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Reported speech lesson
Intermediate level


Abc Handout - text
Abc Game - husband/wife cards
Abc Handout Grammar activity
Abc Answer key - Grammar spot
Abc Grammar handout
Abc Answer key - Ex.3

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of reported speech in the context of quotes from famous people

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice using reported speech in the context of quotes of famous people and a role-play


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

T will play a short clip of an interview. (45 to 60 seconds). Who were the people? What did they say? Elicit only a couple of things that were being said but listen for SS using reported speech. Highlight that, and ask "when we tell someone what somebody else said, what are we doing?" Try to elicit reported speech, otherwise, give it to the SS.

Clarification of TL (13-15 minutes) • To highlight and clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Give SS the handout with the text and Ex.3. Ask SS to match the quotes (indirect with direct speech). ICQ: "What are we going to do with the parts that are different?" underline. Give them 5 minutes. Work individually. Check answers in pairs. Display answer key on the OHP. Handout grammar spot and copies of grammar rules for reported speech. Ask SS do work in groups of three and answer the questions. Give them 8 minutes. Tell SS that the rules for reported speech are on the grammar handout and that they can use it as a reference. Display answer key on OHP.

Controlled Practice (7-9 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Ask SS to pick two quotes from the text, and rewrite those into reported speech. Give an example as a demo, then give SS 4 minutes to do two on their own. Ask SS to share their answers with their neighbor, their neighbor has to find out who said it. Monitor. Listen to SS as they share with their partners.

Freer Practice (13-15 minutes) • To provide students with freer practice of the target language

Elicit some things that might create conflict/arguments between husband and wives. Do a demo with 3 SS in front of the class. (Ask 3 strong SS). Tell them, that one S will be the wife, another one the husband and the third S is the go-between. Hand out the papers with the complaints to the husband and wife. T models first one, have SS do another example each. Then divide SS into groups of three and have them practice. Change roles after dialogue has been finished, OR after a couple of minutes ask SS to switch roles (and situations possibly). Roundup. Feedback.

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