Events & Conferences

NATECLA Scotland’s Conference Day

Saturday 3rd November 2018, 9am – 4pm

Dundee & Angus College, Gardyne Campus

Thank you to all who attended our second Conference Day – we’ve had such positive feedback and comments again – it was a great success and we’re looking forward to next year already 🙂

We have created a secure section of our website, to share the session from our fantastic presenters, please get in touch for details on how to access that.

In the meantime, please enjoy a Conference summary from our very own Sheena Kay:


ESOL practitioners from all over Scotland made their way to Dundee on Saturday 3 November to attend the annual NATECLA Scotland. Dundee and Angus College, Gardyne Campus, hosted the conference in its second year and welcomed delegates from as far afield as Shetland, Limerick, Galashiels, Aberdeenshire and Ayrshire.  The Scottish ESOL community turned out in force for a welcome CPD opportunity.

The day-long conference offered a range of workshops for practitioners working in community provision, further education, schools and higher education, as well as those starting out in the field of ESOL/language teaching. Exhibitors, including the sponsor Trinity College London, Express Publishing, SQA, Dundee and Angus College and the Ruth Hayman Trust meant that there was food for thought both in and out of the seminar rooms.

A packed schedule gave everyone a choice of four workshops from eight on offer and each session was attended by enthusiastic delegates looking for ideas and inspiration in ESOL – and they certainly got what they came for.

Dundee’s own Amanda Avison and Jo Jarvis and Kristen Fraley of the Glasgow ESOL Forum led the first two sessions. Amanda got everyone talking with her workshop on teaching pronunciation.  Kristen and Jo focussed on the practical in their session on working with volunteers.

Time for a quick coffee and to chat to newfound friends before the start of the next workshops. Talking Technology gave participants examples of the free technology that’s immensely valuable for ESOL learners and their teachers.  Materials writer and author, Emily Bryson, shared her principles of ESOL teaching with practical tips and activities.

Rosie Quinn of City of Glasgow College presented a raft of ideas for the age old problem of identifying or creating accessible resources for those learners at the very beginning of their ESOL journey. Berenice Hunter of Dundee and Angus College examined the trusty placement test and shared the results of her evaluation with her audience.

In one of the final sessions, Dr Steve Brown of University of the West of Scotland challenged the audience to examine their own approach to helping learners fully integrate into Scottish life and society.

The final plenary session was led by NATECLA Chair, Pauline Blake-Johnston and then it was time to wave goodbye and return to our classrooms with ideas, worksheets and food for thought to last at least until the next NATECLA conference.

Sheena Kay

08 November 2018

Any questions, please contact Pauline Blake-Johnston

NATECLA Scotland’s Branch Chair on