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2017 Speech and Drama Adjudicators

Dr Paul March face fesb frsa


Paul has had wide experience as a teacher, adjudicator and examiner of speech & drama. He has been active in syllabus design in speech & drama and also in adjudicating and examining in a variety of city and country centres in the eastern states of Australia and New Zealand. He is an examiner and secretary for the Australian Speech Communication Association.

He began his teaching career in primary education before moving into the tertiary field, lecturing in language arts, child drama and communication courses.  He has been an Adjunct Professor in language arts in the USA. He is currently an Education Consultant, an Associate of the International Research Centre for Youth Futures, UTS and Past President of the Hills/Parramatta Region for the Australian College of Educators. Paul's post-doctoral research interests and publications include the semiotics of writing for children. His latest co-authored publication, Literacy: Reading, Writing and Children's Literature, OUP, 5th ed., has been a best seller. 

He has been very active in organising professional development seminars and conferences in the teaching of English and speech communication and has presented research papers at many national and overseas conferences.


Paul is active in eisteddfod adjudication with some of his most recent adjudications being at Bathurst, Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga, Ryde, St George-Sutherland and Castle Hill.

Barbara John

Barbara John is an international voice and speech educator. She has worked in the area of voice improvement, communication skills and public speaking for the past 20 years. She has presented corporate training programs within Australia and overseas and her work has taken her to China, Hong Kong, South Africa, Singapore and India. She adjudicates at centres around Australia and has been on the panel of adjudicators at the Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival for the past three years.


Barbara holds a post graduate degree in English from the University of Melbourne and a Fellowship in the teaching of Speech and Drama from Trinity College, London. She holds a Licentiate diploma in the teaching of English as a Second Language from Trinity College.


Barbara is on the panel of Drama and Speech examiners for Trinity College and is a member of the National Speakers Association of Victoria.

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