Using Reader's Theater to Increase
Reading and Oral Fluency in the
EFL Classroom
Peg Reilly, English Language Fellow
Victo...
Reader’s Theater
OBJECTIVES
By the end of this Webinar, you will be able to:

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Define Reader’s Theater
List several reasons to use ...
What is Reader’s Theater?
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Teacher selects a story for students to tell.
Students practice and speak the dialog in...
Examples of Reader’s Theater
• Thematic, based on time of year:
• Save the Turkey!
• A Charlie Brown Christmas
• Christmas...
Why Use Reader’s Theater
• Students have fun with English
• Builds self-esteem and confidence
• Improves reading and pronu...
Why Use Reader’s Theater
• Students use their imagination to portray their
character (old, happy, silly, crazy, sad, serio...
Procedure
• Assign roles before first reading.
• Go through text together.
• Work on pronunciation, pausing, intonation an...
Selecting Text
• Select an authentic text.
• Divide text into number of parts for which you have
readers.

• OR Choose fro...
Reader’s Theater: Final Thoughts
• Reader’s theaters can be used with any age group and proficiency
level

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•
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Choo...
References
• Hins, M. (2005). Story theater. English Teaching Forum,43(1), 24-29. Retrieved from
http://americanenglish.st...
[RELO] Using Readers Theater in the EFL Classroom
[RELO] Using Readers Theater in the EFL Classroom
[RELO] Using Readers Theater in the EFL Classroom
[RELO] Using Readers Theater in the EFL Classroom
[RELO] Using Readers Theater in the EFL Classroom
[RELO] Using Readers Theater in the EFL Classroom
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  1. 1. Using Reader's Theater to Increase Reading and Oral Fluency in the EFL Classroom Peg Reilly, English Language Fellow Victoria Proaño, College Horizons Teacher Ibarra, Ecuador January 8, 2014
  2. 2. Reader’s Theater
  3. 3. OBJECTIVES 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
  4. 4. 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). Chosen story: • Engaging • Fits proficiency level of students • Not too long (no more than 5-10minutes, depending on age/level of students)
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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!
  8. 8. Procedure • Assign roles before first reading. • Go through text together. • Work on pronunciation, pausing, intonation and emotion. • Perform for an audience.
  9. 9. Selecting Text • Select an authentic text. • Divide text into number of parts for which you have readers. • 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
  10. 10. Reader’s Theater: Final Thoughts • Reader’s theaters can be used with any age group and proficiency level • • • • • 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)
  11. 11. References • Hins, M. (2005). Story theater. English Teaching Forum,43(1), 24-29. Retrieved from http://americanenglish.state.gov/files/ae/resource_files/05-43-1-e.pdf • 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 from http://api.ning.com/files/vn7M8FumlS8GJKAvhkEk*-*xEjGY3mlOPUD4hEuXxwb9X6WbTf1g7L2mjNbnISoxDJQJPU6N0E4ZawHM3LsiNGkJCtu0hO1/Reader sTheater_Taylor.pdf
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