B2 Upper Intermediate ESL / EFL Lesson Plan – Reported Speech – Crime

How to teach Reported (Indirect) Speech In English - B2 Upper Intermediate ESL EFL Lesson plan


This English lesson is for you if:

ESL teachers

  • You work with upper intermediate level (B2) English learners.
  • You follow the CEFR standards of teaching.
  • You would like to introduce a different voice and pronunciation to your students.

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About the lesson:

  • Lesson Goals: At the end of this lesson, students will become familiar with the usage of Reported (Indirect) Speech and will be introduced to the sensitive subject of crime.
  • Focus English Grammar: Reported Speech
  • Target Vocabulary: Crime

Audio sample:



The package includes:

  • ESL/ EFL English lesson for upper intermediate level (B2) (.pdf): 9 pages (including cover page, as well as Credits page)
  • Answer Sheet (.pdf) – 4 pages
  • audio file (.mp3) – female voice


    • Look at the pictures. Who do you think is the criminal? What gives him away? What is his story?

– images of three different animals of which students must identify the potential criminal
(brainstorming target vocabulary.)

Presentation: (pages 2, 3)

  • Listen to the text. Fill in the blanks.

(Listening comprehension exercise. Ronnie’s cousin tells the story of Ronnie, who stole from people, and is now in jail.)

    • Mark the statements T for true and F for False.

    (Standard True and False exercise to check how well details from the previous exercise was understood)

    • Match the words with their definitions.

    (Introduces Focus Vocabulary, and explains the meaning)

Grammar Box (pages 4, 5)

      • Explains Target Grammar – What is Reported Speech, how to form it and when to use it.

Practice:(pages 6, 7)

      • Transform the sentences.

(Grammar practice exercise. Transforming sentences from Direct to Indirect (Reported Speech) following the explanation in Grammar Box)

      • Fill in with the appropriate verb tense.

(Grammar practice exercise. Transforming verbs in brackets to the proper verb tense as per explanation in Grammar Box)

      • Change the sentences to direct speech.

(From Indirect(Reported Speech) to Direct Speech. Target Grammar exercise. )

Production (page 8) – 3 assignments

Credits (page 9)


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