French Level 1, Activity 02: Salutations et présentations / Greetings and Introductions (Face-to-Face)

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Greetings and Introductions / Salutations et présentations


Students will practice introducing themselves, greeting someone, and answering how they are doing. They will also learn greetings for different times of the day.

Semantic Topics

introductions, greetings, time of day, places, les salutations, présentations, l'heure, structure of questions, correct subject and verb placement in a sentence, la structure d'une question, l'arrangement des verbes et des noms dans une phrase


La bise, handshake, a verbal greeting


Giving a kiss as a greeting, the use of forms of discourse (formal vs. informal)


Name a situation in which it would be important to remember to use formal language with someone.

NCSSFL-ACTFL World-Readiness Standards

  • Standard 1.1: Students engage in conversations or correspondence in French to provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
  • Standard 1.2: Students understand and interpret spoken and written French on a variety of topics.
  • Standard 2.1: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures of the francophone world.
  • Standard 4.2: Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of francophone cultures and their own

Idaho State Content Standards

  • 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.
  • CLTR 1.1: Analyze the cultural practices/patterns of behavior accepted as the societal norm in the target culture.
  • 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

Person cards: 12 famous/everyday people from the Francophone speaking world.  Printed & Laminated

Time of Day Cards: Printed & Laminated

Warm up cards: Printed & Laminated

Google Slides Presentation

Worksheet [OPTIONAL USE] Use this interactive worksheet as a supplemental tool for the corresponding Pressbook Conversation Activity. It can be used as a way to keep students engaged, provide a place for them to take notes, and track their learning.

Would you like to make changes to the materials? Access the template(s) below:

- Person Cards (Canva template, free account required)

- Time of Day Cards(Canva template, free account required)

- Warm up Cards (Canva template, free account required)

Worksheet (Canva Template, free account required)


1. Begin by introducing the Can-Dos and displaying the Rencontrer et Saluer presentation on the projector screen. 

Commencez par présenter les « Can-Do's » et montrez le « Rencontrer et Saluer » Google présentation sur l'écran de projection.

2. First ask the students: « Bonjour! Comment-allez vous? Je suis/vais___. Aujourd'hui, nous allons pratiquer les introductions. » (Hello! How are you? I am__. Today, we are going to practice introductions.)

3. Distribute the red and blue warm up cards amongst the students. Model putting the cards in order. Have the students work together to put the cards in order. Then ask two students to “play out” the situation.

Distribuez les cartes rouges et bleues aux étudiants. Montrez aux étudiants comment mettre les cartes en ordre. Demandez-leur de travailler ensemble pour obtenir des scénarios avec les cartes. Par exemple: « Voici une conversation entre deux personnes. Essayez de les mettre en ordre. »

4. Brainstorm with the students by asking them how to say hi, bye, etc and write them on the whiteboard. They can use these as a cheat sheet during the main activity: 

Réfléchissez avec les étudiants en leur demandant comment dire bonjour, au revoir, etc. puis écrivez ces mots au tableau. Ils peuvent les utiliser comme un « cheat sheet » pendant l'activité principale:

Greeting: Bonjour, Bonsoir, Salut, Coucou, (Faire la bise)

Goodbye: Au revoir, Ciao, Salut, À plus tard, À bientôt, À la prochaine, Bonne journée, Bonne soirée

How is it going: (Comment) ça va? Quoi de neuf? Comment allez-vous/vas-tu? Tu vas/vous allez bien?

Nice to Meet You: Enchanté, Plaisir de faire votre connaissance, Ravi de vous rencontrer 

You can also explain “la bise” in France. Show them the map with the different regions and how many kisses they give depending on where they are in the country. (Resource down below)

Main Activity

1. Have students pick a card with a time of day (this will determine if we use "Bonjour/Bonsoir"). 

Choisissez une carte avec une période de la journée (cela permettra de déterminer si l’on utilise “Bonjour/Bonsoir”).

2. Have each student pick a card with a person. This is the person the students will introduce themselves as and pretend to be.

Chaque étudiant doit choisir une carte. Il s’agira de la personne que l’étudiant devra présenter et prétendre être.

3. Do steps 1 and 2 yourself to show the students what they will be doing. 

Faites les étapes 1 et 2 afin de démontrer aux étudiants ce qu’ils devront faire. 

4. Have students converse (greetings, introductions, basic questions) as if they were in the scenario, walking 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.

Demandez aux étudiants de converser entre eux tout en jouant leur rôle. Les étudiants doivent s’assurer de parler de manière formelle ou informelle, selon la personne à qui il/elle s’adresse. 

5. Once everyone has had an opportunity to practice, trade the cards.

Lorsque tous les étudiants auront eu l’opportunité de converser, échanger les cartes.


Ask the following question(s) to finish the activity: 

1. Quel est votre mot ou votre phrase préféré pour dire "bonjour"? (What is your preferred way to say hello?)

2. Quel est votre mot ou votre phrase préféré pour dire "au revoir"? (What is your preferred way to say goodbye?)

Cultural Resources

Resources explaining la bise (Warm-up):

End of Activity

  • Can-Do statement check-in... “Where are we?”
  • Read can-do statements and have students evaluate their confidence.
  • Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation
  • Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future activities!

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.

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