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Teaching English Through Drama


Start date: 27th May 2023
Finish date: 7th July 2023

Is it for me?


Do you feel you'd like a big transformation after Covid?
Do you ever feel you’d like to change the dynamics of your English language classes?
Do you have some challenging students in some of your classes?
Do you get frustrated with current methodology?
Do you want to engage ALL your students?
Do you want to solve your discipline problems?
Do you want to help those who lack motivation?
Do you support inclusion?
Do you want to ENJOY your job and avoid teacher burnout?

If you answered yes to any of these questions this course may well be for you!

And you DON'T have to have had any previous Drama or Theatre experience.

This course is NOT for Drama teachers. It is NOT for learning how to do the school concert. (Although it will certainly help!)
It IS for English Language teachers who feel they are beginners at using Drama to teach language.

There are plenty of courses on the market, some for free……but there’s not another one like this that shows you HOW to change and offers you the theory to explain to authorities and parents why you are doing so. There's not another one whose facilitator is a trained Educational Drama teacher from Warwick University in UK and who has 50 years experience in 17 countries teaching English through Drama or training teachers in the discipline.



Venue: Google Classroom, ZOOM, Padlet
The course is intended for in-service teachers and teacher trainees of Young Learners (3-18 and older) who wish to innovate in their classrooms to make their classes more dynamic and effective. Both you and your students will benefit from this course from learning good breathing for well-being, how to manage an active and interactive classroom, games for pronunciation, relaxation, concentration and fluency.
It is the why, the what and the HOW of becoming a more creative and motivating teacher and having fun while teaching and learning. Participants will be expected to participate actively on-line and do some substantial reading and researching. There will be a synchronous meeting on the following Saturdays which will take the form of a LIVE ZOOM webinar with chat and participation in break out rooms:

May 27th,

June 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th

July 1st

To join the course you need to purchase the book which accompanies the course. See image above.
*In Argentina:

The Book Depository:

Helbling paperback:
Helbling E-book:

Learning Objectives

1. To introduce in-service teachers/ teacher trainees to the benefits of teaching using Drama
2. To view Drama as Education, as a learning medium and a tool for ELT
3. To define the term Drama as NOT theatre
4. To equip teachers of all age groups, levels and abilities with a tool kit of strategies to use in the classroom
5. To present a new dynamic and motivating creative approach for both teacher and student

The Learning Journey

1. Drama as Education: Dorothy Heathcote's legacy
2. Breathing, Body and Mime activities
3. Voice and Pronunciation activities
4. Concentration exercises
5. Fluency activities
6. Classroom Management tips for introducing Drama to large classes
7. Wrapping up


All the sessions will include:
1. instructional input of theory with PPTs, videos, and readings from on-line sources with an extensive bibliography for further reading all saved in the Google Classroom which will remain open
2. reflection and discussions on Padlet and Zoom
3. learning to implement techniques and activities and practising them in Breakout rooms
4. lots of activity especially in the webinars



There will be a Certificate of Completion awarded to Participants who participate in all 6 weeks. The readings, videos and guided study assignments are optio9nal and not graded. But do understand that you get out of it as much as you put in!

Facilitator: Susan Hillyard

Biodata: Susan Hillyard, B.Ed.(Hons) Warwick University U.K.
Susan is a trained Educational Dramatist who has work experience in seventeen countries as a teacher, Head of Department, Director, speaker, webinar presenter, workshop facilitator, consultant, researcher, Professor and on-line tutor. She was Prof. Language IV in Lenguas Vivas and UTN Teacher Training Colleges, Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has published English through Drama with Helbling, UK, co-authored a Resource Book for Teachers Global Issues for OUP and also TDI-TKT On-line Course for Pearson, New York. She has been involved with two Theatre in Education troupes, based in Buenos Aires, as diction teacher and as an adviser. Former Coordinator, English in Action, Ministry of Education, City of Buenos Aires, Argentina, training 20 teachers through blended learning courses to teach English through Drama in Special Education. Founder and Director of SHELTA, Susan Hillyard’s English Language Teachers’ Academy.


Enrolment and payment of 1st instalment closes on 19th May 2023.

To request more information:

Contact me:


+ 54 11 4541-3010/+54911 65593010


You can also request more information with this form:

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