Some years ago I made what I call my Spanish Meet and Greet Chart to help students practice meeting and greeting someone new. When students learn Spanish, they learn how to ask each other their names, to ask how are you and where are you from, and to say nice to meet you. which are simple and easy.
But, what I have found, is that when suddenly they’re in a real-life situation having to use these questions and answers with a native speaker, they stumble. I believe the reason is that they learn those questions and answers at different times and never practice using them all together in a conversational way. The Spanish Meet and Greet chart gives them the chance to do this.
To begin using the Spanish Meet and Greet Chart with students for the first time, I write the categories on the board as you see in the picture above – Greet, Introduce, Say Nice to Meet You, How Are You, Where From, Good-bye. Then, together we go through each category retrieving what questions and answers the students remember. I fill in as they tell me, and then I fill in with anything else they may have forgotten. You are seeing a filled in chart.
Then I have students talk through the chart with a partner as if meeting each other for the first time. They ask each other the questions and answer them by using the chart on the board as a conversational guide beginning with “Meet”, continuing to Introduce, and so on, and ending with “Good-bye”. We will do this for several classes, often as a warm-up, until the students seem to have a good level of mastery with it.
I don’t go through the chart creating process on the board every time we do it. Instead, I make small, filled-in charts, like the one in the picture that they use with their partners.
Eventually they do the chart without looking at it. When we get to this point, I will put the categories on the board, but not fill it in. They go through the conversation only using the categories to guide them. Finally, they get to where they don’t need anything at all.
I use this chart with my students of all ages grades 3 and up. My Spanish for You! students (grades 3-8) do this at some point during the year once they have learned all the phrases necessary to do it.
I also use this chart with my first year high school students (not using Spanish for You!) at the beginning of the school year when they are learning all these phrases and questions.
I use this chart with my second and third year high school students as a warm up at the beginning of class. It is a great warm up for more advanced students because often these simple things become forgotten as students advance.
When I use this with high school students, I also include meeting and greeting in “formal” situations (using the “formal you”) AND introducing a person to another person.
I have found using this chart to be really effective. I hope you find it helpful too! Feel free to download a chart for yourself HERE.
PS – If you are looking for a Spanish curriculum for teaching your classes or homeschool, grades 3-8, take a look at Spanish for You! It is designed to make teaching and learning Spanish simple, effective, and affordable!