PDA ITESOL @ Dundee & Angus College

Hi All,

Please see below details for some remaining places on Dundee & Angus College’s PDA: ITESOL that’s starting on Wednesday 18th October 2017.

The final round of interviews will be on Wednesday 27th September, so please apply soon if you’re interested.

Course Advert: PDA ITESOL D&A Advert 

Course Info: PDA ITESOL D&A Course Info










NATECLA’s new-look teaching resources website





Need to be inspired?

Have a look at NATECLA’s new-look teaching resources website

It is that time of year again! If you are looking for some much needed inspiration for this year’s schemes of work, take a look at NATECLA’s brand new teaching resources website – put together by members for members.

Four great new sections

Inject a new lease of life into your autumn lesson plans with the following invaluable webpages:

  • ESOL Classroom Activities– rejuvenate your information gap activities or pick up some new lesson warmer ideas
  • Useful Websites – from ready made ESOL-friendly lessons to useful online tools, it is all here in one place
  • The ESOL Teacher’s Toolbox – what are the items you cannot enter the classroom without? From cuisinaire rods to mobile phones…..
  • FAQs for ESOL teachers – some useful advice – particularly for those new to the profession.

We would love to have your contributions, so drop us a line on info@natecla.org.uk if you would like to share any of your go-to tips of websites.

Visit the Site Today

Introducing our Committee Volunteer Rep

Hi Everyone,

Please see a note form one of our newest Committee Members – Frances MacDougall. Frances has come onto the NATECLA Scotland Committee as a Rep for Volunteers as NATECLA Scotland feels passionately about the contribution volunteers make within English Language Teaching in Scotland and want to make sure their voice is included in our dialogue.

I would be very grateful if you could forward this to all of your volunteers – many thanks!


Hello, my name is Frances McDougall and I have recently joined the committee of NATECLA Scotland as volunteer rep. As such, I think it is important that I represent the views of volunteer tutors, ask questions on their behalf or seek clarification of relevant issues, as well as keeping them up to date with developments which relate to their role. I would therefore like to ask for your help in making contact with volunteers in your area. I realise that not everyone would be happy with you passing on contact details, but I would appreciate if you could let them know the contents of this message and ask anyone who is interested in making contact with me to do so via the NATECLA Branch Chair on Pauline.Blake-Johnston@sruc.ac.uk. Thanks very much in advance.

Kind regards


NATECLA Scotland’s Inaugural Event – SAVE THE DATE!

Hi Everyone,

The NATECLA Scotland Branch are delighted to invite you to take part in its inaugural Conference Day on Saturday 11th November 2017, 10am-3pm at the Gardyne Campus of Dundee & Angus College.

Join us for the first NATECLA Scotland event since the Branch has been revived, and the first of our workshop series.

We are delighted to announce that Jenny Roden (NATECLA Co-Chair) has agreed to open the Conference for us, and fresh from the national NATECLA Conference, we have Rachael Roberts as our keynote speaker (www.elt-resourceful.com).

Please do keep the date in your diaries – full details of the workshops on offer will follow very soon, but in the meantime, more information and booking can be found here: NATECLA Scotland Conference Day

Any initial questions, please contact Pauline Blake-Johnston, NATECLA Scotland Branch Chair on Pauline.Blake-Johnston@sruc.ac.uk and please share around your colleagues and networks – many thanks.


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Trinity DipTESOL Course in Edinburgh

Alba English School is going to start offering the Trinity DipTESOL from this October (online interactive through a Moodle with the 2-week face-to-face component in Edinburgh). Please find the Course Information pdf attached.

Next Thursday 31st August, Corinne Wales and Stephen Jones, the Course Tutors, are going to give a talk about the course at the 99 Hanover Street Bar in Edinburgh.

We thought it would be a good opportunity for EFL and ESOL teachers and staff in Edinburgh to get together for a drink and catch up.

6.30pm Overview of the Alba DipTESOL – for CELTA-qualified (or equivalent) teachers thinking of taking a Diploma-level course

and then for everyone…from 7.30pm End-of-summer drinks

All the best and hope you can make it along.

DipTESOL Course Information

DipTESOL Talk and EndofSummer Drinks

Help shape the future of NATECLA – apply for one of these crucial roles



james cupper and racheal roberts

Do you have a passion for ESOL and the wide-ranging work that NATECLA does? Would you like to play a key role in driving the organisation’s work forward? With the constant changes in the sector, NATECLA is seeking a Co-chair who has a strategic vision, management experience and the time and enthusiasm to make a significant contribution to our work. As our other co-chair is London based we would like to encourage applications from other parts of the country in order to help us to represent the wider membership as effectively as possible.
Find our more on the NATECLA website


language issues

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an individual with editing, writing or publishing experience and a passion for ESOL and community languages to become our next Language Issues Editor. This role is for a three year period from January 2018 to December 2021. Language Issues is the part peer reviewed journal for NATECLA, read by ESOL and community language professionals in the UK and beyond.  There are two editions a year, summer (June) and winter (December). The editor is supported by the editorial board and the NATECLA national office.  There is a small annual honorarium and all expenses are paid. The new editor will be invited to join the editorial board straight away and shadow the preparations for the December 2017.
To find out more and apply, please visit our website