EFL / ESL Teaching Tip: Culture Greeting Lesson

Rennert New York TESOL Center | TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certification

Here is a fun culture lesson from one of our trainers, Maria, that you can use to teach cultural greetings to your students.  You  can do it with any level, but it’s really getting the students to learn about greetings, international greetings, and then it leads into American greetings and how they can interact with that.

The first step is to research greetings from around the world; you can choose several countries e.g.  India, Maori tribes (people in New Zealand), etc.  It’s importnt to make them random enough so that your students aren’t familiar with them. 

Secondly, go over the greetings making sure, especially for Beginners, that they understand what the greetings are. It’s fun because some of them are really unknown to them—really different.  One, for example, is you pretend to spit at each other’s feet. You don’t actually spit, but you just give the gestures. Students are oftensurprised by that as being a greeting.


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