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Bringing the world in to the classroom

08 October 2014

Our Principal Campbell Christie, treated the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students to an interactive talk about Scotland and its history.

The students were welcomed into the room by the sound of bagpipes and the Principal in full traditional Scottish dress including a kilt and tam-o’-shanter.


Saul Pope, Tutor and Head of ESOL, had been discussing the current issue of the Scottish Independence debate with his students:

“They wanted to learn more about Scotland. I asked our Principal, who is Scottish, if he wouldn’t mind talking to the students about his knowledge of the country and its culture.”

The students were also surprised with a tasting of a traditional Burn’s Night supper of haggis, neeps (turnips) and tatties (potatoes) during their talk. 

ESOL Student, Moses Parsons, 18 and from Zimbabwe, was captivated throughout the presentation:

“It was amazing. I really enjoyed learning about some of Scotland’s important points in history. I also liked the haggis, I’ve not had anything like that before.”

Vania Spencer, ESOL student, 24 and from Portugal, said:

“The Scottish culture seems very interesting and I would now like to visit there for myself, one day.”

After the presentation Campbell Christie, said:

“My job today was to give the students some of the history of Scotland - relevant to the issue of the independence debate - giving them further thoughts to appreciate the types of questions that the Scottish nation is going to have to decide upon. I really enjoyed giving the talk and the students seemed genuinely interested too.”

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