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It is mid-term break now. At the moment I’m enjoying myself reading blogathon posts and doing some preperation for the first week of the school. February will be a hectic month and I have to pre-plan everything.

Reported Speech is the grammar point that we will study  but I want to challenge them with something different, fun and enjoyable so I checked what I’ve collected so far and searched the web and I’ve compiled a list as follows:

REPORTED SPEECH ACTIVITIES

Write  gossips (possibly from a magazine about a popular person) on post-it notes.

Tell students to walk around, listen to their friends, take notes about the gossips they heard and then report it to the class.

Give them some scrap paper

Tell them to write a wh question

A yes-no question

A warning

A request

A statement about an event that happened at the
weekend

A piece of advice, etc

When they finish, tell them to make balls from the papers

Tell them it’s time to play snowball

Allow them to play snowball for some time.

All of them should have a snowball in the end; they open the ball and report the things written on it.

Tell students they are bored in the lesson ;) and will exchange messages secretly from the teacher (something they always do)

Give them situation and tell them that they will exchange messages until you stop them.

Stop them and ask them to report the conversation.

Play Chinese whisper

Tell a statement, ask a question to the first students and tell him he will whisper the message to his friend and the friend will do the same until the last students receives the message but the last students will report the statement or the question. If he does it correctly, he will become the first student. If he can’t he will continue as being the last receiver for one more term.

Skeleton poem

Tell students to write a poem based on a given model that you think is suitable for your learners

Mum says

Dad says

Teacher says

But nobody says

Bring cartoons to the classroom and ask ss to report the dialogues.

Watch any video about an interesting topic.

Tell sts to take notes and then report some of the talk.

An inspirational TED talk or another short video

Tell something about yourself like ‘I was at starbucks with my friends two hours ago’

Student 1 will report it to the class and say something about himself/herself.

Student 2 will report what st 1 has said and tell something about himself /herself

Or

Student 2 will report what you and st 1 have said and adds his/her own

Student 3 will report what you, st 1 st2 have said and adds his/her own

Recently I’ve stumbled upon this blog. Here you will find a very short mingling activity http://icebreakeractivityoftheday.tumblr.com/post/16455813518/post-it-pass-itand after the activity is done, ask students to report what their friends have wrote.

When I searched on the net, I came across with the following links. You may also find them interesting:

http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/activities/eavesdropping

http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/activities/doctors-patients-speaking-activity

http://www.ehow.com/info_8554756_reported-speech-activities.html

http://www.onestopenglish.com/grammar/grammar-reference/verbs-and-tenses/reported-speech-tips-and-activities/152843.article

http://www.tefl.net/alexcase/worksheets/grammar/reported-speech/

http://esl.about.com/od/readingcomprehensionquiz/a/report_read.htm

Videos and movie clips

An excellent video on B.C  http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/how/how-tell-if-your-boyfriend-slob

Play wheel of fortune http://www.englishw.com/SamplePage3.php

From movie segments to assess grammar goals 3 extracts from 3 fun movies http://moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.com/search/label/reported%20speech

Songs for teaching reported speech

Beatles DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET

Beatles Things We Said Today http://busyteacher.org/2736-reported-speech-with-friends-theme-song.html

A fantastic idea how to revise reported speech with a song http://bfunb1.mixxt.com/networks/files/file.81836

 

 



15 Comments so far

  1.    Nihal Yildirim on January 25, 2012 5:23 pm      Reply

    Hello Eva,
    I will also teach ‘reported speech’ second term and you’ve just gave me some extra ideas. Thank you for sharing! Enjoy your break :)

  2.    Eva Buyuksimkesyan on January 28, 2012 3:20 pm      Reply

    Thank you Nihal for stopping by.
    Eva

  3.    Justin Parmer on January 30, 2012 12:09 am      Reply

    I really like the idea of having the students exchange what they write randomly by playing “snowball” and throwing the paper balls around and reporting on what they end up with. You have some really great ideas to keep students interested in learning!

  4.    Eleanor P. on January 31, 2012 3:22 am      Reply

    Hello,

    My name is Eleanor Pomerat. I am commenting on your blog as an assignment for my EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama.

    I thought this blog post was very interesting for two key reasons.
    1. I had never heard of “reported speech,” until I read your blog post.
    2. You had some wonderfully creative ideas for teaching reported speech.

