Spanish Level 1, Activity 02: Es un Placer Conocerte / It’s a Pleasure to Meet You (Face-to-Face)

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"Es Un Placer Conocerte"


Students will have a "Meet and Greet Party" where they will pretend to be someone else, such as "Shakira." They will practice introducing themselves, greeting others, and talking about how they feel. They will also learn greetings that are appropriate for different times of the day as well as quickly review the differences between tú and usted.

Semantic Topics:

Greetings, introductions, hello, goodbye, times of day, saludos, presentaciones, tiempo del día

Grammatical Structures:

Pronouns, formal vs. informal, gender of nouns, pronombres, formal vs. informal, género de sustantivos


Latinx and Hispanic celebrities


Making introductions, practicing greetings, and talking about feelings


Importance of making connections with others. For example, in Mexico it is very important to make a physical connection when greeting someone.

AATSP Standards for Learning Spanish:

  • Standard 1.1 - Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
  • Standard 1.2 Students understand and interpret spoken and written Spanish on a variety of topics.
  • Standard 1.3 Students present information, concepts, and ideas in Spanish to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.
  • Standard 2.1 Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of Hispanic cultures.

Idaho Content Standards for World Languages:

  • COMM 1.1 - Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions.
  • COMM 2.1 - Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
  • COMP 1.1 - Observe formal and informal forms of language.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can say hello and goodbye to someone my age or younger, my professor, an adult, or someone I don't know.
  • I can introduce myself and others.
  • I can respond to an introduction.
  • I can greet and take leave from someone using polite, rehearsed behaviors. 

Materials Needed:

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  1. Introduce the activity and the Can-do's for today's activity. 
    “Buenas (tardes/noches) ¿Cómo están? Yo soy _____. Hoy vamos a practicar las introducciones.
  2. Open up the Google Slideshow.
    1. Develop and write out the chart with the students, prompting them with the slides.
    2. Keep the completed chart up on the board for students to use as a reference for the next activity.

Examples for “Greetings”:

"Hola, ¿Cómo estás?, Buenos días, Buenas tardes, Buenas noches."

Examples for “Goodbyes”:

"Adiós, Nos vemos, Hasta luego, Hasta pronto, Cuídate."

Examples for “How's it Going?”:

"¿Qué pasa?, ¿Qué tal?, ¿Qué hay de nuevo?, ¿Cómo estás?, ¿Cómo te va?"

Examples for “Nice to Meet You”:

"Encantado/a, Es/fue un gusto conocerte (present/past), Mucho gusto, Es un placer conocerte (Encantada de conocerte)."

Main Activity

  1. To begin, pick a time of day (This will determine if we use “Buenas tardes/noches”).
    Voy a escoger un tiempo del día y esto va a determinar si usamos 'Buenos días o Buenas tardes/noches.'
  2. Have each student pick a Famous Person Card. This is the person the students will introduce themselves as and pretend to be.
    Ustedes tienen que escoger a una persona famosa. Van a fingir ser esta persona.
  3. Mix up Emoji Cards face down and have each student grab one. That will be their emotion for the scenario they play out.
    Ustedes van a tomar una tarjeta que tiene un emoji/emoticono. El emoticono va a representar la emoción de como te sientes.
  4. Demonstrate steps 2-3 to show the students what they will be doing.
    Ejemplo: Buenos días, me llamo Shakira. Estoy feliz.
  5. Have students converse (greetings, introductions, basic questions) as if they were in the scenario, while you walk around the room. The students should make sure to be aware of whether the person they are talking to requires an informal or formal response. They should also respond using the emotion they drew.
    En grupos de dos, van a hacer introducciones. Tienen que dar un saludo, preguntar ¿Cómo estás/está? (estás es informal y está es formal), dar una respuesta, y despedirse.
  6. Before letting the students loose, complete a model for the group with a student.
    Vamos a practicar. (Model)
  7. Put on some Spanish music. (Using YouTube!)
  8. After students have had an opportunity to converse, have students trade Famous Person Cards and Emoji Cards amongst themselves.
    Ahora, van a intercambiar las tarjetas con sus companeros de clase.


As a group display the slide with the wrap-up questions. Ask students the following questions:

  1. ¿Cuál es tu frase favorita para decir saludar?

  2. ¿Cuál eses tu frase favorita para decir adiós/despedirte?

End of Activity:

• Read Can-Do statements once more and have students evaluate their confidence. 
(Use thumbs up/thumbs down or have them rate 1-5 on how they feel after the activity.)

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can say hello and goodbye to someone my age or younger, my professor, an adult, or someone I don't know.
  • I can introduce myself and others.
  • I can respond to an introduction.
  • I can greet and take leave from someone using polite rehearsed behaviors. (Intercultural)
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