Tom Tom

Teaching Practice 6
Upper-Intermediate level


Direct and Reported Speech review lesson


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification, review and practice of direct and indirect speech in the context of unfortunate media interviews.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in a conversation in the context of dispute mediation


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

T tells Ss they are about to watch a short video Ss will watch the video and (in pairs) discuss what the lady is trying to say "Can you work out what she means?" T plays the video Video will show a beauty pageant contestant stumbling over an interview answer Ss briefly discuss, although there is no clear answer T will elicit a few responses from Ss before guiding them "Do you think this is what she meant to say?" T brings up Slide 1, which contains three more unfortunate quotes from media interviews "Sometimes people don't deal with the pressure of an interview and their words don't come out right"

Stage 2 (Test #1) (7-10 minutes) • To gauge students' prior knowledge of the direct and reported speech

T chests HO1 "This is a quote from a TV weather forecaster" T will tell Ss that on the left they will see the quote written in direct speech and on the left is the same quote in reported speech. Ss must underline the words that have changed or been added in the reported speech T distributes HO1 and exercise begins While Ss work, T will bring up slide 2 on the power point for later WC FB When they have finished, Ss will peer-check One S will share their answers on the WB T will elicit any alterations from Ss before bringing up slide 3 with the correct words underlined T will then instruct Ss to turn over HO1 to reveal a table with two columns (Direct Speech and Reported Speech) Only half of the table is complete T will tell Ss that they must work in pairs to complete the table Ss must convert the direct speech to reported speech, or viceversa, depending on what section of the table is blank

Stage 3 (Teach) (10-15 minutes) • To clarify areas of the target language where students had difficulty in the first test stage

T brings up the next slide containing the direct speech only T elicits reported speech (answers) from Ss If the answer appears clear and understood then T will move onto the next one If there is confusion or a disagreement among Ss, T will bring up the next slide with the answer on it T will highlight the mistakes on the WB and elicit corrections from Ss, paying particular attention to the grammatical rules that govern reported speech This is a review lesson, so it is not necessary to block-teach all of the grammar T must focus on areas of difficulty within the class and clarify only those points All of the answers are displayed on separate slides so the T will continue will continue FB in this manner for each question, clarifying grammatical rules and eliciting corrections wherever necessary

Stage 4 (Test #2) (8-10 minutes) • Check students' use of the direct and reported speech again through controlled practice and compare this with the first test

T chests HO2 T explains that there are six sentences written in reported speech but there are several mistakes that have been underlined Ss work in pairs to correct the mistakes, writing their answers in the table on the right hand side of HO2 There is no need to re-write the whole sentence here, only the words that need to be added T distributes HO2 and exercise begins T will bring up slide 4 and elicit the answers from Ss, writing them on the WB to create an answer key

Stage 5 (Free Practice) (13-15 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language through a mediation speaking activity

T will divide class into groups of between three and five (three is ideal) Set up the groups with two Ss on chairs facing each other, a few metres apart The third Ss is standing, with a pen and paper T will bring up slide 6 to reveal a visual of two people arguing with a mediator in the middle T explains that the two sitting Ss are neighbours having a dispute The objective of the exercise is to reach a satisfactory compromise between the two neighbours The catch is that the neighbours cannot speak to each other directly The S that's standing is the go between Each neighbour will take it in turns to relay a message to the go-between, who will make a note and report the message to the opposite neighbour T hands out the role cards and gives Ss a minute to read them before the exercise begins T will monitor and make a note of any errors When a group has reached a compromise, Ss swap roles and T hands out new role cards This time the sitting Ss are husband and wife while the go-between is the divorce lawyer The format remains the same If there is time, Ss can swap again and T will hand out a final set of role cards In this final round the sitting Ss represent a pair of quarrelling countries while the go-between must mediate their dispute For FB, T can utilise delayed error correction Write any common errors on WB and elicit correct form from Ss

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