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How to Teach Reported Speech in 3 Steps

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by Insights to English | 22 Mar 2018
Resource Description: Reported Speech, or Indirect Speech, isn't the same as Direct speech.  Students need to learn how to go from one to the other.  To make it easier for them, here is a video featuring 3 steps to make that change.
Audience: Secondary, Adult, University, Teacher Training
Audience Language Proficiency: Intermediate
Teaching Tip:

While we're used to Direct Speech in written form, Reported Speech (aka Indirect Speech) is more common in spoken English.  This video goes through 3 steps to get from Direct Speech to Reported Speech.

Here's a summary:

  1. Get rid of the quotation marks and comma, and insert 'that' after the word 'said'
  2. Backshift the verb (make it more past)
  3. Change the point-of-view words (certain pronouns, determiners, and adverbs) to fit the new context.

Be sure to watch the video to get all the details!