Patricia Green Patricia Green

TP8 Reported Questions
Pre-Intermediate level


Abc Google Slides, Google Jamboard

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification, review and practice of Reported Questions in the context of dialogue extracted from the Christmas movie Elf

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide listening practice using a video for questions in the context of a dialogue between movie characters


Warmer/Lead-in (2-3 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Teacher shows slide of popular Christmas movie Elf and asks if students have either seen or heard of it. Teacher elicits film synopsis from any students who have seen the movie or otherwise provides a slide with a brief description.

Exposure (7-8 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through video

Teacher plays Elf movie trailer instructing students to specifically listen for questions in the dialogue. ICQ: What are you listening for in the movie trailer? (questions asked by the characters) Teacher plays the video again - stopping it and asking if students hear the question being asked. Teacher shows slide of 4 direct questions (quotes) asked by characters in the movie trailer. Fluent natural speech can be difficult for students and playing the video twice with stops on the second time through ensures exposure to recognition of target language.

Clarification of Target Language (9-10 minutes) • To clarify the MPFA of Reported Questions

Teacher shows slide of another direct movie question and elicits students feedback for turning it into a reported (indirect) question. In BOR's students complete the Jamboard Quiz reviewing the MFPA of Reported Questions Teacher provides feedback on the task

Controlled Practice (8-9 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

In BOR's students transform 3 direct questions (quotes) from the movie into reported questions. ICQ: How long do you have for this activity? (7 min)

Freer Practice (9-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

In BORs students are instructed to writes down one question to ask others in their group about New Years. Before answering the question, the other students write down in reported form the question they were asked. ICQ: How many things does each person write down (2 - question to ask others and the reported question THEY were asked). Students share the reported questions (and answers if they choose) with the whole class. Teacher elicits reformulation and correction of 1 or 2 of the reported questions from students. ICQ: Do you write the Direct Question and Reported Question on a piece of paper?(Yes)

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