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ABHIVYAKTI – The enhancer of non-verbal communication in teachers

ABHIVYAKTI – The enhancer of non-verbal communication in teachers

Technology and hybrid learning are here to stay.  Although, mere technology and indulgence in technology will make the next generation devoid of human sensitivity and alter human interaction. Hence, REVA University is ensuring that we sustain human interaction through sensitivity programs to develop the power of effective communication.

On the 60th year of celebrating the power of a teacher in our nation, this Teachers’ Day, REVA University is officially launching ‘Abhivyakti.’ Abhivyakti is a specially curated week-long certificate program for K-12 teachers on enhancing non-verbal communication in the teaching-learning process. Owing to the pandemic, much connection has been lost due to distant learning practices which REVA strives to revive through the course. There are major positive psychological impacts that help teachers and students alike when there is face to face interactions that help in the retention of learning. 

For teachers, COVID-19 was a very challenging time. From classrooms to small screens, a lot changed over a couple of years. The give-and-take elements of teaching have taken a back seat, causing demotivation in teachers. With the return of offline classes, the non-verbal communication course is of great relevance after a two-year break.  Keeping this in mind, the School of Performing Arts and Indic Studies has come forward to offer this free workshop that will help teachers bring back traditional modes of teaching. 

Abhivyakti will inculcate the Natya techniques of the ancient Indian Knowledge System that is rich in providing various skills to overcome the challenges of becoming a good communicator. Let’s now dive into the various forms that will be dealt with during the certification program.

  • Bhava - During any communication process, it is important to make note of non-verbal cues. For example, a lot can be learned about a person through their posture. Facial expressions and eye contact are of utmost importance during the exchange of knowledge. 
  • Katha and Varnana - These are the storytelling and narrative elements that are considered human art forms. Humans can easily relate to tales as stories captivate listeners, arouse empathy, and build trust. Developing your own narrative is an essential step for any teacher.
  • Dhvani - Dhvani is voice culture. For effective communication to take place, a teacher must modulate their voice for an overall positive classroom environment. When delivering lectures, one must be mindful of their pitch, tone of voice, and the speed at which knowledge is being imparted. 
  • Angikam - Body language and hand gestures are more important than we think. We regularly use nods, smiles, frowns, raised hands, and hand gestures during the teaching-learning process. This engages the students and keeps them motivated. Students can even feel secure and comfortable immersing in lessons more regularly as a result of Angikam. 

With a detailed explanation of each of these ancient elements, teachers will be able to make the classroom environment engaging, effective and efficient. Abhivyakti aims to make the teaching-learning process smooth for both teachers and students. The NEP 2020 states that quality of teacher education is a must to motivate and empower teachers to reach the desired standard. Hence, REVA University is conducting a unique course in enhancing non-verbal communication for teachers on priority to all CBSE/ICSE/ State Board, Government, and Private schools as part of the Outreach Programme and Teacher Empowerment Strategy.;

Contact: Anjali 9886673452

Venue: School of Performing Arts & Indic Studies, REVA University

Dates 26th- 30th September 2022