Utilizing Readers' Theatre and Role-Play to Engage Young English Language Learners

Authors

  • Karen Kristensen University of West Georgia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.52242/gatesol.130

Abstract

Students whose primary native language differs from the language taught in their school require specialized instruction and creative teaching strategies. Readers’ theatre is an evidence-based practice that builds language skills in English language learners. This technique was used in a diverse kindergarten classroom to increase oral fluency and vocabulary. Social and literacy skills were also targeted. This paper examines the benefits of using role-play and specifically readers’ theatre as an approach to teaching English language learners.

Keywords
language learners, readers’ theatre, role-play, fluency, vocabulary, social skills, literacy skills

Author Biography

Karen Kristensen, University of West Georgia

Karen M. Kristensen, Graduate Student in Special Education, Department of Literacy and Special Education, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA; email [email protected].

Readers Theatre and Role-Play (Kristensen, 2022)

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Published

04/18/2022

How to Cite

Kristensen, K. (2022). Utilizing Readers’ Theatre and Role-Play to Engage Young English Language Learners. GATESOL Journal, 32(1), 71–75. https://doi.org/10.52242/gatesol.130

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Section

Teaching Techniques