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Conversation Questions

Eye Contact

  • Do you make eye contact while you are speaking English?
  • Why is making eye contact important?
  • Is making eye contact important in your culture?
  • What can you learn about a person by making eye contact?
  • Can you think of some situations where eye contact should not be made?
  • What is the difference between staring and making eye contact?
  • Why is making eye contact important in a job interview?
  • The eyes have been called “the window to the soul”. What do you think that means?
  • In USA culture we have many ‘rules’ about eye contact. These are unspoken and most North Americans are not aware that we have rules.
    • What is appropriate in your culture?
    • What is appropriate in this culture?
  • When you are telling some one something that you feel is important, what should your eye contact be.
  • Is it OK if they look at something else while you are talking?
  • Are there different rules for eye contact when you are addressing a person of higher status? Like the President or an elder?
  • If you do not make eye contact what does that mean?
  • If you make too much eye contact what does that mean?
  • If you were in love what kind of eye contact would you make?
  • If you were ashamed, what kind of eye contact would you make?
  • If you were lying, or not telling the whole truth, what would your eye contact be like?
  • If you were giving a speech or talking with a crowd what would your eye contact be like?
  • If you are talking with a child and you think they are lying, do you think you could tell by looking at their eyes?
  • How about an adult that you think is not telling the truth, could you tell by their eyes?
  • What are the rules for males and females talking to each other?
  • If a woman looks directly at a man is she being too forward or sexually aggressive?