Continuing and Innovative Education: Continuing & Innovative Education presents Informal Classes
Continuing and Innovative Education presents Informal Classes The University of Texas at Austin
MaryAnn Finegan Instructor:
MaryAnn Finegan

Reader’s Theater for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

We are going to take a FUN approach to reading by performing Readers Theater! It requires no sets, costumes, props, or memorized lines. The student’s goal is to read a script aloud and effectively so the audience can visualize the action. Performers (students) bring the text alive by using voice, facial expressions, and gestures. Readers Theater helps to:  develop fluency through repeated exposure to text, increase comprehension, engage students, increase reading motivation, create confidence and improve self-image of students, provide a real reason for reading, and provides an opportunity for cooperative learning, AND IT’S FUN! Sign up Now! Material covered in this course will be different from that covered in previous courses.

For each class, students may be dropped off at 6:30 p.m. by the UT Littlefield Café to socialize for 30 minutes with each other and volunteer students from UT. Students will then participate in an interactive discussion about the topic for the day in the Biomedical Engineering (BME) building across from the Littlefield Café.  Here they can follow along with handouts of class slides and bring in their homework to discuss with their peers. Lastly, students will complete simple but fun projects. Families can pick up their student by the café at 8:30 p.m. Occasional student absences are acceptable due to summer vacations.


All handouts, homework and supplies are provided in the cost of tuition. This course is aimed at promoting life-long learning of mature college-appropriate topics for adults with any intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) while providing an opportunity to connect socially with adult peers with and without IDD on the center of the University of Texas campus. Students must be able to sit for 20 minutes at a time. Enrollment requires participation in a pre-course orientation meeting for student and family member. Please contact Jon Pierce-Shimomura at (512) 232-4137, for details on registration and orientation. Students must be age 18 or older.

Class #: IC15829