Raise the curtain ? Falstaff:Possible applications of theatre educational methods in teaching ItalianAbstractMelanie ScherrThe aim of this diploma thesis is to emphasize the pedagogical and didactic value of theatre education in teaching Italian. It is based on video records that were made during a workshop dealing with the opera Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi that I conducted and created myself. Furthermore, this paper draws on the findings of a questionnaire that was given to a considerable number of students. The theoretical part of this paper deals with basic principles of theatre and aesthetic education. Additionally, it will focus on communicative language teaching and learner autonomy. The empirical part provides information on both, the author and the opera Falstaff. Subsequently, the workshop?s structure and succession will be explained in detail. Overall, my data leads me to conclude that theatre education can improve oral communication skills and social competence to a considerable extent. Furthermore, it verifies the hypothesis that theatre training contributes to a broader mindset among the pupils towards language aesthetics. To conclude, the main findings of my investigations will be summarized. Since the workshop was designed for actual language teaching, it contains annotations and instructions in Italian. Further materials that were used during the workshop are attached in the appendix.