Teaching Lesson 7
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson the students will learn about reported speech through a text-based clarification of language. The students will be exposed to the target language (reported speech) and then the speech will be highlighted and clarified through a guided discovery.


Abc Controlled Practice Handout
Abc Guided Discovery Handout
Abc Gap-Fill from Listening

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of Reported Speech in the context of a dialogue between a man and his partner about going into business with his friend.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist and specific information listening practice using a text with reported speech in the context of a dialogue between a man and his partner about going into business with his friend.


Lead-in (2-3 minutes) • Introduce the context

Introduce the context of Mike and his wife talking about in earlier conversation that Mike had with his friend Rob. Keep it short.

Listening Exercise 1 (5-6 minutes) • Listen for Gist

Teacher hands out four gist questions for the students to answer while listening to the dialogue. Nominate feedback.

Listen Exercise 2 (5-6 minutes) • Listening for Specific Information

Teacher hands out gap fill and then plays dialogue again and students complete exercise individually. Feedback on the WB. Teacher then highlights "reported speech"

Guided Discovery (15-18 minutes) • To clarify the language

Have students work in pairs to complete the guided discovery. Once finished elicit the answers by nominating. For any wrong answers, first let students clarify, then clarify on board if necessary or CCQ. Highlight the different forms and context on the board and leave on board at end.

Controlled Practice (8-12 minutes) • To test student's knowledge of the language

Once completed with the guided discovery hand out, teacher passes the controlled practice handout for the students to be done alone. Allow them to check in pairs when done. Role play feedback.

Telephone game (10-12 minutes) • Controlled speaking excercise

Split into groups of 5. Explain the game telephone. Demonstrate with group. Give each group a word. Check each group with last person. Correct any groups that got it wrong, then allow each group to do their own in reverse order.

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