1 Paramedical Sciences Faculty, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

2 English Department, Paramedical Sciences Faculty, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran


Introduction: Non-verbal communication skills, also called signlanguage or silent language, include all behaviors performed in thepresence of others or perceived either consciously or unconsciously.The main aim of this review article was to determine the effectof the teachers’ non-verbal communication on success in teachingusing the findings of the studies conducted on the relationshipbetween quality of teaching and the teachers’ use of non-verbalcommunication and also its impact on success in teaching.Methods: Considering the research method, i.e. a review article,we searched for all articles in this field using key words suchas success in teaching, verbal communication and non-verbalcommunication. In this study, we did not encode the articles.Results: The results of this revealed that there was a strongrelationship among the quality, amount and the method of usingnon-verbal communication by teachers while teaching. Based onthe findings of the studies reviewed, it was found that the morethe teachers used verbal and non-verbal communication, the moreefficacious their education and the students’ academic progresswere. Under non-verbal communication, some other patterns wereused. For example, emotive, team work, supportive, imaginative,purposive, and balanced communication using speech, body, andpictures all have been effective in students’ learning and academicsuccess. The teachers’ attention to the students’ non-verbalreactions and arranging the syllabus considering the students’mood and readiness have been emphasized in the studies reviewed.Conclusion: It was concluded that if this skill is practicedby teachers, it will have a positive and profound effect on thestudents’ mood. Non-verbal communication is highly reliable inthe communication process, so if the recipient of a message isbetween two contradictory verbal and nonverbal messages, logicdictates that we push him toward the non-verbal message and askhim to pay more attention to non-verbal than verbal messagesbecause non-verbal cues frequently reveal the intention of thesender of the information and reflect his/her emotional reactions.Based on the obtained results of this study, it is recommendedthat attention to non-verbal communication skills can make apositive change in the future of a student’s life. It seems necessaryfor the teachers to practice and learn effective communicationskills, especially for those who always interact with a largegroup of students. One of the factors contributing to the success or failure of students is the quality of the relationship and howthe teacher builds this relationship with students. Especially, itis more effective for students who are more responsive to humanrelations and communication skills. Finally, it is recommendedthat the teachers should improve their communication skills tohave better communication with their audience. The authoritiesare recommended to help improve the teachers’ level ofcommunication skills through holding training courses.Keywords: Communication; Teacher; Teaching