BASELINE: FORM ONE ORIENTATION COURSE, 2019 INTRODUCTION TO THE COMMON CLASSROOM GREETINGS

For the Primary School children/pupils who used to greet their teachers, parents and other people in Kiswahili, English Language greetings cannot be easy to master sometimes. The classroom greetings and other greetings should be mastered by all students because they are the first place to begin learning a new language by speaking!
The following classroom greetings are very important for the students, especially beginners like Form One Students:

MORNING (12:00 am – 11:59 am)
STUDENTS INITIATE as soon as the teacher enters the class.
TEACHER INITIATES as soon as he/she enters the class.
STUDENTS: Good morning Sir!
TEACHER: Good morning?
TEACHER: Good morning! How are you?
STUDENTS: Good morning Sir!
STUDENTS: We are fine!
TEACHER: How are you?
TEACHER: Sit down.
STUDENTS: We are fine.
STUDENTS: Thank you Sir!
TEACHER: Sit down.

STUDENTS: Thank you Sir.

AFTERNOON (12:00 pm – 05:00 pm)
STUDENTS INITIATE as soon as the teacher enters the class.
TEACHER INITIATES as soon as he/she enters the class.
STUDENTS: Good afternoon Madam!
TEACHER: Good afternoon class?
TEACHER: Good afternoon class. How are you?
STUDENTS: Good afternoon Madam.
STUDENTS: We are fine, Madam!
TEACHER: How are you?
TEACHER: Take a seat.
STUDENTS: We are fine, Madam!
STUDENTS: Thank you, Madam!
TEACHER: Take a seat.

STUDENTS: Thank you Madam!

EVENING (05:00 pm – 11:59 pm)
STUDENTS INITIATE as soon as the teacher enters the class.
TEACHER INITIATES as soon as he/she enters the class.
STUDENTS: Good evening Teacher!
TEACHER: Good evening students?
TEACHER: Good evening students. How are you?
STUDENTS: Good evening Teacher.
STUDENTS: We are fine!
TEACHER: I’m fine. How are you?
TEACHER: Have a seat.
STUDENTS: We are fine too!
STUDENTS: Thank you!
TEACHER: Have a seat.

STUDENTS: Thank you Teacher!

GOOD NIGHT. Good night is the greeting for wishing someone a good night time. It starts from 10PM onwards or when you go to sleep. Or people just say ‘Goodbye’.
SOMEONE INITIATES when he/she wishes someone else a good night.
For example, Jose wishing Jimmy.
SOMEONE INITIATES when he/she is replying to someone else who has wished him/her a good night.
JOSE: Good night Jimmy!
JIMMY: Good night too Jose!
DAUGHTER: Good night dad!
FATHER: Good night, sweetheart!
SON: Good night, mum!
MOTHER: Good night, my little prince!


OTHER OBSERVATIONS ABOUT GREETINGS:
  •        These greetings are applicable to anyone. The students should be reminded to consider time, gender, age and plurality and singularity before they greet someone or some people.
  •        Students should not say ‘Fine Thank you’ because ‘Fine’ means saying ‘Okay’ or ‘I’m/we’re good’ and ‘Thank you’ means they are thanking the teacher after telling them what to do, not thanking him/her after agreeing that they are good!
  •        Students should not say ‘Sir/Madam’ at the same time. They should say ‘Sir’ if they greet their male teacher and say ‘Madam’ if they are referring to their female teacher.
  •        Also students can say ‘Fine’ instead of saying ‘We are fine’. But a single word ‘Fine’ sounds rude and awkward.
  •        The teacher should give students more exercises by emphasizing them not to say ‘We are fine’ even if the student is alone. To realise these differences, students should be given more speaking exercises on the particular expressions.
  •        The students can add ‘Sir’ or ‘Madam’ after saying ‘We are fine’, hence having ‘We are fine, Sir’ to mention the teacher in question.
  •        Sometimes it is awkward for students to ask their teacher ‘How are you’. In most cases, it is the teacher who can do that!
  •        When a teacher is greeted by students, he can also reply. STUDENTS: Good evening Sir. TEACHER: I’m fine. How are you? STUDENTS: We are fine!
  •        The teacher or students can extend their sentence like this: ‘We are fine too’ or ‘I’m fine too!’
  •        If the students don’t want to say ‘Sir’ or ‘Madam’, they can just say ‘Teacher’.
  •        If a students is entering the staff office and finds male and female teachers, he/she can’t greet every teacher individually but he/she can greet them collectively by saying ‘Good morning teachers’ or ‘Good afternoon teachers’.
  •        Sometimes when a student enters the office and fine male teachers only, he/she can say ‘Good afternoon Teachers’ or ‘Good afternoon Sirs’. This is the case for the female teachers who can be greeted ‘Good afternoon Madams’


Reference
Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (2015) Baseline: Orientation Course for Form One – Students’ Book, Science, Mathematics and Social Sciences, MoevT, Dar es Salaam.


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