About Jodie

“There are very few educators who can bring drama and language learning to meet the needs of diverse institutional contexts. Jodie not only meets these needs professionally but my students/teachers have so much fun, it’s crazy! By the end of her lesson, all of our inhibitions are unleashed.” Dr Julie Choi, Language Teacher Educator, Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

 

Jodie Whitehurst is an English Language teacher and Drama in Education specialist based in Melbourne, Australia, who has been teaching learners of all ages for over 20 years. She began her career as a secondary school teacher, working at a number of schools in Melbourne and the UK, teaching English, Drama and Theatre Studies (from Year 7 to 12)  as well as directing numerous school plays and musicals. Jodie has also run after-school drama classes and directed plays for primary and secondary students through The Victorian Youth Theatre. Currently, in addition to facilitating professional learning for language teachers, Jodie teaches English as well as ‘Drama for Language and Life Skills’ to adults in both the ACE (Adult Community Education) and ELICOS (English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students)  sectors. She takes great delight in bringing her lessons to life through performative (drama and music-based) methods and her mission is to make this dynamic approach accessible to all interested teachers of EAL and LOTE (Languages Other Than English).

 

Jodie

  • has completed a Master of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).
  • has completed a Bachelor of Education (Language, Literature and Drama)
  • was selected as a finalist for the 2021 Victorian Learn Local Pre-accredited Trainer Award.
  • was awarded an International Specialised Skills Institute Fellowship, through which she travelled to Europe and Canada to research the benefits and best practice of using drama techniques in the EAL classroom
  • has presented at conferences locally and internationally.
  • has presented as a guest lecturer at The University of Melbourne and workshop facilitator at La Trobe University and Deakin University.
  • has facilitated professional learning workshops through organisations and peak bodies such as VicTESOL, VALBEC and ACEVic.
  • has published her findings in VALBEC’s Fine Print journal and an ISSI Fellowship report (see Publications tab).
  • has been commissioned to write and perform songs for numerous events including Hobsons Bay City Council’s 2022 Harmony Day event.
  • was a finalist in the Darebin Songwriters’ Award.
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