Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Who's Susan Hillyard (CV)

  • Susan Hillyard

    Susan has a B.Ed. Hons (like a BA but in Education) from the University of Warwick, UK. Even though she is British she is currently living in Buenos Aires.

Key Areas of Expertise:

  • professional experience in education and ELT in fourteen countries;
  • materials development for teaching and training;
  • writer and moderator on two on-line courses for teachers, with two more in preparation
  • Associate Trainer for NILE, UK
  • accredited examiner for course work and oral examiner for English Language for Cambridge IGCSE (CIE)
  • managing the secondary section in two international and three bilingual schools;
  • writing for the RBT series for Oxford UP (UK) “ Global Issues”
  • writing articles for teacher magazines;
  • developing leadership skills and global understanding;
  • inspiring teachers towards Lifelong Learning;
  • speaker at national and international conferences/seminars;
  • educational adviser to The Performers Educational Theatre

    Countries of Work Experience:
    UK, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile, Brazil, China, Peru, USA, Mexico, Colombia

For a full CV go to the British Council website.


Stand and Deliver

Speaker: Susan Hillyard B.Ed.(Hons)

Stand and Deliver: Using Drama Techniques to improve the Teacher’s and the Students’ Productive Skills in large mixed ability classes.

Without doubt much of what goes on in schools all around the world goes on through the spoken and the listened to word. Theatre and Drama relies on just those media with the addition of learned and practiced techniques to make the speaking and the listening more effective. In this workshop we will look at how stagecraft can offer a number of useful techniques to improve both the teacher’s and the students’ presentation skills. Into the bargain we will see how classroom management skills and students’ responses can move towards more meaningful exchanges. There will be lots of practical work and an element of microteaching for the teachers to experience and practice the skills for successful active learning.


Morning session 1
1) Warmers
2) Sharing concerns in discussion groups
a) Layers of the Onion
b) Inclusive brainstorming
c) Rainbow grouping
3) Short powerpoint presentation on Interactive Teaching and Learning: Stressing confidence first, fluency second and accuracy third.
4) Experiential activities covering the essential components of the oral skill
a) Pronunciation
b) Voice control and breathing techniques
c) Body language
d) Use of visual aids , cue cards and equipment

Morning Session 2
5) Sharing concerns about classroom management in active learning classrooms
6) Techniques for teachers
a) Getting and maintaining silence
b) Giving instructions and explaining activities X 3
c) Arranging classroom furniture
d) Grouping
e) Preparing essential materials
f) Teaching concentration and listening skills

Afternoon Session 1
1) Games
2) Role play
3) Speaking activities
4) Readers’ Theatre

Afternoon Session 2
1) Rehearsing for microteaching in pairs
2) Presenting microteaching: Each teacher must conduct one short game ,role play or speaking activity with the audience
3) Round up with discussion and a final closing activity.

For teachers self improvement

Viney P. and K., Handshake, A Course in Communication, O.U.P.
Comfort J., Effective Telephoning, O.U.P.
Effective Presentations, O.U.P.
Effective Meetings, O.U.P. ( with Video)
Pietro R.J., Strategic Interaction, C.U.P.
Dufeu B., Teaching Myself, O.U.P.
Pedlar M. Burgoyne J. and Boydell T.,
A Manager's Guide to Self Development, Mc Graw Hill
Jarvis P. Paradoxes of Learning, Josey Bass, S. F.
Jarvis P., Adult and Continuing Education, Josey Bass.SF
Bowman DP, Presentations, Adams 1998, Massachusetts
Hughes D and Philips B, The oxford Guide to Successful Public Speaking, Virgin, 1988 London.

For practical teaching ideas

Maley,A and Duff A: Drama Techniques in Language Learning (Cambridge University Press)
Games for language Learning (CUP)
McGregor, L., Tate and Robinson K: Learning Through Drama (Heinemann)
Mc Gregor, L: Developments in Drama Teaching (Open Books, London)
Holden, S: Drama in Language Teaching (Longman)
Morgan N. And Saxton,J: Teaching Drama, a mind of many wonders (Stanley Thornes)
Smith, S: Theatre Arts and the Teaching of Second Languages (Addison – Wesley)
Wessels C, Drama OUP

Stand and Deliver - Susan Hillyard

What is "Stand and Deliver"?

Stand and Deliver is an 8-hour workshop developed for teachers of English in Chile by Susan Hillyard, who has a vast experience working and motivating teachers of English. The workshop will tour around Chile.
The workshop will teach our teachers of English to use drama techniques to improve the Teacher's and the Students' Productive Skills in large ability classes.
This workshop has been organised by the
British Council and Inglés Abre Puertas (Ministry of Education)

What is this blog for?

The idea is that teachers participating in this workshop will share their experiences during and after the workshop. If you want to be part of it and be a blogger, please contact gabriela.silva@britishcouncil.cl

When and Where will the workshops take place?

Monday 5 November 2007: Melipilla
Wednesday 7 November 2007: Antofagasta
Friday 9 November 2007: Puerto Varas

Who will participate?

This is a joint event between the British Council and Inglés Abre Puertas (IAP)IAP will invite teachers working in municipal and subsidised schools in the areas where the workshops take place. If you want to participate and you're not sure if you can, please contact mariapaz.gatica@mineduc.cl