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Teacher Notes

Objectives & Sequence: This lesson is intended to be used as a preview of Grammar - Subject & Object Pronouns.

The following vocabulary words are used in this activity:

Part One

A greeting is what you say when you meet or see someone.

Work with a partner. Read and listen to the following conversations. What are some examples of greetings that you see and/or hear?

Conversation #1

A: Hey, Chris!

B: Oh, hi! How are you, Janet?

A: I'm great, thanks! How about you?

B: Oh, pretty good. How's Tim?

A: Tim? He's doing well too.

B: That's good to hear.

Conversation #2

A: What's going on, Steve?

B: Um, not much I guess. You?

A: Nothing. Are you going to Amanda's party on Friday?

B: Yeah, I think so. Are you?

A: Definitely.

B: Cool. It'll be a good time.

A: Yeah, see you there.

Conversation #3

A: Good morning, Mr. Jeffries.

B: Wilson! How are you doing this morning?

A: Very good, Sir. Yourself?

B: I'm well, thanks. It's going to be a busy day.

A: Definitely, but I'm ready for it.

B: Excellent! Let's get started!


Part Two

With your partner, decide which conversation you think is the most formal. Which one is the most casual? Why?


Part Three

Step 1: Saying "Hello"

When you first see or meet someone, you should greet them by saying "Hello." Here are some other ways:

Normal

Hi

  • A short way to say "Hello"

Hey

  • A little more casual than "Hi"

Good morning / afternoon / evening

  • Depends on the time of day

Hello / Hi / Hey, there

  • "There" can be added to "hello", "hi", or "hey".
Casual

Howdy

  • A fun way to say "Hello"
  • Casual

Yo

  • A very casual way to say "Hello", "Hi" or "Hey"

Intro Example #1 Example #2 Example #3

View the following examples.

Hi, Mike!

Howdy!

Hello!

Hey, Jenna!

Good morning, Chris!

Hi there.


Step 2-A: "How are you?"

After greeting people, we usually ask people, "How are you?"

Here are other ways to ask this question and possible ways to answer:

How are you?

  • I'm great!
  • I'm well.
  • I'm fine.
  • I'm OK.
  • I'm alright.
  • I'm not bad.

How are you doing?

  • I'm (doing) great!
  • I'm (doing) well.
  • I'm (doing) fine.
  • I'm (doing) OK.
  • I'm (doing) alright.
  • I'm not (doing) bad.

How's it going?

  • (It's going) great!
  • (It's going) well.
  • (It's going) fine.
  • (It's going) OK.
  • (It's going) alright.
  • (It's not going) bad.

Intro Example #1 Example #2 Example #3

View the following examples.

Hi, Mike!

Howdy!

How's it going?

Good, thanks.

Hello!

Hey, Jenna!

How are you doing?

I'm well.

Good morning, Chris!

Hi, there.

How are you?

I'm alright, thanks.


Step 2-B: "What's new?"

Sometimes, we use questions with "what" instead of asking "How are you?":

Questions with "What"

Possible Answers

We can also describe news or new events as our answer (Example #3):

Intro Example #1 Example #2 Example #3

View the following examples.

Hi, Mike!

Howdy!

What's going on?

Not much.

Hello!

Hey, Jenna!

What's new?

Nothing.

Good morning, Chris!

Hi, there.

What's up?

Well, actually, today is my birthday!


Step 3: And you?

Finally, if someone asks you, "How are you?", it is polite to ask them in return after your answer:

Intro Example #1 Example #2 Example #3

View the following examples.

Hi, Mike!

Howdy!

What's going on?

Not much. You?

Not much.

Hello!

Hey, Jenna!

How are you doing?

I'm well. How about you?

I'm alright, thanks.

Good morning, Chris!

Hi, there.

What's up?

Not a whole lot. Yourself?

Not a lot.


Part Four

Practice what you have learned by walking around the room, greeting others. Try to use different greetings.


Part Five

In each of the three conversations at the top of the page, all of the pronouns are in blue. Look at the chart below. What do you know about pronouns? Can you complete the chart below?

Subject Pronouns Object Pronouns

I

you

he

she

  it  

we

they

that

this

these

those

me

you

him

her

it

 us 

them

that

this

these

those