Would you mind answering a few questions?
ESL Indirect Questions Role-Play - Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 35 minutes
In this intriguing role-play activity, students ask and answer indirect questions in a street interview. The students are told to imagine that they are reporters for a local radio or TV station and that they are going to interview people on the street to find out public opinion on a chosen topic. The class brainstorms possible interview topics and the students' ideas are written on the board, e.g. cryptocurrency. Each student is then given a copy of the worksheet. Students choose a topic from the board and complete five indirect questions on the worksheet based on their chosen topic, e.g. 'Could you tell me how you feel about cryptocurrency?' The students are then divided into two even groups - reporters and passers-by. The passers-by walk around the class as if they are walking along the street. The reporters stop the passers-by and ask them if they would mind answering a few questions. The reporter then writes the person's name at the top of the column and interviews them, noting down their answers on the worksheet. When all the reporters have spoken to three people, the students swap roles. When the students have finished, they report back to the class on the answers they received. With a little more preparation, this activity could be done outside with real people.