How does silence make you feel?

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Grammar - reported speech


reported speech practice




In this lesson students discover the power of silence, work on improving their listening skills and focus on reported speech practice.

B2 / Upper Intermediate
C1 / Advanced
45 minFlipped LessonUnlimited Plan

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Listening practice & revision of reported speech

Before the lesson, students on their own look at a box with words and expressions which they’ll later hear in a video and check if they understand their meanings. Next, they watch the video about the benefits of silence and list six ways that silence can change a person’s life for the better. The following exercise allows them to check what they remember about reported speech in English. Their task is to study eight sentences and change them into reported speech.


Further listening & reported speech practice

The in-class part of the lesson starts with the vocabulary box students already worked on in the pre-class part and a gap-fill exercise. They look at eight gapped sentences and complete them with one of the words/expressions from the box. Afterwards, they engage in a discussion about silence and how it’s related to being successful. Then, they move on to another video. They watch it for the first time to answer a general question and then watch it again and complete seven sentences with one or two missing words each. The last two exercises allow students to focus on reported speech practice once again. First, they look at the sentences from the video and change them into reported speech. Finally, they get to practise reported speech orally. They work in pairs, choose two out of six statements related to silence and in turns express their opinions. Their partners listen to them, take notes and then summarise what they said using reported speech.



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  1. deborah

    Really enjoyed this lesson plan. Thank you. A question mark is needed on the first slide 🙂

    1. Justa

      Thanks! Just added it 🙂

  2. Nike Delgado

    An excellent lesson plan. Thanks!

    1. Kasia

      That’s so nice to hear 🙂 Thank you!

  3. Šarūnė Tilvikaitė

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    1. Stan

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  4. [email protected]

    Where can I find these idioms? It says lesson page at ESL brains, but I don’t see it 🙁

    1. Justa

      Hi there! I’m not sure what you mean. This lesson plan doesn’t include idioms. If you look for lesson plans with idioms, you can find them here. If not, you can email me at [email protected] and I’ll try to help you 🙂

  5. [email protected]

    Hi, This was a great lesson, but just be careful about the lesson overview! You wrote that they listen to a video…and a few more typos!


    1. Stan

      Jenn, thanks for the feedback! We changed the description a bit 🙂

  6. Duna.Spain

    Thank you sooooo much!! you saved my Friday lesson!

  7. DaveMar

    This is a great lesson plan, for many reasons. Engaging, useful and fun.

    Just one thing… on slide 9… “The murderer is very weak, so he may confess tomorrow.” Would a judge actually say this (calling them ‘murderer’)? Perhaps they’d call them the ‘defendant’? Maybe the prosecution might say it? Or a detective/police officer or the attorney/lawyer?

    1. Justa

      Great to hear that you like the lesson so much 🙂
      That’s a valid point actually! You’re right, it might be quite unusual for a judge to say such words, so we’ve just updated the worksheets 🙂


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