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ABSTRACT While some courses may be taught by lecture, a foreign language class requires constant dialogue. To promote this dialogue, teacher and students need to get acquainted early in the course. One way to do this is by having the students introduce one another formally to the class in a brief speech. This approach involves four steps: 1) The teacher presents the vocabulary. 2) Students conduct interviews to obtain the necessary information. 3) The introductory speeches are delivered, and the teacher evaluates them. 4) The material is reinforced as the speeches are written out for a grade. This lesson offers a practical vocabulary and immediately challenges people to use the target language. It causes the students some anxiety, but ultimately helps them feel at ease and at home in the class.