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1. The oral and nonverbal communication styles associated with race, gender, and class

2. The effects of nonverbal communication patterns such as paralanguage/metacommunication, chronemics, proxemics, oculesics/haptics, and personal/social zones

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First, as you consider both the oral and nonverbal communication styles associated with race, you must consider how each culture uniquely embodies its own communication tendencies in terms of nonverbals and verbals. For example, Asian cultures, particularly the Japanese, bow to show respect as a primary example of a nonverbal trait. American cultures prefer direct eye contact; however, many Native American tribes and cultures do not feel comfortable in terms of making eye contact.

As you then look at racial and ethnic differences in terms of verbal communications, please note that strong emotional displays verbally and louder volumes are highly accepted in Hispanic and American cultures. On the other hand, other cultures, such as Norwegians, are more prone to more reserved verbal speech and less ...

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(Body Language in Patient Counselling): by Mrs. Reena, Education Department, Aravind Eye Hospital, Maduraihttp://laico.org/v2020resource/files/Body%20language.pdf. Retrieved June 15, 2011.

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