In grammar, indirect or reported speech (also indirect discourse; Latin ōratiō oblīqua) is a way of reporting a statement or question. A reported question is called an indirect question. Unlike direct speech, indirect speech does not phrase the statement or question the way the original speaker did; instead, certain grammatical categories are changed. In addition, indirect speech is not enclosed in quotation marks. Person is changed when the person speaking and the person quoting the speech are different. In English, tense is changed.
Welcome to the part of the site dedicated to worksheets on reported speech. There are many creative ways to practice this with your students and some of the 161 available reported speech activities might be perfect for your classes. This writing worksheet has students work in pairs to complete a funny story. You can have students focus more on the topic by having them underline the sections of reported speech once they have completed the story. For an additional activity ask students what they would say in response to Lucy if they were Pete. For students of a different age range or level, think about using another activity to fit your students’ needs and interests.
Reported speech is an intermediate and advanced topic. Addressing this in lower level classes will limit what you can discuss and what the students will gain from talking about reported speech. Once students understand the basic principles of reported speech, ask them to pick out reported speech in an article and then talk about the different examples. When talking about giving suggestions or advice, include a review of reported speech because many people, when presenting their problems, will refer to something another person said. For example He said that if I didn’t get the money together by Friday, I would never see her again. Or My mom said I should ~. What do you think? This is a perfect chance to review reported speech while introducing new words and phrases. Make sure that students focus on the new material during the practice exercises though because you do not want to distract them from the target of the lesson.