What is reported speech? Also known as indirect speech, reported speech is used to report what a person said.
In the activity, students play a miming game where they guess what their classmates were told to do using reported speech. The class is divided into groups of four and each group is split into two competing pairs.
The group is then given a set of imperative cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the desk. One student begins by picking up a card and whispering the command on the card to their partner. Their partner mimes the command to the other pair of students.
The other pair of students watch the mime and try to guess what the student told their partner to do. The pair then uses reported speech to say what they think the command was, e. The pair has one minute to guess what the student told their partner to do. If they manage to do this and make a suitable sentence with reported speech, they score a point.
The pairs then swap roles and the process is repeated.
Students play until there are no more cards left. The pair with the most points at the end of the game wins. But he told me ESL Reported Speech Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate - 40 minutes In this entertaining reported speech activity, students interview each other and then use reported speech to compare what the interviewees said.
Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students read ten questions on the worksheet and write one true answer and two false answers for each question. The class is then divided into groups of eight. Students use the questions to interview three people in their group.
Students are free to ask follow-up questions, especially if they suspect they are being given a false answer.
Each time an interviewee answers a question, they give either a true answer or one of their false answers, but they must vary the answers they give different students.
When everyone has finished, the groups are then split in half to make groups of four. The students then compare what different people told them using reported speech and decide which of the answers are true.
When the students have compared their answers, the groups of eight are brought back together and the interviewees reveal their true answers. Finally, there is a class feedback session to find out who gave the most convincing false answers in each group. ESL Reported Speech Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate - 30 minutes In this amusing reported speech activity, students have to try to remember what their classmates said.
The students begin by reviewing expressions to show interest and surprise, e. The students are then told that they are going to tell each other something interesting or surprising and that they have to try to remember what each person said. Each student is then given a card. The students memorize the sentence on their card and then stand up and walk around the class, saying their sentences to each other.
Students use an expression for showing interest or surprise each time they hear a sentence. When the students have all spoken to each other, they write down what their classmates told them using reported speech, e.
When the students have finished writing, the correct answers are checked with the class. The student with the most correct sentences is the winner.
Report This ESL Reported Speech Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate - 30 minutes In this engaging reported speech activity, students interview a partner and then report the questions and answers from the interview to a new partner.Teaching Tip: While we're used to Direct Speech in written form, Reported Speech (aka Indirect Speech) is more common in spoken English.
This video goes through 3 steps to get from Direct Speech to Reported Speech. In this engaging reported speech activity, students interview a partner and then report the questions and answers from the interview to a new partner.
The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Reported speech is a very rich grammar area to teach because: It can involve considerable manipulation of form.
It’s a very easy piece of . Teaching Reported Speech in The Present Simple. First of all, you should teach your students how to report speech in present tense. This is the simplest way to teach speech, so it is the best starting point for getting familiar with indirect speech.
Ask your students to tell what they typically do on weekends by using the present simple tense. Provide students with a chart of the principal changes in reported speech (i.e.
will -> would, present perfect -> past perfect, etc.). Ask students to practice the reported speech by beginning with a simple reported speech quiz, a reported speech worksheet, or by asking them to change sentences from direct to reported speech.
We hope these teaching points give you enough confidence to teach reported speech to your ESL students. Your students don’t need to be advanced ESL learners to tackle reported speech, but they do need to be confident in each tense you intend them to backshift between.