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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 transformation quiz 01
Fifteen-question transformation quiz.


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


Related material from other sources

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



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.


Comparison with as...as...

Comparison with <i>as</i>...</i>as...</as>: picture
Detailed grammar reference notes on comparison with as....
Three pages, illustrated. Includes positive and negative forms, modifiers and common similes.
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ESL lesson plans

Reading and vocabulary: workplace discrimination

Reading and vocabulary: workplace discrimination: picture
Work clothing vocabulary.
News story in graded English about woman who was sent home for refusing to wear high-heeled shoes.
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Download Dress code (PDF)

ESL lesson plans

Reading and vocabulary: How Donald Trump got rich: a tale of three Trumps

Reading and vocabulary: How Donald Trump got rich: a tale of three Trumps: picture
Three articles in graded English with lead-in and comprehension tasks.
Jigsaw reading for groups of three.
Grammar follow-up on participle clauses (PDF advanced version)
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Download Intermediate (PDF)
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