In this reported statements lesson plan, intermediate students watch a video, talk about misunderstandings and learn and practise reported speech.
WARM-UP & VIDEO
In the first part of this lesson, students do a warm-up activity. They look at two photos and say what the people might be fighting about. Students also read a definition of the word misunderstanding and hypothesize about the reasons for the misunderstandings in the photos. Then, they watch the video which presents a misunderstanding between two characters of the TV show Friends. They need to explain what the misunderstanding was about. Students also look at what the characters said in the second part of the video and decide what the original statements were. Then, they watch the first part of the video again and check their answers. They also discuss some questions about misunderstandings in general.
REPORTED STATEMENTS & ROLE-PLAY
The second part of this lesson focuses on reported statements, students match what some people said with a misunderstanding. Then, they look at the reported statements again and choose what the people originally said. After that, they do a guided discovery task. They need to find a difference between the reporting verbs say and tell. They also need to match structures in directed speech with structures in reported speech. Finally, students do some reported speech practice. First, they look at two photos from the beginning of the lesson and complete some reported statements that people in the photos might have produced. Next, they look at one more photo and think about possible misunderstandings the people in it had. At the end, they think of four things the people might be saying.
In the final part of this reported statements lesson plan, students do a role-play activity. They are presented with three situations and need to talk to their partner about the misunderstanding in each of them. They also need to find a solution to the problem. The role-plays are prepared in a way that encourages students to use reported statements.
This reported statements lesson plan also includes an additional grammar task. It’s available in the teacher’s version of the worksheet. You can print it, and hand it out to your students. It’s also included in the e-lesson plan if you teach online.
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