Greetings play an essential role in daily conversations and serves an important role in building and maintaining social relationships. Often, greetings are considered the first part of an interactional exchange between two or more people. A verbal or non-verbal greeting helps the conversation partners acknowledge each other's presence and initiate a conversation.
Vocabulary in Avaz : hi, hello, namastey, good morning, good night, bye, goodbye etc.
Where to find the vocabulary in Avaz : Quick > Greetings & Manners*
Note: The above screenshot is taken from Avaz India.
*The vocabulary path given above is as available in Avaz India.
How to teach
- Introduce the child to icons on the device for 'hello’ and 'bye’, to start with. See below for how to hide the remaining icons that are present in the screen.
- The parents can model the greetings in front of the child when you meet each other. The father can say "Hello mama" and mother can say "Hello papa". Stress on the word Hello and show the child the word as you tap on it. If you need help to know how to model the word, click here to see -
- Repeat the greeting when you see the child. Model the words and point to the respective icon when greeting the child everyday. Say "Hello Ankit", while simultaneously tapping the word Hello in Avaz.
- Encourage the child to respond to greetings by choosing the appropriate icon on Avaz.
- t's perfectly ok to continue to model as much as possible and move on. It can take many sessions of modelling before the learner will use a modelled word or utterance.
- Repeat this everyday and on several occasions through the day. Create opportunities to use it more often, each time you see the child.
- Generalize the same in the natural environment while the child interacts with other people at home to the family members or guests or to anyone they meet outside.
- Make the experience fun for the user by showing your excitement at the child's attempt with excitement and encouragement. "Wonderful, that is correct
- The best results happen when the learner is having fun! So try your best to use activities, that are fun for the learner. Make the experience silly or fun by tying in the experience with the learner’s interests.
- It is really important to NOT FORCE a response from the user. Forcing communication can lead to reluctance or refusal later, because communication becomes a demand or a "test".
- Don’t introduce all the greetings at one go.
- Teach one greeting at a time repetitively, until the child learns to use it in the correct context.
- Retain only one greeting on the screen and hide the other greetings.
- See the video below to know how to hide icons from the child's view.
How to hide icons
For more details, tap here to read How to hide and show icons ?