To provide practice of reporting verbs in the context of text: A Day in the Life of John Betterman
To provide clarification of vocabulary
Procedure (137-182 minutes)
I will ask the students about the job of John Betterman, the man mentioned in the text they had just read in the previous class. I will elicit the answer 'Consultant' and ask the students what a consultant does. I will get them to come up with a description and a few examples to make sure everyone is clear. At that moment, the word 'advice' will come up as well. I will then ask the students to look at the text they have been given to find a word that is similar to advice or consulting.
I will give the student the grammar exercise and give them 5 minutes to skim read the text and match the highlighted words with the verbs used in the grammar text.
I will monitor the students as they work, if there are some who are not clear, I will pair them with the ones who do and give them 5 minutes of pair work. while they do pair work, I will write the grammar exercise on the board. Then I will ask them to find words in the text that are similar to the ones on the board. eg: mentioned - suggested I will ask the students which verbs they think are stronger and which are weaker.
I will underline the reporting verbs and verb and ask the students what the sentence means. I will try to elicit the word 'Report' from them. I will explain the grammatical structure for the first example and ask them to work in pairs to do the rest' giving them 5 minutes.
I will monitor the students as they work on the grammatical form and ask them to help me write it on the board for the rest of the sentences.
I will give students the last exercise and ask them to report the direct speech using verbs from the grammar box working in pairs. Ask them for answers.
I Will ask the students to look at the reported speech on the exercise and tell me who might be talking to who. If we have more time, I will ask them to work in pairs and tell one another a story about a time, where they have to use reporting verbs.