The “Multilingual Readers’ Theatre (“Mehrsprachiges Lesetheater zur Förderung von Lesemotivation und Leseflüssigkeit” - MELT) is an Erasmus+ project which was developed between 2014 and 2017 by project partners from Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Luxembourg.
MELT focusses on dramatic texts in different languages of instruction that students read out loud. This way, reading fluency in all languages as well as the reading motivation can be improved.
The project’s website https://melt-multilingual-readers-theatre.eu offers a film that gives insight into specific classroom practices of various schools who used MELT, and also provides some multilingual readers’ scripts suitable to practice the MELT approach.
Of course, teachers and students can create their own readers’ scripts and out MELT into practice.
MELT comprises the following work step which have been adapted for “schouldoheem“:
1) Introduction into the multilingual readers’ theatre (What is it all about?)
2) The teacher reads out the scripts (either live via video chat or as a recording so that the students can listen to it again and again)
3) Reading of the theatre scene and distribution of roles (either live or each one at home by themselves)
4) Working out a summary of the theatre scene (most suitable as group work)
5) Introduction of the scenes and individual roles (so everyone gets an overview)
6) Practicing the reading of roles and mutual feedback (individual work at first, later collaboration within the group)
7) Final rehearsal and feedback (must take place in the group and must be made available to the whole class)
8) Performance (joint audio or video recording)
- Multilingual readers‘ scripts
- Tool for video chats in order to practice the texts together resp. for recording of the final performance.
- Students can also choose texts themselves, translate them together and rewrite them into readers’ scripts.
- It is also possible to use texts which students have written themselves (invented stories, biographical narratives, etc.)
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