ESL Greetings Lesson Plan

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

In this lesson plan, ESL students will practice using greetings in real-world contexts. The varied activities will require them to use speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. As a formative assessment, students will create an original comic strip.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Say appropriate greetings in a conversation
  • Determine the appropriate greeting while reading a conversation
  • Use appropriate greetings in writing


45-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.1

Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.3

Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to gather additional information or clarify something that is not understood.


  • Hello
  • Hi
  • Hey
  • Good morning
  • Good afternoon
  • Good night
  • How are you?
  • How's it going?
  • What's up?
  • Nice to meet you
  • Nice to see you
  • Bye
  • Goodbye
  • See ya
  • I'm good
  • It's going well
  • Not much, you?

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