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Reported Speech Exercise

Reported Speech Exercise

A reported speech exercise where students role-play two people not speaking to one another. A common friend relays messages to the two people using reported speech.

Level:  Intermediate

Grammar:  Reported Speech

Time:  60 minutes

Preparation

  • None.

Procedure

1

Ask the students to split up into three groups.

2

Assign each group a letter: A, B, or C.

3

Give each group a role.


A: Boyfriend

B: Girlfriend

C: Messenger

4

Explain the situation that the boyfriend and girlfriend are upset with each other. Ask Group A and Group B to imagine three reasons they are upset. Ask Group C to review the grammar for reported speech.

5

Make three rows of chairs. Ask the students in Group A to sit in Row 1, Group B to sit in Row 3, and Group C to sit in Row 2.

6

Explain the situation that the boyfriend and girlfriend are not speaking to one another. However, they have a common friend who relays messages. The students in Group A must tell the messenger (the student in Group C) the reasons they are angry. The messenger relays the information to the student in Group B using reported speech. Then, the student in Group B tells the messenger the reasons they are angry.

7

Continue the reported speech exercise until all the reasons have been relayed.

Extended Practice

Round 2

  1. Ask the students to go back to their groups: A, B, or C. Give each group a new role.


    A: Brother

    B: Messenger

    C: Sister

  2. Explain the situation that the siblings are upset with each other. Ask Group A and Group C to imagine three reasons they are upset. Ask Group B to review the grammar for reported speech.

  3. Make three rows of chairs. Ask the students in Group A to sit in Row 1, Group B to sit in Row 2, and Group C to sit in Row 3.

  4. Explain the situation that the siblings are not speaking to one another. However, they have a common friend who relays messages. The students in Group A must tell the messenger (the student in Group B) the reasons they are angry. The messenger relays the information to the student in Group C using reported speech. Then, the student in Group C tells the messenger the reasons they are angry.

  5. Continue the reported speech exercise until all the reasons have been relayed.

 

Round 3

  1. Ask the students to go back to their groups: A, B, or C. Give each group a new role.


    A: Messenger

    B: Classmate 1

    C: Classmate 2

  2. Explain the situation that the classmates are upset with each other. Ask Group B and Group C to imagine three reasons they are upset. Ask Group A to review the grammar for reported speech.

  3. Make three rows of chairs. Ask the students in Group B to sit in Row 1, Group A to sit in Row 2, and Group C to sit in Row 3.

  4. Explain the situation that the classmates are not speaking to one another. However, they have a common friend who relays messages. The students in Group B must tell the messenger (the student in Group A) the reasons they are angry. The messenger relays the information to the student in Group C using reported speech. Then, the student in Group C tells the messenger the reasons they are angry.

  5. Continue the reported speech exercise until all the reasons have been relayed.

 

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