Greetings and Introductions - ESL Activities, Worksheets and Role-Plays

Excuse me. Are you...?

ESL Greetings and Making Introductions Activity - Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

In this free greetings and introductions activity, students introduce themselves as famous people. Give each student a card. The students then take on the role of the famous person marked at the top of their card. Their task is to find and introduce themselves to the two other famous people shown on the card. Students move around the class and ask one another 'Excuse me. Are you...?' If the person is not who they are looking for, students say 'Sorry' and move on to speak to someone else. If it is one of the people they are looking for, students introduce themselves by saying 'Hello, I'm... Nice to meet you'. Other phrases are also possible such as 'Let me introduce myself', 'Pleased to meet you', etc. When the students have found and introduced themselves to the two famous people on their cards, they sit down. Afterwards, the students can repeat the activity with different cards or tell the class who they met.
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Greetings Worksheet

ESL Greetings Worksheet - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this engaging greetings worksheet, students learn and practice language for greeting people. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Working alone, students begin by matching greetings and questions with responses. Students then unscramble words to make greetings. Next, students complete greeting and introduction expressions with words from a box. After that, divide the students into pairs (A and B). Students then practice the expressions by completing a dialogue using the language from the worksheet and their own personal information. The students then practice the conversation with their partner. Finally, the students present their dialogues to the class and feedback is given.
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Greetings Interactive Worksheet

ESL Greetings Interactive Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

This is an interactive PDF version of the above worksheet for English teachers working online. In the interactive worksheet, students complete a variety of online exercises to learn language for greeting people.
 

Introduce your Friend to the Class - Printable Version

ESL Introducing Someone Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 50 minutes

Here is a useful introductions activity to use on the first day of class. In the activity, students complete an introductory text by writing questions and asking them to a classmate. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. The students read the introductory text and write down the ten questions they need to ask to complete the text. Students then pair up with someone they don’t know very well. The students take it in turns to ask the questions to their partner and complete the spaces in the text with their partner’s answers. Finally, students introduce their partner to the class by reading the text aloud.
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Introduce your Friend to the Class - Interactive Version

ESL Introducing Someone Interactive Breakout Room Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 50 minutes

Here is an interactive PDF version of the above activity for people teaching English online. In the breakout room activity, students write personal information questions in order to complete an introductory text. The students then ask their questions to a partner, complete the introductory text and introduce their partner to the class.
 

Introductions and Polite Conversation

ESL Greetings and Introductions Lesson - Reading and Writing Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 50 minutes

In this greeting and introductions lesson, students learn and practice formal and informal phrases for greetings, making introductions, polite conversation and saying goodbye. Give each student a copy of the lesson. The students begin by learning formal and informal language for greeting someone and making introductions. Students then move on to learn how to make polite conversation, end a conversation and say goodbye. After all the language has been covered, divide the students into groups of three. In their groups, students use the language they have learnt to create a formal conversation where they greet each other, make introductions and polite conversation, and say goodbye. When the students have finished, they repeat the conversation in an informal setting. Finally, students present their dialogues to the class and feedback is given.
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Meeting People

ESL Greetings and Introductions Activity - Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

Here is a free greetings and introductions activity to help students practice greetings, introducing themselves and others. After practicing language for greetings, introducing yourself and others, divide the students into groups of eight. Give each student an identity card and a corresponding task card. The students then take on the identity of the person on their card. Their task is to find the two people on their task card and introduce them to each other. All the names and jobs are very similar, so the students need to listen carefully to make sure they have the right two people. The students then go around the group introducing themselves and asking each other's name and job until they find the two people who are to be introduced. When a student finds the two people, they introduce them to each other using the target language.
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Nice to meet you

ESL Greetings and Introductions Activity - Reading and Matching - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

This greetings and introductions activity is ideal for introducing phrases for greetings, making introductions and saying goodbye. Give each pair of students a set of cards, which they shuffle and spread out face up on the desk. The students then read the cards and match them together to make two dialogues. When the students have finished, the pairs read out their dialogues to the class. Next, the students reshuffle the cards and spread them out face down on the desk. Students then take it in turns to turn over two cards face up. If the cards make a matching pair, the student says the two lines aloud and keeps the cards. If the two cards don't match, the student turns them back over, keeping them in the same place and it's the other student's turn to play. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
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Portraits

