He said, she said

He said, she said

Lesson overview

In this ESL grammar lesson, students will learn and review reported speech.



The lesson starts with a paragraph containing examples of reported speech. The student identifies them and explains the use of reported speech in their own words.


Grammar: Reported (or indirect) speech

The use and structure of reported speech are explained for past and present tenses, as well as future and conditional forms. The student revises reported speech for each of the tenses and forms in separate activities. 

They also learn how time expressions change from direct to indirect speech.


Reading: A famous thief

The student reads a paragraph about a famous thief written mostly in reported speech, and does a reading comprehension exercise. New words are extracted from the text for the student to match them with their meanings. 

The student is then given a list of news headlines to sort them in the correct categories (Politics, Crime, Arts and Culture, Economy).


Reading: St Francis Dam Disaster

The student reads about the greatest dam disaster of the 20th century. Next, they fill in the gaps in sentences to check for comprehension.
They also read a passage about why bad news travels fast.

The student matches opposite adjectives used to describe news.


Video: Seth Meyers stand-up

The student watches an excerpt from Seth Meyers’ stand-up Lobby Baby and practices transforming direct speech to indirect speech.



Comments (0)
other similar materials

Any questions?

find out our q & a