Adult Learning - Team
Welcome to the Adult Learning team. Below you will find more information about the team and the services that we deliver, including an introduction to our tutors and support staff.
Please get in touch to find out how we can help you with your learning.
I have worked in a variety of teaching and organising roles in Adult Learning for over 20 years, which I have a passion for. I have worked in Further Education colleges, schools, and local authority adult learning services, primarily in Essex and East London. In 2020, I relocated from Essex to Scotland, and have been working for West Lothian Adult Learning since March 2020 in as a Adult Learning Worker and Tutor. I have taught a variety of subjects including science, numeracy, literacy, basic IT and Family Learning. I started the Team Leader post in March 2022.
I am a Community Education professional with experience of delivering youth work, family group work, participation projects, and ESL classes. I have been an Adult Learning manager at West Lothian Council since January 2024. What drives my work is my strong belief in the transformative power of lifelong learning.
I am one half of the Adult Learning admin team. My role within the team is to reply to all enquiries, either by phone or email and to pass them on to the relevant tutors. I also cover a wide range of admin tasks to assist the smooth running of the team. Hopefully I will be able to assist you if you contact the Adult Learning team.
I am an administration assistant with Adult Learning and I joined the team in February 2020. I work part-time and share the post with Linda.
Along with Linda I deal with the email and telephone enquiries we receive. We will always respond to you as quickly as possible, directing this onto the relevant tutor/person, best able to deal with the enquiry.
I'm a digital tutor and I've been with the Adult Learning team for 21 years. My job roles include teaching IT and multimedia skills, from basic to accreditation level 4, to the general public and people with additional support needs. I am currently teaching various courses, throughout West Lothian in community centres and libraries.
I am a language enthusiast and an education aficionado with over two decades of experience in teaching English. My journey in the world of linguistics began long ago, culminating in the achievement of a PhD in the field. This academic adventure has equipped me with a deep understanding of language acquisition, sociolinguistics, and language pedagogy.
Currently, I'm thrilled to be serving as an ESOL Coordinator at West Lothian Council, where I am dedicated to facilitating the English for Speakers of Other Languages programs for a diverse and multicultural community. My role involves designing tailored language courses, fostering an inclusive learning environment, and supporting the professional development of educators in the ESOL field.
I am passionate about empowering individuals through language education and thrive on creating impactful learning experiences. My commitment to promoting cultural exchange and linguistic proficiency fuels my work, and I am constantly seeking new ways to enhance language acquisition and integration for individuals from diverse backgrounds.
When I'm not immersed in the world of linguistics, you can find me exploring new teaching methodologies, diving into research on language acquisition, or simply indulging in a good book - both in English and in other languages.
Maureen Currie - Tutor
I have been an ESOL tutor in West Lothian for over 10 years and teach at all levels, from absolute beginners up to National 2. I love meeting people from many different countries, at all stages of their language learning and helping them to be more confident and competent in their use of English, whether in speaking and listening, or reading and writing. I like my classes to be relaxed and fun and currently have classes in Livingston and Bathgate.
I am an ESOL Tutor with experience in teaching all levels, from Beginner to Nat 5. I have been working for West Lothian Council since 2013. I am currently only working part time , doing online classes at Beginner and Elementary levels. I have a great passion for teaching ESOL and I like to encourage and inspire my learners. I like to ensure my classes are fun and enjoyable. This creates a relaxed and comfortable learning experience and from my years of experience this works.
If you enjoy a class you want to learn, you want to come back and so learning with laughter is the best. And the smiles on the faces of all my learners over the years gives me great job satisfaction.
Colin Mairs - Tutor
I'm an ESOL tutor who has worked throughout the UK and Europe and I've been with the Adult Learning team for nine years. I teach English language to overseas students throughout West Lothian, from beginner to SQA National Level 2. I currently have groups in Mosswood Community Centre, Strathbrock Partnership Centre and Bathgate Partnership Centre.
I am a CELTA qualified teacher of English as a second language with a Master's degree in English language and literature and over 25 years of teaching experience at universities, private language centres and community learning centres. I have experience of tutoring ESOL to adults in a community based context, working with refugees and delivering SQA ESOL courses and assessments, ESOL for Employability courses and preparing students for Cambridge English Language exams.
I am committed to high-quality teaching, I have knowledge of appropriate teaching methods, including a variety of strategies to promote and assess learning in order to engage the interest and enthusiasm of the students.
I create interesting, balanced, learner-centred lessons and activities consisting of a coherent system of purposeful actions, based on the stated lesson objectives.
I have been teaching ESOL to adults for 30 years in Scotland and abroad and began teaching with West Lothian Council in 2012. I currently teach at all levels up to National 2.
Hello, my name is Margaret and I am Adult Literacies tutor. I work with adults throughout West Lothian who are looking for help with their reading, writing and numbers. I currently have groups in Strathbrock and Bathgate Partnership Centres. I also deliver training for people who would like to volunteer with our service and provide ongoing support for our student committee, Adult Learning Friends (ALF).
Hello, I am a Literacies Tutor with the Adult Learning Team, starting in January 2023. My remit is to provide Numeracy groups and short courses around West Lothian. I am a teacher of over 20 years' experience working in primary and ASN schools. I also have worked for three West Lothian family and health charities so have a good knowledge of communities and learning development. I enjoy meeting new people who want to learn more and are willing to give anything a go to improve their daily living and wellbeing.
Martin Gunn - Tutor
I have been involved with the West Lothian Council Adult Learning team for the past six years. Having first joined as a mature student on placement, I then applied to become a volunteer. As a volunteer, I was fortunate enough to work with different, more experienced literacy tutors, who over time, helped me to gain the necessary skills and confidence to apply for paid work. I have now been running my own group at Forestbank for the past two years. If you feel you need support with your reading, writing or numbers, please take that first step and get in touch.
I've worked as an adult learning tutor, both in the community and in colleges, for the last 15 years, the last nine of which have been with West Lothian Council. I work with people throughout the area who need help with their reading, writing and numbers. I currently run groups in Forestbank Community Centre and Bathgate Partnership Centre, with students working towards goals such as a SQA speaking assessment, reading bus timetables, learning the alphabet and brushing up on basic number skills. I also deliver the various short courses that we run, including money management.
I am a literacies tutor and I've been with West Lothian Council Adult Learning for nine years. I work with people throughout West Lothian who are looking for support with their learning. I currently have groups in Strathbrock Partnership Centre, Whitburn Community Centre, Bathgate Job Centre and Inveralmond Community High School. My learners are currently working on goals such as letter writing, using the Universal Credit system, writing a short story, reading a bedtime story and using dyslexia friendly software.
Alicia Robertson - Tutor
Hello, I'm a literacies tutor and I've been with Adult Learning for 12 years. I work with people throughout West Lothian, who are looking for help with their reading, writing and numbers. I am currently supporting people to get online and to try online learning over Zoom. Do you know that you can work towards SQA qualifications with us? For more information, please get in touch.
I am a literacies tutor, working with people throughout West Lothian by providing literacy and numeracy sessions and short courses. Having previously worked as a primary school teacher for 13 years, I also work with schools to deliver family learning experiences. I currently deliver groups in Addiewell, Polbeth, Dedridge and Deans, with students working towards goals such as a SQA communications units, reading bus timetables, improving spelling and brushing up on number skills.
I have a background in psychology, sociology, coaching and training, with a Post Graduate Diploma in Careers Guidance and Development. I thrive on helping others build their confidence and resilience through specifically designed SQA courses which not only offer qualifications, but the opportunity to regain self-identity and self-empowerment.