WELCOME to the website of the newly-revived Scotland Branch of NATECLA (The National Association of Teaching ESOL and Community Languages to Adults).

We have not had a NATECLA branch in Scotland for a few years and hope to use this one to network and share English Language stories, successes, projects and practice across Scotland.

Ultimately we would like to create a branch that brings English Language practitioners together and we are hoping in the future to start providing workshops, webinars and an annual conference.

As we are ‘newly-revived’ we are looking for people interested in sitting on our Committee to forge and solidify our ideas and plans for the future – so if you think that you have some spare time and are interested in getting involved, please post your details in the CONTACT section. We would love to hear from you, no matter if you can contribute in a big or a small way, every contribution is very much valued.

We are also looking for your stories and pictures to share – what are you up to in class, who has passed exams, what projects have you started…and finished successfully – we would love to hear all your news and share it across Scotland. Please get in touch and we can send an email address to share information.

Looking forward to hearing from you all!

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News from NATECLA HQ

Hi Folks,

Here is some news items taken from the latest NATECLA Monthly Update.

Language Issues and NATECLA News

Many of you will be aware that after some changes to our membership packages earlier in the year, all NATECLA members will now receive two editions of Language Issues each year. These are currently sent as a PDF file and are also available through the Ingenta Connect website. After the summer, NATECLA News will be incorporated into the Monthly Updates and Language Issues. As we do this we hope that you can give us your ideas and input into how to make it useful, interesting and relevant to you. We would also like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Mike Harrison for all his work on NATECLA News over a number of years.


Chairs’ report: Members’ survey

During May we have been studying the results of the survey, which so many of you took time to complete during the Easter break. It has given us valuable information on the profile of our members and we will be working to promote NATECLA to the groups which are under-represented, particularly younger people and those from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. We also note that, while the majority of members are on permanent contracts, a significant proportion are on zero hours and there is still a lot of job insecurity in the sector.

The survey showed that the main benefits of belonging to NATECLA were for CPD, to find out information and to have a voice. From comments received, however, we realise that we need to do more to highlight other benefits, such as the opportunity to attend other organisations’ conferences at member rate, job vacancies and teaching resources. We will be adding three more sections to the teaching resources section this summer, so that, in addition to links to useful websites, you’ll have a collection of tips on classroom management and what to keep in a teacher’s toolbox, as well as FAQs. Many thanks to delegates at the London and Midlands spring conferences who contributed to this.
Finally, we were heartened that over 95% of you support the idea of a strategy for ESOL in England, that a third had passed it to other staff and that many of you are using the teaching and learning resources here to promote it amongst your students and at a local level. Please continue to do this, particularly with your newly elected MPs.

Jenny Roden and James Cupper

National Conference 2017

Full programme details and keynote speakers are on our conference page: NATECLA Conference 2017

  • Friday evening 19:30 – 20:30: Melanie Cooke and James Simpson, both esteemed researchers in the field of ESOL, will base their after-dinner talk on ‘Recognising multilingual realities in ESOL‘. 
  • Saturday morning 09:15 – 10:15: Rachael Roberts, a well-known ELT materials writer, teacher, teacher trainer and blogger will open Saturday morning’s programme with her fascinating talk on ‘The Guilty secrets of the ELT classroom‘.

Bookings are now open on our special conference page and all prices are the same as in 2016 and early booking rates have been extended.
You can
book and pay online via Paypal or request an invoice if your organisation will be paying.
Workshops can be reserved at the time of booking. This year, we have a new look programme with a chance to attend up to six workshops. Full
programme details are available to download and will be amended as more workshops are confirmed.
The 6 sessions are a mixture of 45 minute and one hour workshop sessions.  In short, we are providing more choice and a greater number of CPD opportunities to our delegates. 

Other events and training opportunities 

Teachers’ Conference on the Future of ELT

Saturday 17th June 2017
Registration 9am. Conference 10am – 6pm
Regent’s Park Campus, Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4NS

NATECLA members can still take advantage of the early bird rate of £10 (tickets usually £15) for this one-day conference, to be held at Regent’s University London.

