As a teacher, you may ask:
“Does it really matter how I organize my examples on the board?”
How you spatially lay out rules, examples, and vocabulary is very important for your students.
Let’s take the example of reported speech.
Well, how often do we really use it?
Actually, very often! Students love to use their English to tell stories and talk about what’s happened to them, so they’ll need to know how to talk about what people have said to them.
- Tell someone what another person said earlier
- Tell stories
- Share information that we heard on the news or in a conversation
- Resolve misunderstandings by reviewing previous conversations
- Explain situations and feelings based on what has been discussed
It comes up nearly every time we tell a story or talk about the past, and it’s also related to many other topics we frequently cover in class. It’s a perfect companion to lessons about:
- The difference between say and tell
- The storytelling tenses (simple past, past progressive, present perfect, past perfect)
- Using perfect tenses (review when we use the past perfect in storytelling)
Think about using role plays, picture descriptions, and reading and discussing stories or articles with your class.
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