Students in P2 performing ‘Crabs on a Rock‘ in a Readers’ Theatre fashion.
One of the best ways to engage ESL students and teach them to read with comprehension, expression and fluency is through Reader’s Theatre.
Reader’s theatre is a strategy that combines reading practice and performing. Reader’s Theatre gives children a real reason to read aloud, it’s fun!
As you will notice from my videos, it does not require extensive preparation, fancy costumes, props, sets, or memorisation.
This reading style allows children to act out a story as many times so they come to understand all of its nuances. Also, it enables them to get past a superficial literal level.
With Reader’s Theatre, they’re not only reading and fully understanding a story, but most importantly, they’re living it.