By the end of this Webinar, you will be able to:
Define Reader’s Theater
List several reasons to use Reader’s Theater
Explain how to use Reader’s Theater
Describe how Reader’s Theater increases reading and oral fluency
What is Reader’s Theater?
Teacher selects a story for students to tell.
Students practice and speak the dialog in the story.
Students choose sound effects, props, and staging (where to stand).
• Fits proficiency level of students
• Not too long (no more than 5-10minutes, depending on age/level of students)
Examples of Reader’s Theater
• Thematic, based on time of year:
• Save the Turkey!
• A Charlie Brown Christmas
• Christmas around the World
• It’s One of Those Crazy Holidays
• A Baker’s Dozen
Why Use Reader’s Theater
• Students have fun with English
• Builds self-esteem and confidence
• Improves reading and pronunciation skills
• Universal themes easily
understood, regardless of culture
Why Use Reader’s Theater
• Students use their imagination to portray their
character (old, happy, silly, crazy, sad, serious)
• OK to use scripts—no need to memorize
• Team effort—students support each other
• Bottom line: IT’S REALLY FUN!
• Assign roles before first reading.
• Go through text together.
• Work on pronunciation, pausing, intonation and
• Perform for an audience.
• Select an authentic text.
• Divide text into number of parts for which you have
• OR Choose from a ready-made Reader’s Theater script.
• Script should be engaging for your students.
• Slightly more advanced than your students’ reading level
Adapted from Taylor de Caballero, 2012
Reader’s Theater: Final Thoughts
• Reader’s theaters can be used with any age group and proficiency
Choosing the right story is key (teacher’s role)
Reduces anxiety for more timid students
Students use their imaginations to bring stories to life
Students improve both reading and pronunciation skills
“Students. . . recognize the words and their meaning and the meaning
of a story.” (Hines, 2005)
• Hins, M. (2005). Story theater. English Teaching Forum,43(1), 24-29. Retrieved from
• Shepard, Aaron. http://www.aaronshep.com/
• Swink, E. (no date). One of those crazy holidays. Retrieved from
http://skitguys.com/previews/scripts_pdf/One of Those Crazy Holidays-Sample.pdf
• Taylor de Caballero, K. (2012). Introduction to readers theater for efl classrooms [Web]. Retrieved
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