Spanish Level 2, Activity 01: Vamos a conocernos / Let’s Get to Know Each other (Face-to-Face)

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Vamos a conocernos/ Let's Get to Know Each Other, Spanish, Novice High


In this activity, students will answers questions about themselves using memorized words and phrases. In addition, they will have the opportunity to share information about their hometown with the rest of the group. Students will learn how to discuss places and how to describe themselves. Students will also learn how to ask question to get to know each other.

Proficiency Level:

Novice High


Greetings, introductions, restaurants, families, hobbies, sports, hometown, birthplace, activities, recommendations, preferences 

Relevant ACTFL World-Readiness Standards:

  • “Standard 1.1 Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.”
  • “Standard 1.2 Students understand and interpret spoken and written Spanish on a variety of topics.”
  • “Standard 1.3 Students present information, concepts, and ideas in Spanish to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.”

Relevant Idaho State World Language Standards:

  • COMM 1.1 - Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions
  • COMP 1.1 - Observe formal and informal forms of language.
  • COMM 2.1 - Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
  • COMM 3.1 - Present information, concepts, and ideas to inform, explain, persuade, and narrate on a variety of topics using appropriate media in the target language.

Relevant NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can exchange recommendations with a friend regarding the best places to visit in my hometown.
  • I can ask and answer questions regarding popular locations in my hometown.
  • I can share my preferences regarding things I like to do in my hometown.

Materials Needed:


1. Begin by introducing the Can-Dos for today’s activity (located in the Google Slideshow). 

2. Give a whiteboard and a marker to each student. They will play the “one word” game. The rule is that the students can only use one word to answer the question. First they will write down their response and then share it with the group. You can use the questions below and make up their own

“Para empezar nuestro lab de hoy, vamos a jugar el juego de "una palabra". Cada persona necesita una pizarra y un marcador. Voy a leer una pregunta y todos van a escribir una respuesta en la pizarra. ¡Escriban sólo una palabra! Después de cada pregunta, vamos a compartir las respuestas."

3.  Go through the Google Slideshow asking a question, giving students time to write a 1 word response, and having them share aloud. Repeat until all the questions are finished. 

Main Activity

1. Today we are going to share a few things about our hometowns. Does anyone know what “natal” means? It is the place where you start your life, the city where someone grows up. For example, my hometown is _____.” 

Ahora vamos a compartir algunas cosas sobre nuestras ciudades natales. ¿Qué significa “natal?” Es el lugar donde empieza la vida, es la ciudad donde una persona crece. Por ejemplo, mi ciudad natal es ________.” 

2. Have students use their phones/iPads to google an “illustrated map” for the city they were born in.  Students will act as tour guides. They will describe their favorite places or their hometown to the group. 

"Van a usar los teléfonos o iPads para encontrar un mapa ilustrado de sus ciudades natales. Van a ir al sitio de Google y escribir “Tu Ciudad Natal + illustrated map". Por ejemplo- Portland, OR, este mapa es muy bonito y tiene los lugares interesantes de Portland. Si no puedes encontrar tu ciudad natal, intenten encontrar la ciudad cerca o tu ciudad favorita.” 

3. Put the students into pairs and then ask them to answer each of the questions on the slideshow. The slideshow will display only one question at a time. The objective is to learn more about the hometown of your partner. Also, you should give some recommendations about places to visit in your hometown.  

"Ahora van a tomar turnos con las preguntas de la presentación. El objetivo es aprender más sobre la ciudad natal de tu pareja. También, deben dar algunas recomendaciones sobre lugares interesantes en sus ciudades natales.” 

4. After they've shared with their partners, have them share one thing they learned to the group. 

“Después de hacer las preguntas, vamos a compartir nuestras ciudades natales con el grupo. También van a compartir algo nuevo que ahora saben sobre la ciudad natal de su pareja.” 


Ask the following question to finish the lab: 

1. Cómo es tu ciudad similar a las demás? ¿Cómo es diferente?

End of lab:

• Read Can-Do statements once more and have students evaluate their confidence. 
(Use thumbs up/thumbs down or download our student cards.) 
• Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation.
• Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future labs!

Relevant NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can exchange recommendations with a friend regarding the best places to visit in my hometown.
  • I can ask and answer questions regarding popular locations in my hometown.
  • I can share my preferences regarding things I like to do in my hometown.

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