Reported Speech – Free ESL Lesson Plan

Our new ESL Lesson Plan, “Introduction to Reported Speech,” helps students understand how to describe someone else’s words. Learning how to transform direct speech into reported speech is essential to everyday communication, and students will certainly benefit from this engaging lesson that includes clear descriptions, examples and practice opportunities. Keep reading to find out what to expect and how to teach it virtually or in-person.

When should you teach “Introduction to Reported Speech”?

“Introduction to Reported Speech” is an ESL lesson plan download aimed at students with advanced proficiency levels. To fully grasp the material, students must be very comfortable with changing verbs between various tenses including the perfect, simple and continuous tenses.

You can download the lesson plan here:

How to teach the “Introduction to Reported Speech” lesson

To help students understand this concept, this lesson breaks down the components of transforming direct speech into reported speech: pronouns, tenses, time and the removal of quotation marks. It also spends a substantial portion of slides going over how to backshift by “going back a tense” and how to employ possessive adjectives successfully.

The slides are playful and illustrated with many pictures and fun examples to keep your students engaged and motivated.

If you are looking for even more information on how to teach this lesson plan on reported speech, be sure to download a free Off2Class account. You will gain access to teacher notes that will guide and prepare you. 

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