    After reading this blog post, I looked up what reported speech means and my current understanding is that it is similar to indirect speech? I don’t know where you are from, but is reported speech unique to your country? I hope it isn’t a topic that I missed while in grade school in the United States!

    As I mentioned above, I loved your ideas for activities to aid in teaching reported speech. I think that your idea of telling the students to secretly pass notes to each other behind the teacher’s back is a great idea!

    I will post a comment on your blog once more before I make a summary post, which will be posted on my blog on February 12th, 2012.

    Regards,
    Eleanor Pomerat

    Here is a link to the class blog:
    http://edm310.blogspot.com/
    My Blog:
    http://pomerateleanoredm310.blogspot.com/
    My Twitter:
    @epomerat

  5.    Barry O'Leary on February 4, 2012 7:11 am      Reply

    Great post, thanks for that, doing reporting verbs at the moment so will come in very useful.

  6.    Ray on February 9, 2012 10:36 pm      Reply

    Wow, the snowball idea is really creative and would definitely get the students more engaged than just writing down notes from the board. The gossip idea sounds fun as well. These are some great activities to motivate any language classroom!

  7.    Tefl Jobs UK on February 19, 2012 3:39 pm      Reply

    Some great ideas for reported speech Eva, it can often be such a dry topic.

    Thanks, Jon.

  8.    Audrey Mitchell on February 21, 2012 12:41 pm      Reply

    My name is Audrey Mitchell. I am majoring in elementary education at the University of South Alabama and I am in the edm310 class there. I was assigned your blog for this portion of our C4T assignments. This post of yours made me happy. That may sound strange but coming from someone with ADHD the fact that you are trying to make learning a bit more interesting and fun but also challenging is awesome to me. All students need to be intrigued in what they are learning but students with learning disabilities need it a bit more. I hope your students enjoyed your activities as much as I enjoyed reading about them. If you could please give me some feed back. My personal is mitchellaudreyedm310.blogspot.com .
    My Twitter is @AudreyMitchell3. Thank you so much for your time.

    •    Eva Buyuksimkesyan on February 22, 2012 1:20 pm      Reply

      Thank you Audrey,
      Last week we played snowball and they really enjoyed it. Sometimes doing something out of the routine helps a lot. The gossip also worked well.

  9.    Jami on February 26, 2012 8:43 pm      Reply

    Hello, I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I have been assigned to comment on your blog.

    I love the ideas you have listed as possible activities to help teach Reported Speech. I particularly like the idea of having the students exchange what they written randomly by playing “snowball” and then reporting on what they end up with. I’m sure the students will love it. I love the interactive Wheel of Fortune game. I’m sure that you students will be very engaged in this activity.

    You have done a great job researching ideas and resources to teach Reported Speech. I hope that your students enjoy the activities. Please feel free to respond and visit my blog.

    My Blog

  10.    Creative Teacherette on June 25, 2012 12:59 pm      Reply

    These ideas are amazing. I’m currently tutoring a group of students who have problems with reported speech, so I’ll probably use many of your ideas to make them more comfortable with it. Thanks a lot! :)

    http://creativeteacherette.blogspot.com/

  11.    Naveed on September 2, 2012 3:05 pm      Reply

    Hi, great stuff here, I teach in the UK and was referred to your site by a colleague. I have a suggestion for you, it is something which I knew about from my IT background but I now teach my students to be aware of when they use Powerpoint for their presentations. Please be aware of bad colour schemes and the contrast between colours. There is a reason humans use black text on a white background…we can read it. Yellow text on a white background is a just not readable. What use is your message if the reader cannot read it or has great difficulty reading it.

  12.    Liz on September 7, 2012 11:52 pm      Reply

    Thank you so much for these fantastic ideas!I have been struggling for days to think of an interesting or fun approach to teaching reported speech and you have given me great inspiration.

  13.    franco on November 20, 2012 9:48 pm      Reply

    wow! you really showed me the right path!
    great ideas!

  14.    Alex Case on October 14, 2013 2:32 am      Reply

    Thanks for the mention, Eva. Now moved from tefl.net to http://tefltastic.wordpress.com/worksheets/grammar/reported-speech/

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