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This is where we celebrate and showcase the phenomenal work of English Language Practitioners around the country.

If you would like your profile included, or would like to nominate a colleague, please contact us.


Hannah Avison


Hannah is currently an ESOL tutor and project worker with the City of Edinburgh Council Resettlement Programme.

Read Hannah’s Profile here: Hannah Avison


Kirsty Forrester

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Kirsty currently works as a Senior Community Learning and Development Worker for Dundee City Council.

Read Kirsty’s Profile here: Kirsty Forrester


Rosie Quin 

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Rosie currently works at City of Glasgow College and she has been an ELT teacher for 24 years,  her passion lies in ESOL Literacy Levels and the transformative power of the Language Experience Approach.

Read Rosie’s Profile here: Rosie Quin


Amanda Avison


Amanda has taught ESOL for many years and currently works at Dundee & Angus College as an ESOL Lecturer. She teaches all levels, both in a College setting and in a Community setting. She teaches exam preparation classes, ESOL Literacies classes, is a CELTA Trainer and has a particular interest in pronunciation. 

Read Amanda’s profile here: Amanda Avison


Jill Murray

Jill Murray

Jill has taught English for over 30 years and is currently the SQA Principal Verifier for ESOL.  She has been a member of NATECLA since 1995 when she was senior lecturer at Hendon College (now Barnet College) in north London.  When she returned to Scotland in 1999 she revived the Scottish branch for a few years and along with Carol Irvine and the Glasgow ESOL Forum helped to organise the NATECLA national conference in Glasgow in 2002.  She has taught abroad as well as in the UK and she is now back teaching ESOL at Edinburgh College.

Read Jill’s profile here: Jill Murray


Anne Margaret Smith

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Anne Margaret has taught English for 30 years and is also a dyslexia specialist tutor and assessor. She runs ELT well, which brings together best practice from the two fields of ELT and SpLD support, offering materials and training to teachers, and cognitive assessments for multilingual learners. She is also the co-ordinator of the IATEFL Inclusive Practices and SEN SIG. She is currently training to become a Speech and Language Therapist.

Read Anne Margaret’s profile here: Anne Margaret Smith


Joy Velykorodnyy


A qualified DipTESOL teacher Joy has 20 years’ experience working overseas and delivering community-based provision in the UK.  British born, she is a fluent Russian speaker and currently works predominately with refugees.  She has a special interest and has researched human trafficking and ESOL and is working with SOHTIS to produce useful and empowering ESOL resources and CPD’s.

Read Joy’s profile here: Joy Velykorodnyy 


Steve Brown

Steve Brown photo Nov 18Steve Brown has been working in English Language Teaching since 1993. After several years abroad he returned to Scotland in 2001 and, after completing an MSC in Applied Linguistics at Edinburgh University, he moved into the Further Education sector and worked as a lecturer and teacher educator at Langside College. He became curriculum leader for the Languages department at Clydebank College (now West College Scotland) in 2005 and, apart from a brief spell in Malaysia in 2011-12, remained in this post until August 2018. Steve recently completed an EdD programme at the University of Glasgow and is now a lecturer in TESOL and English Language at the University of the West of Scotland, where he is also the Director of Studies of the English Language Unit.

Read Steve’s profile here: Steve Brown


Emily Bryson

Emily Bryson

Emily is a freelance ELT materials writer and wrote the A-Z of ESOL for Academic Study Kit which is out now. She has also written ELT materials for publishers such as MacMillan Education and the British Council as well as a wide range of ESOL for Vocational Purposes Courses for City of Glasgow College. These include: ESOL for Social Care, ESOL for Customer Care, ESOL for Employability, ESOL for Science, ESOL for Early Years and ESOL for Construction.

Since 2007 Emily have been an ESOL Lecturer at City of Glasgow college and in that time she has embraced many opportunities. These include co-ordinating the ESOL Network Project, being seconded as Development Officer for ESOL at Education Scotland and managing the Sharing Lives Sharing Languages Project for the Scottish Refugee Council. In addition, she is a teacher trainer and public speaker.

Read Emily’s profile here: Emily Bryson


Jenny Roden

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As well as being a freelance Teacher and Material’s Writer, Jenny Roden was also the Co-Chair of NATECLA and instrumental in working towards a English ESOL Strategy. We’re delighted that she’s our 2nd ESOL’s Most Wanted 🙂

Read Jenny’s Profile here: Jenny Roden


Rachael Roberts

Rachael was our keynote speaker at our inaugural Conference on 2017, we’re delighted that she’s kicking us off on our ESOL’s Most wanted page 🙂


Since 1989, Rachael has worked as a teacher, teacher trainer and materials writer in both ELT and ESOL contexts. She started her career abroad, in Portugal, Brazil and Poland, then returned to the UK, where she spent ten years at Solihull College, before becoming a tutor on the ESOL Level 5 qualification at Warwick University. Currently Rachael spends most of her time writing teaching materials and has co-written a number of well-known course books including ‘ New Total English Intermediate’ and ‘Navigate B1+ and B2’, but still teaches from time to time. She is one of NATECLA’s official trainers through our training arm and spends rather too much time on Twitter (@teflerinha) and on her website,, writing posts on different aspects of materials writing and teaching.

Read Rachael’s profile here: Rachael Roberts