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Say, Tell, Speak, Talk Activity

Say, Tell, Speak, Talk Activity

Students listen to the second half of a sentence and decide whether it is best to use say, tell, speak, or talk. A speaking activity using reported speech.

Level:  Intermediate

Grammar:  Reported Speech

Time:  20 minutes

Preparation

  • Make one copy of the Conversation Cards for each group, and cut as indicated.

Procedure

1

Explain the usage of say, tell, speak, and talk. 


Say: Most commonly used

Tell: Used to instruct or inform

Speak: Formal and one-way communication, such as a speech, on the phone, or to talk about a language

Talk: Informal communication

2

Students get into groups of 4 or 5 people.

3

Give one set of Conversation Cards to each group, and ask the students to put the cards in a pile face down.

4

Ask the students to take turns taking a card from the pile, reading out what is written on it, and waiting for a member of the group to say whether it is best to use say, tell, speak, or talk.

5

The first student in the group to correctly answer can take the card.

6

Continue until there are not any cards remaining.

7

The winner in each group is the student with the most cards.

Notes:

More information on Say, Tell, Speak, Talk.

Printable Worksheets

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