About Us

More so now than ever, effective and purposeful communication is essential. We need to look up from our phones and stand out from the crowd. Be comfortable conversing and networking with others and feel confident with public speaking. 

Speech and Communication Tuition was established in 2005 by Ms Hannah Jones, who is still the Head Teacher and Director. Since inception, classes have supported hundreds of Brisbane school students to discover their voice, build confidence and overall empower them to reach their full potential at school and beyond. 

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Students have been able to complete their CVCA AMEB Certificates, a professional qualification that they will have for life, participate in competitions such as the United Nations Voice of Youth Public Speaking competition as well as other events like the Brisbane Eisteddfod. And for many students, achieving their personal goals of confidently presenting an oral in front of their peers.  We've also won a drama competition or two. 

The programme has been structured around ‘real world’ based learning, ensuring that students are equipped with the skills to answer or ask a question with confidence, articulate their thoughts and feelings towards and issue and know how to tackle nerves when they creep up. They can accurately read and understand a page from a newspaper, present a poem with purpose and meaning and whip up an award winning speech, whether it be to create change or simply achieve an A. Students are taught how to hold a script, stand with stage presence, work to a powerpoint or poster and answer a tricky question on the spot unprepared. Skills that will support them for their time at school and beyond. 

Oral communication is so important; especially in our world today, and our focus is to create communication savvy, confident and well-spoken individuals. 

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Your voice is your most powerful asset, and our aim at Speech and Communication is to help students develop this tool, to use it more effectively and with confidence.

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Benefits to Students

The major benefit to students from attending Speech and Communication classes is the discovery of their ‘voice’. Students learn how to use this powerful tool as well as develop essential communication skills that will help them in their future endeavors. Confidence is developed, public speaking fear replaced with excitement, vocal skills refined and overall presentations polished. The program also teaches students how to think on their feet and drive discussion and negotiation skills.

Meet Our Team

Hannah Jones

Hannah Jones is Director and Head Teacher of Brisbane studio Speech and Communication Tuition. Hannah is passionate about the art of communication and elocution, and started Speech and Communication Tuition in 2005 with a mission and vision:

“To provide quality tuition to drive confidence and develop skills in effective communication and powerful presenting.”

Hannah’s love for public speaking began when she was a small child, actively participating in speech and drama classes all the way through her schooling life. She competed in Eisteddfods, performed in productions, was on the debating team, sat exams, and even participated in Japanese public speaking competitions – any opportunity to be up on stage!

After her schooling at Brisbane Girls Grammar School, she then went on to complete a degree in Business and Public Relations (QUT), working as a National Public Relations Manager, where effective and confident communication is essential. Hannah has presented in front of large groups of people, spoken on radio and TV, and represented a number of organisations in the media and at various events. She brings real-world knowledge and corporate experience to her students, as well as a passion for the power of the spoken word.

Hannah has completed courses at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) in Sydney, adjudicated public speaking competitions and eisteddfods, and presents at a number of institutions including QUT. Hannah was also the official adjudicator of the Cairns Eisteddfod in 2016.

Hannah holds a Teaching Diploma from the Australian Speech Communication Association (ASCA), an Associate Diploma in Studio Teaching (Speech) from the International Music Examinations Board, a Certificate in Speech Communication Australia (CSCA) through AMEB Queensland and a Bachelor of Business majoring in Public Relations from QUT. Hannah is also a member of the Communication Speech and Performance Teacher’s Association of Queensland, the Australian Voice Association and the International Voice and Speech Trainers Association.

Favourite poem? Roald Dahl’s Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf.

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Alice Houlahan

Alice began her journey with Speech and Communication originally as a student 12 years ago and after completing her Voice and Communication Certificate through AMEB Queensland in 2015, she then transferred her passion for Speech from behind the desk to in front and is an integral part of our teaching team. Alice also holds an Associate Diploma in Studio Teaching from the International Music Examination Board (Speech and Drama) and is working towards completing her Australian Speech Communication Association Diploma in 2018.

Having recently completed her speech exams, Alice brings an approach that is fresh and relatable, and the benefits to students from her teaching style are immeasurable. Ali has also been studying a double degree in Law and Business (in which she won a scholarship through QUT in 2017) and has recently changed to Journalism and Communication after an experience working on Channel 9’s TODAY show. Ali is passionate about public speaking and her favourite part of the program to help students find their voice and think on their feet.

Maddy Jones

Ms Maddy has been teaching with Speech and Communication since 2012. Her journey and passion for Speech and Drama commenced when she was in primary school, working her way to sit her CVCA Certificate while she was in high school. Maddy’s background is in Human Resources Management, she even worked overseas in the Big Apple of New York City from 2017 - 2019. Maddy brings a wealth of knowledge when it comes to presentation training, interview techniques and building confidence in communication. Ms Maddy takes all our adult clients through Speech and Communication Future Focus.  

Rebecca Mann

Ms Bec joined the Speech and Communication Team in 2020 and has been an incredible role model and outstanding support to our students. Ms Bec is passionate about confident communication built through positive social interaction and public speaking. She enjoys working with children of all ages and their light hearted nature. Ms Bec has a particular interest in verbal communication and articulation. She has a degree in Psychology and is in her final year of Speech Pathology at the University of Queensland. 

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Eliza Allen

Ms Imi joined the team in 2009 and her energy is infectious. Ms Imi is a past Speech and Communication student who graduated with her CVCA (AMEB) in 2018. Ms Imi is currently studying a Bachelor of Nutritional Science with a Masters in Dietetics and is passionate about a holistic approach to feeling empowered. 

Ms Eliza joined the team in 2021 and her experience and background in acting and stage has been a huge asset to our students. Ms Eliza has a professional degree in Drama from QUT and is currently studying her AMEB Drama and Communication Teaching Licentiate. Ms Eliza has been in many feature films and has years of experience with AMEB Exams. 

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