It's a Pleasure to Meet You - English Template

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How to use the WLRC Repository’s Activities:

1. Use the Activity as is:

Before you begin:

  • Most activities are 30 minutes in duration, unless otherwise specified.
  • Be sure to read through the activity description, and review the list of required materials. You will notice that the activity materials are also highlighted in yellow throughout the activity instructions.

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2. Remix for Your Language Classroom:

When you are ready to begin remixing the activity, in order to adapt it for the needs of your language classroom, simply click the blue “Remix This Resource” button at the top of your screen. This will then take you to a screen with a NEW, editable version of this activity. The text provided in purple is a suggestion of what you might say to your students in the target language, and may be altered for different levels and age groups. All activities have “NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do” statements, a warm-up, a main activity, and a wrap-up.

Many of the activities include printable cards and other instructional materials such as Google Slideshows. If you would like to make changes to these materials for your language, follow the instructions below:

  • Google Slideshows:
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    • Once finished with your changes, please complete the following steps to share:
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3. Adapt for Another Language:

  • See the linked English Version at the top of the activity (English Version may not be available for all activities)

It's Nice to Meet You!


Students will have a "Meet and Greet Party" where they will pretend to be someone else, such as "Shakira". They will introduce and greet other people and this will help them to practice introducing themselves, greeting someone, and answering how they feel. 

Proficiency Level

Novice Low


Greetings, introductions, hello, goodbye, times of day.

NCSSFL-ACTFL World Readiness Standards

  • 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 (target language) on a variety of topics.
  • Standard 1.3 Students present information, concepts, and ideas in (target language) 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 (target culture).

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:

Famous Person Cards - Includes one set for up to 12 students.

Emoji Cards - Includes six cards.

Google Slideshow 


  1. Introduce the activity and the Can-do's for today's activity. 
    “Good morning/afternoon? How are you all? I am ____. Today, we are going to talk about invitations.”
  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":

Hi, How are you?, Good morning, Good afternoon, Goodnight.

Examples for "Goodbyes":

Bye, See you next time, Until next time, See you soon, Take care.

Examples for "How's it Going?":

What’s up?, How’s it going?, How are you?

Examples for "Nice to Meet You":

Nice to meet you, It’s a pleasure to meet you (I am happy to have met you).

Main Activity

  1. To begin, pick a time of day (This will determine if we use “Buenas tardes/noches”).
    "I am going to choose a time of day and that will determine if we use 'Good morning or Good afternoon/night.'"

  2. Have each student pick a Famous Person Card. This is the person the students will introduce themselves as and pretend to be.
    "You all need to choose a famous person. You are going to pretend to be this person."
  3. Mix up Emoji Cards face down and have each student grab one. That will be their emotion for the scenario they play out.
    "You all are going to take a card that has an emoji on it. This emotion is how you feel right now."

  4. Demonstrate steps 2-3 to show the students what they will be doing.

  5. 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. They should also respond using the emotion they drew. 
    "In groups of two, you all are going to do introductions. You need to give a greeting, ask How are you?, give an answer, and say goodbye."

  6. Before letting the students loose, complete a model for the group with a student.

  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.


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

  1. What is your favorite way to say hello?

  2. What is your favorite way to say goodbye?

End of lab:

• 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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