Reported Speech Practice And Theory

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Reported Speech Practice And Theory

  1. 1. Reported Speech Practice and theory Idea from Teaching Grammar Creatively, CUP, adapted by Àngels Catà
  2. 2. <ul><li>Unjumble this dialogue. </li></ul><ul><li>A. (she) I’m too busy to talk </li></ul><ul><li>B. (she) You don’t talk, you whine! </li></ul><ul><li>C. (she) Pere was talking to me. </li></ul><ul><li>D. (she) No, I’m not. Why? </li></ul><ul><li>E. (he) I’m also talknig to you! </li></ul><ul><li>F. (he)You won’t talk to me. </li></ul><ul><li>G. (he)You don’t seem to be too busy to talk to Pere. </li></ul><ul><li>H. (he) Are you mad at me? </li></ul>
  3. 3. 2. Check the task. <ul><li>1-H Are you mad at me? </li></ul><ul><li>2-D No, I’m not. Why? </li></ul><ul><li>3-F You won’t talk to me. </li></ul><ul><li>4-A I’m too busy to talk. </li></ul><ul><li>5-G You don’t seem to be too busy to talk to Pere. </li></ul><ul><li>6-C Pere was talking to me. </li></ul><ul><li>7-E I’m also talking to you! </li></ul><ul><li>8-B You don’t talk, you whine! </li></ul>
  4. 4. 3.Complete the reported dialogue <ul><li>He asked her if… </li></ul><ul><li>She said that… </li></ul><ul><li>… and… </li></ul><ul><li>He complained that… </li></ul><ul><li>She replied that… </li></ul><ul><li>He pointed out that… </li></ul><ul><li>She explained that… </li></ul><ul><li>He reminded her that… </li></ul><ul><li>Cruelly, she told him that… </li></ul>
  5. 5. 3. Reported dialogue: <ul><li>He asked her if she was mad at him. </li></ul><ul><li>She said that she wasn’t and asked him why. </li></ul><ul><li>He complained that she wouldn’t talk to him. </li></ul><ul><li>She replied that she was too busy to talk. </li></ul><ul><li>He pointed out that she didn’t seem to be too busy to talk to Pere. </li></ul><ul><li>She explained that Pere was talking to her. </li></ul><ul><li>He reminded her that he was also talking to her. </li></ul><ul><li>Cruelly, she told him that he didn’t talk he whined. </li></ul>
  6. 6. 4. Theory: three principles of reporting speech. <ul><li>1. tense “backshift”: are: was </li></ul><ul><li>2. pronoun shift: you: she; me: him </li></ul><ul><li>3. lack of inversion in questions: are you mad: if she was mad </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. 5. More practice: <ul><li>1.In pairs: Write a similar dialogue of a couple having an argument. Exchange dialogues with another group and transpose into reported speech. </li></ul><ul><li>2.In groups of 3: 2 students have a short conversation. Student 3 (listener) reports breifly to the class (or to the teacher) on the conversation. </li></ul>

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