Unit 1 Greetings
Make a small wave and say “Hello” They should respond with, “Hello.”
(If necessary, have them do that. This is responsive practice.)
Next say “Hello.” wait for their “Hello”, then turn to one and say
“What is your name? My name is ____.” Explain what you are doing, and do it again so the student can respond properly. Repeat this with some students.
End this section with “Good bye.” They should respond with,”Good bye.”
A Westerner will more likely just say “bye.” And many Chinese say “Bye, bye.”
You can do this example (above) again, using “Hi” or “Good day!” or “G'day!” or “Hi ya!” instead of “hello.” A Westerner might only nod and wave and smile instead of saying “Hi.”
To the class:
"Hello, my name is [_____]." (OR “Hi, I'm _______” )
"What is your name?"
To students individually:
(You can use “Hi” instead of Hello below.” It's more friendly and informal.)
2) "Hello, my name is [_____]."
"What is your name?" (OR contract to “What's your name?” )
3) "Hello, my name is [_____]." "What is your name?"
_____(Mabel) "Nice to meet you" (With a firm handshake)
4) "Hello, my name is [_____]." "What is your name?"
______(Ted) "Nice to meet you" (With a firm handshake)
Now have the students repeat this, 1) to 4), in pairs.
Tell the class that Westerners normally use more direct eye contact than Chinese. 0 – Foundation Lesson 1 - Greetings Page 1 Of 10
Adding eye contact makes you more trustworthy in Western eyes and ways. If you move your eyes from side to side very much while talking with him or her, a Westerner will not trust you.
More, a Westerner will expect a firm handshake. Especially with Americans and some Canadians, a limp handshake indicates that you are some kind of lesser person.
Here's one teacher's advice: (So try this for a few minutes for some fun)
I like to start with "Stand up" - "Sit down" - "Stand up" - "Sit down" - "Stand up" - "Sit down" very quickly to get them interested and paying attention, and they love it. Other good commands are "Turn around", "Clap", "Jump", "Shake". A very useful command is "Repeat". Students repeat "Repeat", then whatever you say after. (This way it's clear when you want them to repeat something and when you want them to do something, because they always repeat "Repeat" first, and you can say "Stop" after.) Try combining commands to make it more difficult ("Turn around and shake" is a lot of fun), or making new combinations to get them to think (from "Show me your hands", try moving on to "Show me something red"). With enough gestures and minimal translation, they can pick up almost anything.
For the first class, limit the warm-up game to several easy commands, with gestures. Also use the "Repeat" command to get them to practice "Hello" and other easy vocab. I like to have them repeat nonsense combinations of "hello", "hi", and
"goodbye" to relax them, to practice pronunciation, and to get them used to hearing themselves speak English.
Tell one half of the class they are A, and the other half that they are B. Switch A and
B and do it again.
(You can use the names inside the (), or change to other names)
B: Hi, how are you?
A: Fine thank you, and you?
B: I’m fine.
A: I’m ______. What is your name?
B: Nice to meet you. My name is ______.
A: Nice to meet you too.
B: Where are you from?
A: I’m from _____ (Canada, change countries as you like). Where are you from?
B: I’m from _____(France, change countries as you like.).
B: See you later!
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A: "Hello, my name is ____(Pete)." "What is your name?"
B: ____(Ted) with a smile,then "nice to meet you" (while shaking hands) B: I’m from ______(Canada). Where are you from?
Now go through these. Show the students then have them practice them.Formal Greetings: Arriving
Good morning / afternoon / evening.
Hello (name), how are you?
Good day Sir / Madam (very formal)
Informal Greetings: Arriving
Hi / Hello
How are you?
What's up? (very informal)
How are you doing? (very informal)
It's important to note that the question "How are you?" or "What's up?" doesn't necessarily need a response. If you do respond, these phrases are generally expected:
Very well, thank you.
Fine, thank you
Couldn't be better, thank you
Fine / Great (informal)
(then optionally add:)
And you? (formal) (OR “And how are you?” )
Same old, same old. (Means same old thing, same old day (nothing is new)Formal Greetings: Departing
Good morning / afternoon / evening.
It was a pleasure seeing you.
Goodbye. (or the pleasure was mine)
Note: After 8 p.m. - Good night.
Informal Greetings: Departing
Goodbye / Bye.
See you (later). “See ya” (later)
Later (very informal
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(Meeting and greeting at a party)
Peter: My name is Peter. What's your name?
Jane: My name is Jane. Nice to meet you.
Peter: It's a pleasure. This is a great party!
Jane: Yes, it is. Where are you from?
Peter: I'm from Australia.
Jane: Australia? Really, are you Australian?
Peter: NO, I'm not. I'm Dutch.
Jane: Oh, you're Dutch. Sorry about that.
Peter: That's OK. Where are you from?
Jane: I'm from London, but I'm not British.
Peter: No, what are you?
Jane: Well, my parents are Spanish, so I'm Spanish, too.
Peter: That's very interesting. Spain is a beautiful country.
Jane: Thank you.
(This is play learning. Tell the students they do not have to remember all these names for the body parts yet.)
Nose, nose, nose
This game involves learning the names of body parts. For example, mouth, nose, eyes, ears, head, hands. Start the game by tapping your nose as you say, “Nose, nose, nose…”. The students should follow and tap their nose likewise as they say, “nose, nose, nose” along with you. Then say a body part, for example, “mouth” but point at a different part, like your head. The students should recognize the word “mouth” and should point to their mouth even if you are not. Students who can’t are eliminated and must sit down. Repeat.
Now go through the Alphabet Cards. You can ignore the words on the cards for now, Just pronounce the letters and numbers. Americans say “zee” for z. British say “zed for z. Zero (0) is sometimes called zilch or nought. They might play with being noughty (see naughty <grin>).
Show them each card, say the letter and have them repeat after you. Then pass the cards around. If you have time have the students work in pairs, showing cards to each other (and you indirectly) and saying the letters.
At the end of the class, explain that we might say “see you later, alligator” or “see you in awhile, crocodile.” when leaving someone. Have them look up 'alligator' and 'crocodile' as homework. You can say one of these or “bye”, or “Good bye” at the end.
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