If we want students using the target language at the start of a new year (especially at the novice level), then we have to have resources to encourage it. I’d ask students “¿Cómo estás?” and most really wanted to answer me in Spanish. Without help though, they’d scramble up the easiest response (bien) OR jump right to English. Kara’s posted about this before, and we both think we can push them “Beyond Bien.”
You don’t even have to pre-teach the vocab in a big lesson with all the ways to answer the “How are you?” question. Emojis are a language kids already understand so they can figure things out… no English necessary! Hang today’s free download near the spot where you normally greet them and give them a chance to learn a little every day!
Have a great day!