Students praised for producing teaching resources

SQA has recognised students at a number of further education colleges for their contribution to a teaching resource that will benefit the next generation of English language tutors.

Students studying ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) at Stevenson College in Edinburgh (pictured above) and Clydebank College and Langside Colleges, both in Glasgow, have given their time to help SQA produce a teaching pack that will be used to train new tutors.

The pack contains resources providing trainee tutors with an understanding of the diversity of ESOLlearners and the challenges they face learning a new language in Scotland.

SQA, with support from the Scottish Government, has developed the new Tutoring English for Speakers of Other Languages award to act as a first stage in the professional development of individuals who wish to work with ESOL learners.

The pack will be used by teacher trainers delivering the new qualification.

Jennifer McDougall, TESOL development manager at SQA, said:  "The teaching resource pack came together with the help of a number of partner organisations. Our partners allowed us to visit their centres to interview learners and practitioners and film groups taking part in ESOL lessons.One of the great successes of the learning materials is the authenticity of the resources.

"This success would have been impossible without the contributions of the practitioners, learners and centres.  We're extremely grateful to all those involved in helping to create this innovative resource.

Further qualifications for ESOL practitioners are currently being developed. For more information on the Professional Development Award: Introduction to Tutoring English for Speakers of Other Languages, visit

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