ESL Introducing Yourself Activity - Drawing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

Here is a fun introducing yourself worksheet activity to help students introduce themselves and find out each other's names. Divide the students into groups of 12 and have each group sit in a circle. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by randomly drawing a portrait of themselves in one of the picture frames on the worksheet. When the students have finished drawing, they pass their worksheet to the person sitting on their right. Students then draw themselves again anywhere on the worksheet and pass it to the person on their right. This process is repeated until the students receive the worksheet they started with, complete with pictures in every frame. The students then go around the group identifying their classmates from the portraits, finding out their names and introducing themselves.
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Greetings and Introductions

ESL Greetings and Making Introductions Activity - Reading and Writing - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

This greetings and introductions worksheet activity helps to teach students language for greetings, making introductions, small talk and ending a conversation. Divide the students into groups of three and give each student a copy of the worksheet. In their groups, students role-play a dialogue from the worksheet. When the students have finished, they write down the language that was used in the conversation to greet someone, introduce someone, make small talk, end the conversation and say goodbye. Afterwards, review the language with the class and have the students suggest other possible phrases for each function. In their groups, students then write a similar dialogue where they greet each other, make introductions and small talk, and say goodbye. These dialogues are then presented to the class and feedback is given.
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Greetings and Introductions Worksheet

ESL Greetings and Introductions Worksheet - Reading and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

This free greetings and introductions worksheet helps students to learn language for greetings and introductions in different settings. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Students begin with a gap-fill exercise where they complete a conversation in which two roommates meet each other for the first time. Next, students read lines from a conversation where three people greet each other and make introductions at a party. The students then put the conversation in order by indicating who says each line, Natalie, Penny, or Leo. Afterwards, students answer four questions based on the two conversations. As an extension, students work in pairs or groups of three and create their own greetings and introductions conversation using the language from the worksheet. Students then act out their conversations in front of the class.
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Greetings and Introductions Interactive Worksheet

ESL Greetings and Introductions Interactive Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

Here is a free interactive PDF version of the above worksheet for online English teachers. The interactive worksheet contains a range of online exercises to help students learn language for greetings and introductions.
 

Meet and Greet Role-Play

ESL Greetings and Introductions Role-Play - Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

This engaging greetings and introductions role-play activity helps to teach students various formal and informal phrases for greetings and introductions. Divide the students into groups of four. Split each group into pairs and give each student an A, B, C or D role card. Students write their partner's name on the card. Each student then greets or introduces themselves to a student in the other pair using introductory phrases on their card. After the students have introduced themselves, they ask follow-up questions from the card and get to know each other. The students then introduce their friend to the person they are speaking to using a given phrase on the card. Afterwards, the students swap roles and repeat the activity to give them practice at using the other introductory phrases. Finally, the groups act out their role-plays in front of the class.
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Pleased to meet you

ESL Greetings and Making Introductions Activity - Matching and Reading - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

Here is a greetings and introductions activity for teaching or reviewing formal and informal phrases for greetings, making introductions and saying goodbye. Give each group of three a set of cards, which they shuffle and spread out face down on the desk. Students then take it in turns to turn over two cards. The aim of the game is to find the beginning and ending of a phrase for greeting, introducing or saying goodbye. If a student matches a beginning and ending successfully, they say the phrase aloud, keep the cards and have another turn. If the two cards don't match, they are turned back over and it's the next student's turn to play. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins. When the students have finished, they sort the cards into a conversation between three people. When the students have done this, they take on the role of the three people in the conversation and role-play the dialogue together. Afterwards, check the conversation and phrases with the class. The students then say which phrases they think are formal and informal and suggest other language that could be used in the conversation. As an extension, the students create and present a similar conversation using the language from the activity.
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Pair Introductions

ESL Introductions Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (A2-B1) - 40 minutes

In this first class icebreaker activity, students create personal information questions and interview a partner. The students then introduce their partner to the class using the information they found out. Divide the students into pairs (A and B) and give each student a corresponding worksheet. Working alone, the students complete the worksheet with personal information questions they would like to ask their partner. When the students have written 12 questions each, they ask for their partner's name and write it at the top of the worksheet. The students then take it in turns to ask and answer the questions with their partner. Students write their partner's answers in sentence form in the space next to each question. Afterwards, the students introduce their partner to the class using the information they found out.
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