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ESL Reported Speech Speaking Activity: Gossip

esl reported speech activity gossip

This is a fun ESL/EFL reported speech speaking activity which I like to throw in when the students start to feel tired and bored by the theory and dull practice exercises.

It is a great activity to energize them while practising reported speech in the most natural way – gossiping. Not prep and a lot of fun.

Let’s gossip!

  1. Ask students if they like to gossip. Most of them do.
  2. Ask them to tell you some of the latest gossips they’ve heard. They’ll get excited, so keep it short.
  3. Explain that they are going to play a game of gossip. Tell them to prepare a gossip (it’s best not to use real gossip as someone might get offended). It can be about celebrities, friends, classmates, teachers(that’s one of the favourites).
  4. Give each student a copy of the worksheet and explain that they will talk to each other and gossip. Every time they hear a new gossip they write down the name of the person who told them and the gossip itself.
  5. Allow them to gossip for 10-15 minutes, depending on the class size.
  6. When they get back to their seats, tell them to report the gossips they’ve heard into the reported gossip column.
  7. When they are ready, ask them to report the gossips they’ve heard.
  8. Be prepared to hear some shocking news!

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