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 2018-2019

Committee Position   Bio

Pauline Blake-Johnston

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 🙂 I have only been teaching English Language since 2007, but am hugely passionate about my career change with particular interests in working with young learners, learner engagement and learner centred tuition. I am delighted to be involved in reviving the NATECLA Scotland Branch as I believe Scotland, for being such a small country, has incredibly diverse English Language practice and I want to be involved with sharing that and bringing us all closer together.

Orsi Dunn



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.
Events & Conference


Sheena Kay

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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.
Events & Conference Team

Ann Morgan-Thomas

Jean Nelson

Anne MT

 mar 17 014
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 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.


Teacher Trainers Co-ordinator

Sue Hain

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

Frances MacDougal

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!
I am also an ESOL Volunteer at SRUC Elmwood Campus, another role which I enjoy very much. I live in Cupar with my husband and three cats. In my spare time I love walking, sailing, reading and gardening.


 Branch Constitution