to physically look like a boy? Will it be effective?

2. What did she do to learn to act like a man?

3. What body language did she make use of in order to fool the soccer team's boys? Do you think she will be successful?




  1. Hi Claudio,
    will we ever thank you enough to share your fantastic work with us? I discovered your blogs a couple of weeks ago and I'd like to watch the two videos on body language .
    But, it's not working... can you help me?
    Cheers and thanks a million again! ;)

  2. Some of the videos have been with problems. It's a blogger's problem. I'll upload them again. Check it out tomorrow, please. Thanks for the feedback.

  3. Thanks a million!
    I loved the idea of downloading the segments directly from the blog!

  4. Hey Claudio, I am a teacher and I was wondering if you have more tasks or a full lesson plan for the movie "Save the Last Dance". I would love to use the whole movie in class.

  5. Sorry, I don't. I don't prepare activities for the whole movie because we are only allowed to use 1/3 of a film without having to pay royalties and if it is for educational purposes. Sorry.