Brenna McNeil, Amber Hoye, Mimi Fahnstrom, Naia Robinson
Languages, Language Education (ESL)
Material Type:
Middle School, High School, College / Upper Division
  • German
  • Goodbye
  • Greetings
  • Hello
  • Introductions
  • Meet and Greet
  • Times of Day
  • License:
    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
    English, German

    German 101 Lab 2 Online (Greetings and Introductions)

    German 101 Lab 2 Online (Greetings and Introductions)


    Students will have a “Meet and Greet” party where they will pretend to be the person on their card, such as Heidi Klum. They will introduce themselves and greet other people, taking into account the times of the day and their feelings review the different greetings.

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      Greetings and Introductions (German)


      Students will have a “Meet and Greet” party where they will pretend to be the person on their card, such as Heidi Klum. They will introduce themselves and greet other people, taking into account the times of the day and their feelings review the different greetings.

      Proficiency Level: Novice low

      Keywords: Greetings, introductions, hello, goodbye, times of day, meet and greet, German

      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 language on a variety of topics.
      • Standard 1.3 Students present information, concepts, and ideas 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 the cultures studied.

      Idaho Content Standards for World Languages: 

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

      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)

      Materials Needed: 


      • Students will be asked the time of day that appears in the pictures (morning, evening, and night). 
      • Then, the students will be asked what one says during these times of the day
        • Guten Morgen
        • Guten Tag
        • Guten Abend
        • Gute Nacht
        • Schlaf gut
        • und mehr

      Main Activity

      Students will have a “Meet and Greet” party where they will pretend to be the person on their card. 

      1. The lab instructor will share the card link with students in the chat. Each student will be assigned an “identity” to assume.
      2. The lab instructor will put students in break out rooms. 
      3. Students will discuss with each other, asking each other questions and responding based on the information on their cards including the emotion displayed by the emoji.
        1. What is your name?
          1. Wie heißt du?
        2. How old are you?
          1. Wie alt bist du?
        3. Where are you from?
          1. Woher kommst du?
      4. The students should practice using the formal tense for their answers.


      Students will play Hangman 

      1. Begin by opening the Google Slideshow and introducing the Can-do’s. Give a quick reminder about formal v. informal conjugations for introductions.
      2. For the warm-up, students will play hangman to review the alphabet. 

      Say the can-do statements, remind students about formal vs. informal conjugations (e.g. for introductions) 

      Some hangman word options:

      • Hallo
      • gute Nacht
      • Schlaf gut
      • guten Tag
      • guten Abend
      • guten Morgen
      • Freut mich, dich kennenzulernen 
      • Herzlich Willkommen
      • danke
      • bitte
      • tschüss
      • bis Morgen
      • auf Wiedersehen
      • Begrüßung
      • Abschied
      • Telefonnummer