UDEL21 tools Erasmus+
TOOL 021   |   Greeting rituals
Field of diversity
Group size
Small group Class

Get a feeling for other customs, in order to learn how to deal with different kinds of verbal and non-verbal communication and to experience the limited validity of your own habits.

30 min
Goals (Skills/Competences)

- discuss different types of behaviour and cultural differences

- reflect on the validity of your own norms and values

- learn to perceive and respect other people's boundaries


Role cards with symbols and text


- the teacher explains to the pupils that they are at a multicultural party.

- the role cards are handed out with some made-up forms of greeting.

- the pupils go round the class and greet each other in their specific way (as described on the card)

- the goal is to greet everyone in the group, as far as possible.

- The activity is followed by a group analysis using these questions:

1. Which forms of greeting were pleasant/unpleasant? Why?

2. Were any greetings interpreted differently? (e.g. as hostile, trying to make a pass, too close, too distant ...)

3. How did you feel about the unusual forms of greeting?

4. How did you act after the first greeting? (happy, scared, curious, tense, ...?)

5. how should you react to different customs? What rule should be observed? (Who should adapt to whom? Optional question)

+ links: www.miteinander-ev.de/servicestelle-miteinander/integration.pdf

Modifications comments
Success factors

Minimum of trust and openness towards the other pupils. Don't use any familiar national or cultural forms of greeting!


Even in funny situations the serious nature of the simulation should be maintained.

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