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Reported speech


Reported speech - general
reporting verbs

There are two common ways to tell somebody (report) people's words, thoughts etc. These are : direct speech and reported speech. Direct speech is when we use the exact words that were said. (Note : We can't use direct speech for thoughts, except in 'thought bubbles' in ...Read more


The following ESL resources are available for Reported speech:

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Reported speech dominoes
Twelve-card reported speech dominoes, all showing backshift


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Reported speech practice
Small groups. One student picks up a card with a direct speech statement or question written on it. S/he changes this into reported speech. The first of the other students to reconstruct the original direct speech statement or question 'wins' the card.


Reported speech quiz (329)
Fifteen-question multiple-choice quiz focusing on: (1) tense and time (2) ask / tell that vs ask / tell smbdy to do sthg


Reported speech transformation quiz 01 (765)
Fifteen-question transformation quiz.


Reported speech transformation quiz 02 (913)
Twelve question direct->reported speech quiz. Includes questions, same time - same tense, and special reporting verbs (remind etc.)



General English course books (adults)

Inside Out Student's Book Intermediate book cover 

Inside Out Student's Book Intermediate 

Susan Kay   Vaughan Jones   
Unit 9 Soap  Pages 74 - 76
Unit 16 Review 2  Page 134 
Matching quotes to famous people and reporting them.
New Cutting Edge Upper Intermediate students' book book cover 

New Cutting Edge Upper Intermediate students' book 

Peter Moore   Sarah Cunningham   
Module 12 Media mania  Pages 128 - 129
Consolidation modules 9 - 12  Pages 136 - 137
Module 4 The mind  Page 46   A formal letter
Students listen to an advertisement for a product and then a letter complaining about the product

Photocopiable resource books

Intermediate Communication Games book cover 

Intermediate Communication Games 

Jill Hadfield   
31 - Tact  Page 31 
Role play. Small groups. Role cards for two parties + a go between who has to negotiate for them.

Grammar books with exercises

Developing Grammar in Context book cover 

Developing Grammar in Context 

Mark Nettle   Diana Hopkins   
19 Reported speech 1: say. tell and ask  Pages 107 - 112

General English adult course resource packs

Reward Intermediate Resource Pack book cover 

Reward Intermediate Resource Pack 

Susan Kay   
23 Battlefield or bed of roses?  Page 23 
Ss prepare 'Love is...' statements; interview each other and report what they've heard.
24 Who asked me that?  Page 24 
Reported speech questions
Progress check 21 - 25 Hexagon race  Pages 21 - 25
Category revision quiz for: reported speech; adverbs; phrasal verbs and vocab. (Hexagon sheet could be used for any questions.)
Reward Upper-intermediate Resource Pack book cover 

Reward Upper-intermediate Resource Pack 

Susan Kay   
20b Neighbours  Page 20 
Jig saw story containing reporting verbs. Students dictate to each other in pairs.

ESL lesson plans

How Donald Trump Got Rich: A Tale of Three Trumps

US Election ESL worksheet 1 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 2 Donald Trump worksheet 3 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 4 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 5 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 6
B1 / B2 Complete lesson Skills: split reading; discussion; role play Vocabulary: business and economics

Download A Tale of Three Trumps for B1/B2 (PDF)
C1 Complete lesson Skills: split reading; discussion; Grammar: participle clauses

Download A Tale of Three Trumps for C1 (PDF)

US Election Special 2016

US Election ESL worksheet 1 US Election ESL worksheet 2 US Election ESL worksheet 3 US Election ESL worksheet 4
B2/C1 Complete lesson Vocabulary: politics, elections; skills: discussing elections and issues.

Download Politics and the US Election (PDF)

Wear high heels or go home: gender discrimination at work

Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 1 Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 2 Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 3
B2/C1 Complete lesson Vocabulary work clothes; skills: gender discrimination; grammar: reported speech.

Download Workplace gender discrimination (PDF)

English grammar notes

Comparison with as...as

Comprehensive grammar reference notes, illustrated.
Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 1 Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 2 Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 3
Download English grammar notes: comparison with as...as (PDF)