You’ll often find reported speech in some of the higher level ESL/EFL textbooks, but it’s not easy to design an interesting, engaging activity to use with it. Check out what I do related to giving advice.
Problem/Advice Reported Speech Activity
If you have high level students, an excellent activity that you can use for reported speech is problem and advice. These two things just naturally fit well together, and it’s actually what you can find in many ESL Textbooks.
How Does the Activity Work?
Show the students a problem that you found online or made up. Here’s mine about a high-school student dating a college guy. Note the reported speech examples that are underlined.
I wrote it myself in just a few minutes. It would work well for high school, university students or adults but not for younger students.
After reading, have students talk about the problem with a partner and say what advice they would give. It depends on the level, but I usually allow 2-3 minutes for just a quick discussion.
Adapt it to Any Age or Level of Student
Of course, you can easily make your own problem to adapt to the age and level of students that you have. It generally works best if the age range of the person is the story is the same as your students.
What do the Students Have to Do?
Next, students have a few minutes to write their own problem in 5-8 sentences, using 2-3 sentences with reported speech in it (My Mom told me that…).
I’ll keep my example story on the powerpoint or board for students to refer to if necessary. Point out the examples that you underlined previously if they need a bit of help with grammar.
Then, have students share the problem with their partner and he/she gives them some advice.
The Reported Speech Serious Practice Part
The original pair joins with another pair and the first student has to share her problem (briefly) and then use reported speech to say what advice her partner gave her. That student could also say whether or not they thought it was good advice.
Continue until all three students have shared their problems and the advice that they got.
This reported speech activity is really fun because everyone loves to talk about their problems and people also like to give advice!
It’s also a great way to get some speaking practice with reported speech. If you think about it, this actually is not that easy to do but this activity is a good one.
Do you Like this Reported Speech Activity?
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Did you think this was a great activity that you’d like to try out with your students? Yes? Thought you would! It’s a fun way to get your students practicing this skill that can be a bit tricky to come up with activity ideas for.
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Well Organized into Various Sections
The book is organized into sections: reading, writing, vocabulary, warm-up, etc., so you’ll be able to easily find what you need in minutes. Keep your students engaged and interested in your classes by adding some variety into them.
Available in a Variety of Formats
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Need to Brush up on Reported Speech Grammar?
Are you a little bit shaky on the ins and outs of reported speech yourself? Native English speakers instinctively know how to do it, but it’s sometimes not easy to understand the rules behind it.
Check out this video below to help you out the rules of reported speech. You could also consider showing something like to your students, instead of telling them yourself.
Reported Speech Activity: Have your Say!
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