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TP.8, Reported Speech
Pre-intermediate level


In this lesson students will work on reported speech throught a TTT based lesson. The lesson starts with 2 drawings on WB and Ss guess the conversation starter. Then this is followed by the first test. T will clarify the problems in second part of the lesson. Then finally students will do a freer practice in which they will ask and answer questions and report them to someone else.


Main Aims

  • To provide review, practice and clarification of the reported speech in the context of a short love story

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in a conversation in the context of a love story


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Draw a boy and a girl on WB. and ask Ss to name them. Tell Ss that these two are in a disco and the boy wants to start a conversation with the girl. Boys in the classroom suggest sentences. Then girls vote for the best starter.

Test #1 (8-10 minutes) • To gauge students' prior knowledge of the target language

Hand out the first sheet and tell students to look at the pictures. Tell Ss to work individually. Students number the pictures A-H in a logical order. Ss check the answers with their pairs. Write the correct order on WB. (C-E-A-F-H-B-D-G) Change pairs and ask Ss to tell the story to their new pairs.Monitor. If they have problem with reported speech at this point don't correct them.Take notes for next phase.

Teach (15-20 minutes) • To clarify areas of the target language where students had difficulty in the first test stage

Take a look at your notes from the previous phase and write some of them on board. Write direct speech sentences so that you can ask CCQs and clarify their meaning. Here are some CCQs for reported sentences. Are these sentences your own sentences? No. Are you reporting someone's sentences? Yes. SS may have problem with tenses in reported speech. Tell them to go one step backwards to tha past to form the reported speech sentences and write some of their mistakes on WB. There are some questions that Ss should move to reported speech. If they have problem with this part. Probably can/ will/ have will be a problem for them. Write some of the sentences that you heard during first test on WB and clarify them. What is the answer to this question? (showing a yes/no question) What is the answer for this question?(showing a wh- question) Tell them that tenses change exactly the same way as in sentences. eg present to past, past to past perfect. They may have problems with the words tell, say, ask. here are some CCQs for them. Do you say someone something? no. Do you tell something to someone? no and write ''say something'', ''tell someone something'' on WB.

Test #2 (8-10 minutes) • Check students' use of the target language again and compare with the first test

Put Ss in pairs and hand out the second test. Get Ss do the test. Monitor and compare with the first test. If there is something unclear, clarify at the end of the exercise. Get feedback from the whole class.

Free practice (13-15 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Hand out speaking activity. Tell Ss to ask questions and answer. Ss will take notes so that they can report what they heard to their new pairs. Change paires and tell them to report their sentences. Monitor and correct. Offer help if necessary.

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