Natural Disaster in Wawa


The Independent Republic of Wawa has been struck by a Tsunami and an earthquake. It is a natural disaster of unprecedented magnitud. Millions are at risk of dying. Your country needs help.

You are the President of the Independent Republic of Wawa.

You are now standing in front of the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York, addressing the Heads of State of all the countries in the world. You need their help.


You are going to make a speech. ..  we will film it…. the only words you can speak are “Wawa“.

Make sure you can convey the correct message with the appropriate body language and, voice pitch, rhythm, variations og tone and facial expressions. That is all you can use.

Mr. Secretary General

Honorable chair, fellow delegates,

The Independent Republic of Wawa has been struck by a natural disaster of unprecedented magnitude.

The earthquake, followed by a tsunami has killed ana aproximate number of 200 thousand people. 1 million are injured and 5 million homeless.

As the death toll continues to climb, millions of people have been displaced. Many more survivors need relief supplies including food, medicine, and safe water.

As I am speaking, hundreds of thousands of mothers, children and  citizens of the Independent Republica of Wawa are dying.

We need the help of the international community. And as fast as possible..

Thank you


To make matters more challenging to a larger audience, some of the speakers  will perform a completly different speech to the audience in the same Wawa language.  The listeners will have to understand which speech is which.


Listening Skills

1) Analyze the “patient and doctor metaphor” on misunderstanding and broken communication.

2) Understand the different levels of listening:

– Not listening
– Selective listening
– Active listening
– Empathic listening

3) Carry out the test to asses your ability with listening skills (download it HERE ).

4) Ask somebody who knows you well and has a daily relation with you (your father or mother, for example) to fill out the same assessment of YOUR listening skills.


– What are the differences between the two results of the same test?
– Are you as good a listener as you thought you were?
– Why do people who know you have a different idea about you than what you think?
– What is the diffefence between selective and active listening?
– What is the difference between active and empathic listening?
– Why is listening so powerful when you need to persuade somebody?
– Is persuasion a two way ir a single way process?

Debate: Animal Testing


Today we are going to debate.

You will be divided in two teams.

One team will argue in favour of Animal Testing,  then other will argue against it.

Each team will have two speakers.


Each speaker will be able to talk 3 minutes to support his/her resolution.


You will use Ethos, Logos and Pathos in your speeches:







You will find material to prepare the debate by clicking on this link: “Should Animals Be Used for Scientific or Commercial Testing?” .


Watch the videos of the debate speeches and evaluate for each speaker the if the level of Ethos, Logos and Pathos they expressed was above or below average.

– Who expressed the highest level of Pathos?
– Who expressed the highest level of Ethos?
– Who expressed thr highest level of Logos?
– Which team won the debate?
– What does “winning a debate” mean?
– Can you convince people of your ideas? How?

Body Language


Put a P (Positive) next to the behaviours that you can use to make soembody listen to you. Put an N (Negative) next to the behaviours that, will prevent the other person from listening to you.

Enact in front of an audience those behaviors and let them tell you if they find it “positive” or “negative.”

Compare and discuss your results with the ones recorded by others.

1.- _____ Raise an eyebrow.

2.- _____ Smile.

3.- _____ Nod with your head.

4.- _____ Move your body forward when you are seated.

5.- _____ Be quite.

6.- _____ Tap your fingers on the table.

7.- _____ Look away from the person who is listening to you.

8.- _____ Look spaced out.

9.- _____ Open and relax your posture.

10 -_____ Touch.

11.-_____ Close and tense your posture.

12.-_____ Be autistic.

13.-_____ Be calm and stand still.

14.-_____ Look nervous.

15.-_____ Let your head hang loose.

16.-_____ Make eye contact.

17.-_____ Sigh.

18.-_____ Give an angry look.

19.-_____ Move your head to the side as if it were to touch your shoulder.

20.-_____ Show that you are happy.

21.-_____ Give a seducing look.

22.-_____ Move your head from side to side.

23.-_____ Duck into your chair.

24.-_____ Cross your arms.

25.-_____ Tilt your head downwards.

26.-_____ Half close your eyelids.

27.-_____ Arch your neck forward.

28.-_____ Look to the side of the one who is listening.

29.-_____ Give a look of disapproval.


– What makes body language “positive” or “negative”?

– Does  “positive” depend on what you want to achieve?

– What are the few behaviors that are unarguably “positive” according to EVERYBODY?

– What are the few behaviors that are unarguably “negative” according to EVERYBODY?

– Does overdoing a “positive” behaviour make it negative?

– What behavior should you adopt when you give a presentation to an audience?

Communication with Feedback

This games is designed to make you understand how communication can be more effective with proper feedback – when questions and answers establish a sound two-way communication channel.

The game is divided in in two parts. You should time how long it takes to complete both tasks and count how many questions you asked in the second part of the game. You need a minimum of two people to complete the game.

Part 1


Give your back to the group and study the drawing. You have to give instructions to the rest of the group on how to reproduce the exact drawing. Start from the square at the top and work your way down.  No questions are allowed.

Part 2


Repeat the game with a different drawing. You will still give your back to the group, but this time the group will be able to ask as many questions as they wish.


Answer these questions in the comments below.

– Why was it faster to complete the second part of the game?

– Why were the drawings more accurate?

– How many questions did they ask you?

– Did the number of question the group ask exceed your expectations?

What are the elements that allow an effective two way communication feedback?

The Pharmacy


Read the story ONCE (and only once) and then write if the sentences below are True or False.

He had just turned off the lights of the pharmacy when a man arrived asking for money. The owner opened the cash register. The content of the cash register were withdrawn and then he ran away. Immediately, the police was informed.


 1.-  A man arrived when the owner turned on the light of his pharmacy. 
True or False?

 2.- The thief was a man.
True or False?

 3.- The man did not ask for any money. 
True or False?

 4.-  The owner opened the cash register.
True or False?

 5.- The owner of the pharmacy collected the contents of the cash register and ran away.
True or False?

 6.- Somebody opened the cash register.
True or False?

 7.- When the man who asked for money collected the contents of the cash register, he ran away.
True or False?

 8.- Even if there was some money in the cash register, the story does not specify how much there was.
True or False?

 9.- The thief asked the owner to give him some money. 
True or False?

10.- This story is about events that involve 3 people: a man, a thief and a policeman.
True or False?


Please read the story again and asses if anynif your replays were not accurate. Answer one of the following questions about this exercise in the commentaries below.

– Does the text of the story provide enough information to answer the True/False questions?

– What information did you “make up” to complete your understanding of the story based on context, previous experiences and assumptions?

– Is human communication based on assumptions? Why?

– How do you know if you have sufficient information to understand what people tell you?

– Can you communicate with others without sufficient information?