Posted: Mon May 28, 2012 3:37 pm
Many students do not like to read aloud in class and their motivation to do so declines quickly. In an ESL class students may also be apprehensive to read aloud because they are not confident in their ability to speak the language. An activity that can work with different levels and keep students engaged is called Reader's Theatre. In stories that have a lot of dialogue students can choose parts to read. Those that may be more advanced readers or more confident using English can take the parts as narrators. It can be as interactive as you like. Students can read the parts from their seats, stand up and act a bit or the room can be rearranged to coincide with the story. While it takes more teacher prep time with having to scan pages and highlight parts, all readers become actively engaged and the more the activity is done, the more comfortable they become with it.