Who Said That?

Theresa - author of the lesson   Theresa I September 21, 2022
General English, Speaking Lessons
Politics, Public Speaking
B1 Intermediate
Reported Speech
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Students engaged in an ESL lesson about public speaking, exploring the qualities of effective speakers and practicing reported speech.

Lesson Overview

Has the cat got your tongue? In this lesson, students will discuss public speaking and the qualities that make someone a good speaker. This lesson features a video of a funny job interview with Donald Trump before he became president of the United States. Students will learn and practice "reported speech" and vocabulary relating to this topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • Grammar: Students will learn and practice "reported speech," focusing on how to correctly transform direct speech into reported speech. They'll cover the changes in pronouns, tense, and time/place expressions that occur when statements, questions, and commands are reported.

  • Listening: Through a video featuring a mock job interview with Donald Trump, students will hone their listening skills by identifying the questions asked and Trump's responses. They will listen for specific phrases and concepts to later use in practice exercises involving reported speech.

  • Speaking: Students will engage in discussions around public speaking, personal experiences with giving speeches or presentations, and opinions on the qualities that make a good speaker. They will also express thoughts on the content of the video, using reported speech to relay information and opinions discussed in the video.

  • Vocabulary: Vocabulary development will center on terms related to public speaking, political campaigns, and job interviews. This includes phrases used in the context of providing and asking for advice, describing personal strengths and weaknesses, and discussing job-related aspirations and qualifications.

  • Homework: Homework assignments will reinforce the use of reported speech through a variety of exercises. Students will transform sentences from direct to reported speech, correct mistakes in reported speech statements, and respond to questions about personal views on topics using reported speech. Activities will also include vocabulary exercises related to the themes discussed in class.


“Make America great again.” Have you ever wondered what Donald Trump would say in a job interview? Watch this video of Jimmy Fallon interviewing Donald Trump before he became President of the United States.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

mock [adjective]: not authentic or real, especially in relation to imitation
liberals [noun]: a member or supporter of a liberal political party
extraordinary [adjective]: very unusual or remarkable
unify [verb]: to make or become united, uniform, or whole
take advantage of [idiomatic phrase]: to make unfair demands on (someone) who cannot or will not resist; to exploit or make unfair use of for one's own benefit
relocate [verb]: to move to a new place and establish one's home or business there
spokesperson [noun]: a person who speaks as the representative of another or others often in a professional capacity
toupee [noun]: a small wig or artificial hairpiece worn to cover a bald spot
alibi [noun]: a claim or piece of evidence that one was elsewhere when an act, typically a criminal one, is alleged to have taken place
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