Who Said That?

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 Description

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

  • To discuss the topic of public speaking and the related qualities

  • To learn and practice the use of "reported speech"

  • To develop speaking and listening skills

  • To practice vocabulary relating to the topic


“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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