ESOL coordinator at Westminster
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) co-ordinator, Pauline Blake-Johnston, recently spoke in Westminster on the benefits of Scotland having an ESOL strategy, in a bid to encourage England to adopt its own strategy.
As well as her role at Elmwood Campus, Pauline, is also the chair of NATECLA Scotland, a group formed which aims to give a voice to English Language Practitioners in Scotland to foster connections and share good practice. NATECLA Scotland is a branch of NATECLA (National Association of Teachers for English and other Community Languages to Adults) and was revived by Pauline in 2016, after being dormant for many years.
Pauline was the only Scottish delegate there and spoke passionately on a topic close to her heart, to an audience made up of MPs and figureheads such as the Department of Education, Action for ESOL, Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement, Refugee Action, City and Guilds, Trinity College London, Learning and Work Institute as well as a variety of FE Colleges and Universities in England.
“It was a huge honour to be asked by the NATECLA as a whole, that England should adopt a strategy to bring it in line with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and delighted to be part of the debate to do so. “