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Level 4: Upper Intermediate >> Conversation Materials/Surveys/Pairwork Activities >> Students move around the class asking each other quite simple questions. Then, students report back what they were asked and by whom. Reported speech practice.

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Reported Speech Survey

Students move around the class asking each other quite simple questions given to them beforehand on flashcards by the teacher. Then, students report back what they were asked and by whom. In the process of this activity, each student will be asked about 10 or 20 questions so it becomes quite an achievement to remember even half of them.

I think it's quite important that all the questions are answered in the correct manner and that the teacher pays some attention to the answers in the feedback afterwards. Otherwise, the whole exercise will seem purely academic to the students. They have answered all the questions asked of them so give their answers the attention they deserve - even if "reported speech" is the target.

Language to elicit:

  • Johann asked me what my name was.
  • Susanna asked me how old I was when I first kissed a girl.
  • Fabio asked me how long I had been learning English.
How old are you? Can you cook Mexican food? What time did you get up today?
How often do you go to the cinema? Do you have any pets? Do you like this country?
Are you going to watch TV tonight? How long have you been learning English? Do you like learning English in this class?
Can you spell "magazine"? What were you doing at 7pm last night? Do you think my hairstyle is nice?
What would you buy if you won the lottery? What is your favourite type of music? How many people are there in your family?
Will it be a nice day tomorrow? Is there a chicken on my head at this moment? Could you sing when you were younger?