The purpose of this research was to reveal various characteristics of indirect quotative constructions which were used in Korean language education textbooks in the aspect of language use. In order to accomplish this research purpose, it was examined how indirect quotative constructions were suggested as target grammatical items and how they were used in dialogues and texts in the textbooks.
Data sources were from five series of Korean textbooks which are widely used in famous Korean language education institutes. The findings of data analysis showed that indirect quotative constructions were suggested as target grammatical items in upper beginner level or lower intermediate level of Korean textbooks. The explanations were focusing on meaning of speech report and ending forms of the quote. The situations which indirect quotative constructions were used for or their usages were not explained. The examples, practices, and activities were mostly based on situation where speech of the 3rd party was stated. In the dialogues and texts of Korean textbooks, indirect quotative constructions were mostly used in foregrounding speech contents. Those used for foregrounding speech act were rare, and those used for expressing attitude of speaker along with speech report were not found. Lastly, implications for the textbook adjustment were also discussed.