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Reporting Speech Lesson
Intermediate level


In this lesson, Ss learn about how to use reporting expression to summarise what people say. As a context, they will listen to a conversation between two people who are talking about two different situations in which they have been told a lie. They will work on meaning and form and practise it through some exercises.


Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of reporting speech through a conversation between two people talking about the situations in which they were told a lie.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To enable Ss to practise listening for gist using a text about telling a lie.


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

- T posts a picture of angry mum and the kid eating chocolate and asks Ss to guess what the lie can be in the story. - They discuss their predictions as a whole class.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

- Ss listen to a conversation between two people talking about the situations in which they were told a lie. - While listening, they try to find the answers to the questions in pairs. - In groups, they compare their answer and discuss it as a whole class.

Clarification (15-18 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

- T writes an example sentence from the text. " He said that he wasn't really sick." and asks Ss what it means and when we use that kind of expressions. - T elicits the possible answers from the students and names it as "Reporting Speech". - In pairs, Ss complete the sentences from the conversation using the given reporting verbs in the correct form. - Ss listen to the conversation again to check their answers. - T posts four categories on the board and asks Ss to write which verbs in the sentences are followed by - a question word, - to infinitive, - that....? or - by and object pronoun. - Ss come to the board and writes the verbs under the related categories. - They check it as a whole class. - T gives a chart to Ss including more reporting verbs and example sentences as a reference and they go through it together. - T shows three sentences to the Ss and asks which one is correct and why. - T elicits from Ss the form. - T focuses on pronunciation.

Controlled Practice (10-12 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

- In pairs, Ss complete the sentences to report Anna and Bill's conversation. - Ss compare their answers with neighbour pairs. - T hands the answer key out and Ss check their answers.

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