About Us

Our History

SATEAL (or SATESL as it was originally called) was formed in the late 70’s, when the arrival of the Vietnamese Boat People brought ESL into greater prominence in Scotland. Betty Barr, who was ESL Coordinator for Fife, convened a national meeting of ESL teachers at Balwearie High School, Kirkcaldy. Ollie McLaughlan, the Rector of Balwearie, took an active interest in ESL and attended the meeting. According to him, he came up with the suggestion of forming an association for the teachers of ESL in Scotland. He threatened to lock the doors and keep the participants there until they came up with a name and elected office-bearers!

SATEAL exists to foster and develop the teaching of English as an Additional Language (EAL) in a multi ethnic environment through our conference and website.
SATEAL organises an annual conference for educators across Scotland who are working with bilingual learners and wish to develop their professional skills and knowledge. The SATEAL Conference is an ideal opportunity to network and share with EAL colleagues and professionals from across Scotland.

SATEAL Committee Members

  • Sarah-Jane Bennison (Chair)
    English as an Additional Language Service, Aberdeenshire.
  • Susan Arnot (Minute Secretary)
    Bilingual Support Service, Dundee
  • Nader Shahid (Treasurer)
    EAL Service, Fife.
  • Lorna Anderson (Webmaster)
    Glasgow EAL service
  • Francine Whitmore (Conference co-ordinator)
    Glasgow EAL Service.
  • Laura Goff (Conference co-ordinator)
    Glasgow EAL service
  • Kirsten Barrett (Member
    Glasgow EAL Service
  • Sally Strathearn (Marketing)
    EAL Service, Fife
  • Gillian Young (Membership)
    EAL Service, Fife
  • Alison Roy (Member)
    Highland EAL Service


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