Body Language

General English, Speaking Lessons
Body Language
C1 Advanced
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
American English (ESL) lesson plan for an online class titled “Body Language”

Lesson Description

Have you ever communicated with your eyes? In this lesson, students will learn about body language and nonverbal communication. This lesson features a video of a former FBI agent and body language expert who talks about how his expertise helped him catch a spy. Students will learn and practice speculative adverbs and vocabulary relating to this topic. This lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • To learn about body language and nonverbal communication

  • To learn and review speculative adverbs

  • To develop speaking and listening skills

  • To learn and use new vocabulary relating to the topic


If someone touches their nose or clears their throat, are they lying? Watch this video about a former FBI agent and body language expert, Joe Navarro, who talks about body language and explains how his expertise helped him to catch a spy.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

nonverbals [noun]: gestures or facial expressions that nonverbally show how you feel about something
peephole [noun]: a small hole or opening in a wall or door through which you can see to the other side
sheer [adjective]: not mixed with anything else; pure
deception [noun]: the act of hiding the truth, especially if you want to get an advantage
tradecraft [noun]: the skills and methods used by someone doing a skilled job; the skills and techniques used by people whose jobs involve secret activities such as intelligence work and spying
neutralize [verb]: to stop something from having an effect or from working properly
sophisticated [adjective]: complex; not simple; made with great skill
soothe [verb]: to make someone less upset or angry; to cause someone or something to hurt less
stand out [phrasal verb]: to be more noticeable or easily seen
indicative [adjective]: being a sign or showing that something exists and is true
misconception [noun]: a wrong idea, mainly because it is based on a failure to understand a situation
empirically [adverb]: in a way that is based on what you experience or see rather than on theory
propel [verb]: to make something move forward or onward
lousy [adjective]: very bad
espionage [noun]: the practice of spying or using spies to obtain information about the plans and activities, especially of a foreign government or a competing company
hostile [adjective]: not friendly
stock [noun]: the stem of a plant or flower
mole [noun]: a person working within an organization, such as a government department, who secretly reports information about its enemy
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