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
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.
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.
The Student’s Turn!
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
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.
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