ERIC Number: ED191321
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Teaching the Total Language with Readers Theatre.
Goodman, Jess A., Jr.
Reading, writing, speech assignments for special education classes, English as a second language and many other classroom projects can be taught through the involvement created by Readers Theatre. Readers Theatre is the presentation of dialogue-type material in play form. The actors hold the script as they move through it and a narrator's voice fills in the details as in a book. The technique is useful for all levels of students needing refined skills in the written, spoken, and non-verbal aspects of a second language. It makes use of the students' enthusiasm for the production and presentation of a script, while circumventing the loss of motivation caused by repetitious drills and deskwork. It encourages the student to write well-organized pieces and to learn new vocabulary and word usage in a meaningful context. Warm-up instructions and examples of illustrations for use with class discussions, storytelling, and scriptmaking are included. (Author/AMH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Adapted from the 1978 CATESOL workshop of the same name.