Aexalevi Convention 2016 - Speakers

Susan and Sarah Hillyard

Finding your Creative Self… From Personal Anecdote to Professional Storytelling 

In this PIPP we will encourage you as teachers and learners to tap into your true creative selves and find out what you can do with your “Speaking Body in the Empty Space”, your greatest resource in the English language classroom. We live in a storytelling world but, as teachers, we are rarely taught how to write and tell stories to our classes, be they Young Learners, Teens or Adults. Everybody loves a good story…… so we will tell you some of our own, perform some others and show you how to translate your personal anecdotes into professionally told stories with intriguing content to grab the hearts and minds of your listeners. The value of stories for learning language will be emphasised. We will do a little theory and lots of activities so you can teach your Students to have a voice to tell their own stories and wow their audiences!


Susan Hillyard
has a B.Ed.(Hons) degree from Warwick University in UK. She has played  many roles in 17 countries during her long career: Teacher, Head of Dept, Teacher Trainer, Conference Speaker, Workshop Facilitator, Materials Writer, Author, Researcher, On-line tutor and Webinar Presenter. She is former Coordinator of English in Action, training twenty teachers to teach English through Drama in Special Education, through blended learning. Presently she is founder and Director of SHELTA, Susan Hillyard’s English Language Teachers’ Academy. Her interests lie in Inclusion, Drama for ELT, Global Issues, World Englishes, Teacher Development and Trainer Training.

Sarah Hillyard graduated as “Profesora de inglés” from Asociación Argentinade Cultura Inglesa and Profesorado Daguerre and holds a Masters Degree in Teaching English to Young Learners from the University of York, U.K. Shehas taught English in Kindergarten and is currently the KindergartenCoordinator at Florence Nightingale School. She has also taught at Secondary level and has been tutor of "Children's Literature" at Instituto Nacional Superior del Profesorado Técnico, Universidad Tecnológica Nacional. She spent two years travelling as an actress with "The Performers" (TIE). She now develops workshops and has published articles focusing on teaching English to very young learners.