Monday, 05 December 2016

Reported Speech - ESL EFL Activities, Worksheets and Games

You said...

ESL EFL Miming and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

This lively activity can be used to introduce the topic of reported (indirect) speech to elementary students. In the activity, students play a miming game where they have to guess what their classmates were told to do using reported speech. The class is divided into groups of four and each group is given a set of cards. Two pairs of students play against each other. One student picks up a card and reads the command on the card. The student then whispers the command to their partner. Their partner acts out the command to the other pair of students. The other pair of students watch the mime and try to guess what the student told their partner to do. They use reported speech to say what they think the command was, e.g. He/she said go to bed. If they manage to guess the command and make a suitable sentence within the time limit, they score a point. The pairs then swap roles and the process is repeated until there are no more cards left. The pair with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.

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But he told me...

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 40 Minutes

In this entertaining teaching activity, students interview each other then use reported speech to compare what people said. Each student reads ten questions on a worksheet and then writes one true answer and two false answers for each question. The class is then divided into groups of eight. Students use the questions to interview three people in their group. Students note down their classmates' answers on the worksheet. Students are free to ask follow-up questions, especially if they suspect they are being given a false answer. Each time a student answers a question, they give either a true or false answer, but they must vary the answers they give different people. The groups are then split in half to make groups of four. The students compare what different people told them using reported speech. Students then decide which of the answers are true. When the students have compared their answers, the groups of eight are brought back together and the students reveal their true answers.

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Oh Really?

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this teaching activity, students practice reported speech by remembering what their classmates said. The teacher begins by eliciting expressions to show interest or surprise, e.g. Oh yeah? Oh really? Wow! Amazing! The students are then told that they are going to tell each other something interesting or surprising and that they have to try to remember what each person said. Each student is then given a card. The students memorize the sentence on their card and then stand up and walk round the class. The students say their sentences to their classmates and listen to their sentences. They can ask other students to repeat their sentences once only. When they have finished, the students write down what their classmates told them using reported speech. The student with the most correct sentences wins the game.

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Report This

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this pairwork activity, students interview each other and then report questions and answers to a new partner. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a worksheet. The students take it in turns to ask their partner the questions on their worksheet and write down their partner’s answers in note form next to the questions. When they have finished, the students work with a new partner. They take it in turns to use reported speech to tell their new partner what they asked their old partner and what their old partner said.

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Somebody told me that...

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 50 Minutes

In this fun speaking activity, students use reported speech to tell their classmates information they found out about other students in the class. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by moving round the classroom asking and answering questions on their worksheet and completing their worksheet with classmates' answers. Every time someone responds positively to a question, the student writes the respondent’s name and asks a follow-up question. When everyone has finished, the students are divided into groups of four. The students use reported speech and take it in turns to report back the information they found out. They do this without saying the student’s name. Instead, they use the phrase ‘Somebody told me that…’ The other students in the group guess who said each thing, scoring one point if they guess correctly. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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What did you ask me?

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 45 Minutes

Here is an engaging class activity to help students practice reported speech. In the activity, each student asks one question to everyone in the class. Then, the students have to remember which question each person asked, and the person reports the answers. Each student is given a question card. The students survey the rest of the class by asking everyone the question on their card, making a note of the answers. When they have asked everyone in the class their question, the students are divided into pairs. They try to remember which question each person asked, and they write the questions down in reported speech. The teacher then asks the students what questions they can remember and the questions are confirmed as a class. The person who asked each question also reports back how the majority of the students answered.

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What did they say?

ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 40 Minutes

In this energizing class activity, students report back answers to questions using reported speech and race to complete sentences about what people in the class said. The class is divided into groups of three or four. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students write down the names of all the students in the class that are not in their group on their worksheet. Each group is then given a question sheet. A student from the group reads the first question on the sheet and memorizes it. The student then goes to another group to ask the person whose name they wrote in sentence 1 the question. The student then returns to the group and reports the answer using reported speech, e.g. Sophia said that she had been studying English for five years. Everyone in the group writes down what the student said on their own worksheet. When everyone has written the sentence, the next student asks the second question to the person whose name is written in sentence 2. The aim of the game is to be the first group to complete all the sentences correctly. When a group thinks they have finished, their sentences are checked. If all the sentences are correct, they win the game.

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Telephone Messages

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 30 Minutes

Here is an engaging class activity to help students practice reported speech. In the activity, each student asks one question to everyone in the class. Then, the students have to remember which question each person asked, and the person reports the answers. Each student is given a question card. The students survey the rest of the class by asking everyone the question on their card, making a note of the answers. When they have asked everyone in the class their question, the students are divided into pairs. They try to remember which question each person asked, and they write the questions down in reported speech. The teacher then asks the students what questions they can remember and the questions are confirmed as a class. The person who asked each question also reports back how the majority of the students answered.

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Comments  

#4 Soraya 2016-08-02 12:39
I loved them!!!
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#3 Admin 2015-11-06 07:33
Thanks Darth. You are cool too, but I've noticed you have a dark side.
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#2 Darth Vader 2015-11-03 08:52
You are cool
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#1 Jackie Terrones 2015-10-07 17:37
Thank you so much, I found most of these activities very useful and fun for my students.
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