Introductions - ESL Activities, Worksheets and Games

Greetings and Introductions

ESL Reading and Writing Activity - Elementary - 25 minutes

This compelling worksheet activity helps to teach students language for greetings, introductions, making small talk and ending a conversation. The students are divided into groups of three and each student is given 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, the language is reviewed with the class and 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.
 

Introduce your friend to the class

ESL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 50 minutes

Here is an engaging worksheet activity to use on the first day of class. In the activity, students complete an introductory text by writing questions and asking the questions to a classmate. Each student is given 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. When the students have finished, the questions are checked as a class. 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.
 

Introductions and Polite Conversation

ESL Reading and Writing Activity - Elementary - 50 minutes

In this rewarding lesson, students learn and practice formal and informal phrases for greetings, introductions, polite conversation and saying goodbye. Each student is given 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, the students are divided 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.
 

Meeting People

ESL Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 minutes

Here is a fun activity to help students practice greetings, introducing themselves and others. After practicing language for greetings, introducing yourself and others, the students are divided into groups of eight. Each student is given 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.
 

Portraits

ESL Drawing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 minutes

Here is a creative worksheet activity to help students introduce themselves and find out each other's names. The students are divided into groups of 12 and each group sits in a circle. Each student is then given 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.
 

Meet and Greet

ESL Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 minutes

This engaging role-play activity helps to teach students various formal and informal phrases for greetings and introductions. The class is divided into groups of four. Each group is then split into pairs and the students are given a corresponding Student 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 and feedback is given.
 

Pleased to meet you

ESL Matching and Reading Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 minutes

Here is a great activity for teaching or reviewing formal and informal phrases for greetings, introductions and saying goodbye. The students are divided into groups of three. Each group is given 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 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, the conversation and phrases are checked 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 a similar conversation using the language from the activity. These conversations are then presented to the class.
 
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