The NATECLA Scotland Branch was revived in early 2016 by Pauline Blake-Johnston and Sue Hain. The purpose was to have a NATECLA presence in Scotland again, but also to try and share the innovative, and diverse, work spread across the country.
We have a dedicated and passionate Committee, spread across Scotland and from diverse backgrounds, all lending their expertise into the Branch. We continue to work on providing quality CPD events for practitioners, teacher trainers and volunteer tutors as well as using our website as a source of information and ideas to all.
If you would like to become involved in anyway, we would love to hear from you.
Meet the NATECLA Scotland Team:
NATECLA Scotland Committee for 2019-2020
Hello! My name is Pauline Blake-Johnston and I am the ESOL Co-ordinator for SRUC, based in Cupar, Fife. My job remit is wide; everyday English, Young Learners, EAP, Exam English and everything in between! Although I have only been teaching English Language since 2007, I am hugely passionate about my career change with particular interests in ESOL Literacies, learner engagement and learner centred tuition. I am delighted to be involved in reviving the NATECLA Scotland Branch as I believe Scotland, for being seen as such a small country, has incredibly diverse, sector-leading English Language practice and I want to be involved in sharing that across Scotland and the UK as part of NATECLA.
Orsi has been involved in English language teaching for 13 years in a wide range of contexts. She has worked in Hungary, Italy and the UK in a number of roles in ESOL, EAP and EFL. She has been an ESOL lecturer at Ayrshire College since 2014 and has an enjoyably wide ESOL remit ranging from ESOL delivery, ESOL tutor training, events organisation and community accreditation work. Her special interests are ESOL literacies, social practice based learning and teaching and using literature in the ESOL/EFL classroom.
Sheena Kay Ann Morgan-Thomas Jean Nelson
Hello. My name’s Sheena Kay and I work at West College Scotland in Paisley. I’ve been teaching ESOL for A Very Long Time! I worked abroad for quite a while having ‘fallen into’ teaching while I was studying in China. I found it fascinating so I did the CELTA then the DELTA and continued to teach mainly in South East Asia. When I came back to Scotland, I worked for Fife Council, organising 1:1 ESOL tutoring and classes with a team of dedicated volunteer tutors. Now I’m working in Further Education, I’m teaching learners from a wide range of backgrounds and countries at all levels. I can honestly say that there’s never a dull day at work. I’m particularly interested in pronunciation and using digital technologies in language teaching – though that’s a work in progress. When I’m not working, my interests are books, baking, cats and travelling. Not necessarily in that order. I also manage the Stories from around Scotland section of our website.
I currently work for SQA as Principal Verifier for ESOL and am also a part time Subject Implementation Manager working on the National 5 and Higher ESOL qualifications. I first taught English in Poland in 1977 and became involved ESOL in the UK 1978 when I set up community-based ESOL courses across Edinburgh. Since then I have worked in the college, school and voluntary sectors as an ESOL/TESOL teacher and a manager. My current interests are access to provision and qualifications for ESOL learners across Scotland. I represent SQA on the Education Scotland Access and Participation group for the implementation of the Adult ESOL Strategy and on The New Scots: Integrating Refugees in Scotland’s Communities group. I’ve been a member of NATECLA for as long as I can remember and hope to be able to make a contribution organising events and conferences. As well as my roles at SQA, I now do some teaching/training on a voluntary basis and am hoping to spend more time reading, getting a bit of exercise and spending more time with grandchildren! I also manage the ESOL’s Most Wanted section of our website.
I work for Dumfries & Galloway Council as a Community Learning Assistant with a remit for Adult Literacies and ESOL. I work full time and have a very interesting and divers job. My remit essentially is to meet, greet and assess new learners as they arrive with us. I then match them into the type of provision which is most appropriate to their needs. Our ESOL learners are a very diverse group of people who are so keen to learn and become integrated into the local community. Six recently achieved the Adult Achievement Award at Level 4 to become part of an elite group of 18 to attain this new qualification in D & G.
My name is Peter Yorston and I’ve been at Dundee and Angus College for 11 years in various roles (just starting no.5). In that time I have been involved with school off-site education, employability programmes, social sciences and careers guidance. I have taught bits of Sociology, Psychology, Marketing, Communication and ICT. Although I have been part of the ESOL team for 5 years, I only passed my CELTA in 2017, so consider myself very much a trainee language teacher. I am just settling into a new role as an ESOL Curriculum and Quality Leader and a new member of NATECLA. I have a particular interest in community ESOL, and was a member of the ESOL Strategy Implementation Group which developed the Welcoming Our Learners: Scotland’s ESOL Strategy 2015 – 2020. In my spare time I enjoy cycling, walking and generally getting as far away from civilisation as my legs will carry me. I have also recently taken up surfing, although only if it’s warm and the waves aren’t too big!
Teacher Trainer Co-ordinator
Hi – I’ve been teaching at Dundee and Angus College for 11 years since completing my CELTA after a career in Administration and Student Counselling. During that time I’ve been involved in General English, Community ESOL, Exam Preparation for Cambridge/IELTS, 1:1 and private tutoring. I’ve taught at a variety of summer schools in the UK and pre-sessionals at Dundee University. I have an interest in Drama in the Classroom and have done some freelance work for St Andrews University in the past and try to incorporate it into my classroom teaching when I can. Over the past few years I’ve completed my PDA in ESOL Literacies, DELTA and have qualified as a CELTA Trainer and I think my next interest will be developing my understanding of NLP. I really enjoy the variety of teaching and training from literacy to CPE preparation to training new teacher…… and all that comes in-between. I really enjoy working with ESL/ESOL learners who are usually highly motivated, interested and interesting and often teach me a great deal. Away from work I enjoy amateur dramatics, ukulele with a fun group of colleagues, reading, box sets and cooking. Sporadic attempts at yoga and getting fitter are made around lengthy periods of inaction!
Volunteer Tutor Co-ordinator
My name is Frances McDougall and I was a Modern Languages teacher for 32 years. I took early retirement a few years ago and now work with Student Services at St. Andrews University on a part time basis. My role is to mentor students, provide study skills support and take notes in lectures, where required. I really enjoy this role as I get to help students and no two days are the same – a bit like teaching! An added bonus is that I get to experience subjects I have never studied without the pressure of exams!