Reported Speech activities, ideas and links

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:


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

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


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 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:

Videos and movie clips

An excellent video on B.C

Play wheel of fortune

From movie segments to assess grammar goals 3 extracts from 3 fun movies

Songs for teaching reported speech


Beatles Things We Said Today

A fantastic idea how to revise reported speech with a song



22 Comments on Reported Speech activities, ideas and links

  1. Nihal Yildirim
    January 25, 2012 at 5:23 pm (4 years ago)

    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
    January 28, 2012 at 3:20 pm (4 years ago)

    Thank you Nihal for stopping by.

  3. Justin Parmer
    January 30, 2012 at 12:09 am (4 years ago)

    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.
    January 31, 2012 at 3:22 am (4 years ago)


    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.

    Eleanor Pomerat

    Here is a link to the class blog:
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  5. Barry O'Leary
    February 4, 2012 at 7:11 am (4 years ago)

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

  6. Ray
    February 9, 2012 at 10:36 pm (4 years ago)

    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
    February 19, 2012 at 3:39 pm (4 years ago)

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

    Thanks, Jon.

  8. Audrey Mitchell
    February 21, 2012 at 12:41 pm (4 years ago)

    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 .
    My Twitter is @AudreyMitchell3. Thank you so much for your time.

    • Eva Buyuksimkesyan
      February 22, 2012 at 1:20 pm (4 years ago)

      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
    February 26, 2012 at 8:43 pm (4 years ago)

    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
    June 25, 2012 at 12:59 pm (3 years ago)

    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! :)

  11. Naveed
    September 2, 2012 at 3:05 pm (3 years ago)

    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
    September 7, 2012 at 11:52 pm (3 years ago)

    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
    November 20, 2012 at 9:48 pm (3 years ago)

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

  14. amber
    August 21, 2015 at 11:26 am (3 months ago)

    I liked the idea of exchanging snowballs but this could only be interesting for junior level , what should I do for the adult learners of 10 level

    • Eva Buyuksimkesyan
      September 4, 2015 at 1:24 pm (3 months ago)

      Hi, Amber I used snowball activity with my teens 11th 12th graders as well. They will like it


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