Inspired by Diane Larsen-Freeman, who stresses the importance of teaching the meaning of grammar and Scott Thornbury and his ideas about teaching grammar in use and not isolated rules, I designed this activity to help students comprehend (not just produce) reported speech.
In this fun and original worksheet for the ESL classroom or even the English Language Arts classroom, students are given reported speech. Their job is not to simply translate it back to direct speech. Rather they must interpret the meaning of the backshift.
This activity is original and replicates authentic processes that go on in our heads when we hear reported speech.
Answer Key and Teacher Instructions included.
One of my individual activities for teaching reported or indirect speech. Buy them all for the discounted price of $9 total at: What Did you Say?: Fun Activities to Teach Reported Speech, a 22 page book of activities and ideas of teaching reported or indirect speech.