Plenary speakers will include:
Chris Roland: What’s possible in an English class?
Gail Ellis: Helping children become more effective learners
Paul Seligson: Helping students speak
Hugh Dellar: Retooling teaching for tomorrow’s learner

The day will cover four main tracks offering over 16 themed breakout sessions: Teaching Young Learners; EMI & Multilingualism; Best Practice; Teacher Education

RaPAL Annual Conference Global Literacies

UK literacies in a Global Context: https://rapal.org.uk/conference-2017/
Saturday, 24th June 2017
The Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Ln, Liverpool L1 3BT
Attend at members’ rate for NATECLA members

The theme for this year’s RaPAL conference is superdiversity in adult literacies and English. We are putting out a call for conference contributions which address the spectrum of resources and challenges presented by superdiversity in global literacies and in a UK context. Liverpool is a rich source of superdiversity and has indeed been a cosmopolitan city for hundreds of years.



Recruiting for Glasgow ESOL Forum’s Board

Hi Folks,

The Glasgow ESOL Forum is currently recruiting Directors onto their Board.

You can find more information about this here:


They are keen to have some ESOL expertise but are also looking for people from other sectors, with experience in HR, legal, as detailed in the advert.

Please feel free to pass on to anyone you think might be interested in volunteering the time and skills to our organisation.

The closing date has past but they are still interested in hearing from anyone.  Please get in touch if you have any questions (or apply, as per instructions on our site).


Senior CLD Worker Post – Dundee

Hello Everyone,

For info – please see the information below from Dundee CLD contacts:

A part-time fixed term Senior Community Learning and Development Worker post with the Dundee City Council ESOL team was advertised on Friday.  This is in addition to the two CLD Worker posts which were advertised previously.


Please circulate to contacts and colleagues as appropriate.

Many Thanks!

Glasgow ESOL Forum AGM


Glasgow ESOL Forum cordially invite you to our AGM on

Saturday 17th June 2017

All welcome

AGM and election of Board

10am Tea and coffee

 10.15am Business meeting starts

We will be making some small amendments to our governing documents. Information will be circulated prior to the meeting.

 The venue for this year’s AGM is:

Quaker Meeting House

38 Elmbank Crescent


G2 4PS


(there is a map at the bottom)

Please RSVP to rebecca@glasgowesol.org or (0141) 333 1194



NATECLA Annual Conference: 7th – 8th July 2017

Conference news

Keynote speakers

We are delighted to welcome three speakers this year. On the Friday evening Melanie Cooke and James Simpson, both highly regarded researchers in the field of ESOL, will base their after-dinner talk on ‘Recognising multilingual realities in ESOL‘.

On Saturday 8th July, Rachael Roberts, well-known ELT materials writer, teacher, teacher trainer and blogger will open the day’s programme with her fascinating talk on ‘The Guilty secrets of the ELT classroom‘.

Booking and programme details

The new programme means that Friday delegates will be able to attend two workshops, the Teachmeet, plus dinner and our evening keynote speakers – all for just £39 for members! A day ticket on the Saturday is only £75 for members and the full residential conference is £149. If your institution is a NATECLA member then 5 people can attend at member rate.

Workshop highlights

There is a great range of workshops on offer this year – there should be something for everyone, whatever your interests and experience.

We have some excellent-looking workshops on developing your students’ skills across all areas: Judy Kirsh and Charlotte Haenlein will focus on pronunciation and Rachael Roberts on listening (‘Don’t cry for me Aunty Tina: using decoding to navigate listening’). There are also sessions with a practical focus on designing resources (Designing fantastic ESOL resources with Phil Bird), teaching teenagers (with Amy Urry), diagnostic assessments with pre-entry students (Jo Capstick & Ian Nicholls).

A number of workshops consider issues around integration, promoting British values and models of delivery which use volunteers effectively (Michaela Salmon and Nuala Trace). This year we also have a real range of sessions which are closely linked to research. ELT Journal editor, Graham Hall, will look at own language use in the classroom, while Dermot Bryers, Mel Cooke and Becky Winstanley will present findings from the ‘Our Languages’ project. On top of all these (and more!), there are also a number of workshops offered by awarding organisations which such as City and Guilds and SQA.

please go to the main Conference page for all the details: http://natecla.org.uk/content/641/National-Conference-2017