A Classroom Practice for Reader’s Theater: Based on the Story Behind Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree

Jingui CHENG


As a language teaching method, Reader’s Theater has been applied widely and effectively in EFL classrooms. This article gives a brief introduction about the theory of Reader’s Theater and presents a classroom practice which covers the whole process of the activity. The purpose of the practice is to enhance the overall and integrated language ability for the students (with speaking ability in particular), as well as their interest in English learning and the engagement in the classroom. The teacher accumulates some practical experience as how to put the theory into practice. It is hoped that the practice conducted will do some help to other fellow teachers who are trying to apply Reader’s Theater in their own classroom.


Classroom practice; English teaching; Reader’s theater

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/12406


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