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Participants opting for additional mentoring for the Certificate of Distinction will receive 1-1 career mentoring from Susan via skype or similar (for teachers who are serious about setting up a Drama curriculum in their schools). The number of slots available for this level will be limited to 10.


In addition to the above requirements, participants working toward a Certificate of Accomplishment will be expected to submit a complete lesson plan for a 90 minute English through Drama lesson using a template provided during the course. It should show how the activities conform to the SPICE of ELT and are designed to enhance the existing curriculum.


Participants working toward a Certificate of Completion will be expected to spend about 20 hours on class work. This includes attending all four live sessions (live or through recordings), participating in class forum discussions and completing assigned tasks.


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iTDi Advanced Course

Drama in the ELT Classroom: From "I can't" to "I CAN!" with Susan Hillyard

Get iTDi certified in drama in the ELT classroom this March with Susan Hillyard.

If you are a teacher, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you have some challenging students in some of your English language classes?
  • Do you get frustrated with current methodology?
  • Do you want to reach these students and engage them?
  • Do you support inclusion?
  • Do you want to change the refrain from "I can't" to "I can?"

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this course is for you! You do not need to have any acting skills in order to participate, or benefit, from this course.

Live online sessions will be held in the iTDi virtual classroom on Sundays in March.

Live sessions (registered participants only)

  • March   5th – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • March 12th – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • March 19th – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • March 26th – course participants only (60 minutes)

Time: 12:00 - 13:00 GMT

Certificate of Distinction

US $159 - Course Recordings, PPTs, Private Learning Community, Instructor Evaluation, and Private Mentoring

Certificate of Accomplishment

US $99 - Course Recordings, PPTs, Private Learning Community, Instructor Evaluation

Certificate of Completion

US $69 - Course, Recordings, PPTs, Private Learning Community

Questions? Contact support@itdi.pro

If you are unable to join the class without scholarship support from iTDi, please apply using the form here

Over the four weeks you will learn how to distinguish between doing Drama and doing Theatre with your students so that Drama is considered an essential element for all in the regular English language classrooms. You will learn how to keep the text but change the task so that learning English becomes much more effective and fun for youe students. You will find that through doing Drama your "discipline" problems will dissipate and you will be able to motivate your students to want to learn and use the language, especially to communicate with confidence. You will find out how to train your students to use body language and to control their voices to express themselves more fluently and comfortably. Students’ well being is an integral component in Drama work and leads to better relationships for all in a safe environment where respect for effort and participation is top priority.

Week 1: Drama as Education and for ELT
We will study Dorothy Heathcote's pioneering work in Drama as a Learning Medium and see how her methodology can be adapted to ELT. We will study the SPICE of Drama in ELT and see how an holistic approach to teaching any language can be much more effective than traditional methods. We will consider how roles in the Drama class must change and how Teachers need to adapt their classroom management techniques to accommodate a more learner centred classroom.

Week 2: The Speaking Body in the Empty Space
We will borrow from Stagecraft and find out how important it is to prepare the Students for language work and how warming up is essential if we are to expect participation and inclusion for all. We will practise good breathing, brain gym, body and mime activities moving on to voice control and pronunciation activities.

Week 3: Language Games for Concentration and Fluency
We develop the work from last week to move on to more advanced work through practising simple language games for concentration and relaxation focussing on well being. Games for vocabulary consolidation, working with tenses and expressing grammar structures will be experienced. More demanding fluency games will be introduced for those Students who are becoming more competent.

Week 4 Improvisation and Role Play
We will put everything together this week and see how Students can move into storydrama, improvisation and role plays based on comprehension exercises presented in course books or in readers and literature being studied in the curriculum. For more advanced Students we will look briefly at how Drama can be used to teach Global Issues. Drama will be summarised and participants will be expected to know how to use the activities to teach English in a more dramatic way.

Susan Hillyard

Now based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Susan has work experience in seventeen countries as a teacher, Head of Department, Director, speaker, workshop facilitator, consultant, researcher, Professor, materials writer, webinar presenter and on-line tutor. She was a Professor at two training colleges in Buenos Aires. She has 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 as diction teacher and as an adviser. Former Coordinator, English in Action, in Special Education, Ministry of Education, City of Bs As, Argentina, training 20 teachers, through blended learning courses, to teach English through Drama in Special Education.

Blogspot: http://susanhillyard.blogspot.com.ar/
Academia: https://unisabana.academia.edu/SusanHillyard
SHELTA: https://www.facebook.com/susanshelta/