Committee Members Bios

Pauline Blake-Johnston – Branch Chair


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 J 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.


Orsolya Dunn – Secretary


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


Martin Ross – Website Co-ordinator

martin2I am an ESOL teacher with a background in computing and languages. I probably became interested in languages as a result of my father’s journey to Scotland in a submarine in WWII. I taught Spanish for several years – which is a great way to learn it! I grew up in Dundee so I am fluent in Dundonian and English. I enjoy teaching because the students are mostly wonderful. I strive to become a better teacher – that is most definitely a work in progress … My interests are guitars, cars, motorbikes, wife, kids and work.


Sheena Kay – Events & Conference Co-ordinator

sheena2.jpgHello. 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.


Ann Morgan-Thomas – Events & Conference Team


Sue Hain – Professional Development Co-ordinator

sueHi – 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!                                                


Jean Nelson – Ordinary Committee Member

mar 17 014I 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.


Sarah Murray – Ordinary Committee Member

My name is Sarah Murray and I am the ESOL Development Worker for east Ayrshire Council. Currently I am nearing the end of a career break and I am finishing a MEd TESOL at Glasgow University. I am researching the use of new phonological framework  (Cauldwell 2013) for teaching listening that develops  learner strategies to facilitate decoding of ‘the blur  gap’ of connected speech. This has been in response from a history of learners wanting to be  able to ‘catch’ words heard in fast speech and  develop better listening skills in analysing their own  learning needs. In my current job I mainly teach beginner  and elementary level, ESOL literacy and family ESOL to learners of East Ayrshire.


Frances MacDougall – Ordinary Committee Member/Volunteer Rep

francesMy 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.