Reported speech
Upper-Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will review the reported speech. They will focus on the changes that happen to a sentence when reporting it, whether on the tenses, adverbs, or the form.


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Abc reported speech exercise
Abc Correct the reported speech exercise

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification, review and practice of Reported speech in the context of How to report someone's speech while being aware of the changes that should be applied

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide inference listening practice using a text about a phone conversation in the context of a meeting between Rob ans Mike to discuss a business plan.


Test #1 (5-8 minutes) • To gauge students' prior knowledge of the target language

The test here is also the warm-up and lead-it. The students play a game : - Students are divided to pairs. - Each pair gets 2 piece of paper in which there are 2 sentences. - Each individual reads the sentence he has got to his/her partner. - A student in a certain pair asks another student from a different pair about what his or her partner has said to him/her. - Students notice the changes that occurred to the sentence. - Eliciting "the reported speech".

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

- Students are divided into different pairs. - Students are given a dialogue. - Students work in pairs and put the dialogue into reported speech. - Students fill the table on the board with the changes that occur to the sentences. - The exercise is corrected by the whole class. - Write important notes from the lesson on the board. - Students listen to the dialogue and tick the reported sentences when they hear them.

Test #2 (5-7 minutes) • Check students' use of the target language again and compare with the first test

- Students are divided to pairs. - Give students sheets with sentences on them. - Students tick the correct sentences and change the incorrect ones. - A whole class correction.

Free practice (7-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

- Students are divided into pairs. - Students think of a question to ask their partner. - Each student chooses another student and report his/her partner's question. - Monitor ans make sure the students' reported questions are correct.

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