Non-verbal communication is very important for learners with limited language proficiency it is one of the main ways the learner communicates. You should learn to recognise what a learner is communicating through their body language and support them to remain engaged and contribute to their learning.
A person with limited literacy/numeracy proficiency will be able to read your body language. Sudden movements or a tense facial expression may cause upset or distress and can make communication more difficult.
Make sure that your body language and facial expression match what you are saying.
Never stand too close to someone or stand over them to communicate – it can feel intimidating. Instead, respect the person’s learner’s space and drop to or below their eye level. This will help the learner to feel more in control of the situation.