At Scots English College, “Students Success” is how teacher success is measured. Our experienced, qualified teachers bring to students the best teaching methods. For the Beginners, teachers will assist students to take their first steps by using games and outdoor activities. Daily activities are also important including going to the supermarket, movies, and shopping for clothes.  At the intermediate level, our supportive teachers provide students with more academic materials and complicated English exercises. Students will have a chance to work in groups to discuss specific topics and to present their ideas. Through these types of activities, students will be more confident in using English in their daily lives. 


Scots’ teachers are always there to help their students, to find out their goals and their individual needs and strengths. Our teachers are university educated, hold specialist qualifications and have taught ELICOS successfully to international students for many years. Students will have an opportunity to learn from qualified and experienced teachers who not only help students with the class exercises and work but also advise students on how to learn English better and more effectively. In addition to assisting students with satisfactory academic results, teachers also pay attention to build up practical skills for students. Hence students can experience inspiring lessons integrated with generic skills. This focus on student centred teaching by qualified teachers in central to the Scots English College.


All of Scots’ high-quality ELICOS courses are accredited by the Australia Government to meet students’ expectations based on their individual interests and career aspirations.


The Scots’ approach to English teaching:

  • Making the objectives of each lesson clear to the learners
  • Making clear to the learners how and why the language they are developing in class is useful in real life, outside class
  • Making the lessons as relevant as possible to the learners’ lives
  • Ensuring that the final balance of macro skills and lesson content addresses the needs of the particular learners in the class
  • Assisting learners to determine or refine their language learning aims and to see how the course is addressing these aims
  • Making the lessons as fun and motivating as possible
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Lisa Santos

Ms Lisa Santos

Lisa Santos was born in Australia. She completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Western Sydney in 2013 and went on to complete her Master of Arts TESOL in 2014 at the same university. Lisa received a Dean’s Merit Award in recognition of her high results during her Master’s course. During her years at univeristy, Lisa studied a year in Madrid, Spain and learned the language. During this time Lisa worked for Canterbury English as an English Tutor where she worked mostly with children. During her Master’s degree, Lisa volunteered for Mission Australia as a Tutor. Since studying, Lisa has worked for a few colleges including; Canterbury Language Academy, NSW International English College and Metro College (GCA). During her years as a teacher, Lisa has been responsible for designing tests, syllabuses and organising excursions.


Motto: To be intelligent isn't measured by what you know, but how much you strive to know.

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Alexander Cowell

Mr. Alexander Cowell

Alex Cowell grew up in Wollongong, Australia a divine place of beaches, surfers, mountains and hang gliders. After travelling overseas post-high school, including two years studying and working in Massachusetts, USA, he graduated from the University of Wollongong with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Politics. He passed through many industries on his road to ESL teaching: customer service, hospitality, private tutoring, internships for media production companies, staff writer for an online television blog; however, it was the completion of a CELTA course in 2014 that opened his eyes to the rewarding world of English teaching. Alex has been working in the ELICOS industry for over two years and is excited to bring his passion and knowledge to Scots English College.

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Joanna McMahon

Ms Joanna McMahon

Joanna has completed a first class honours degree in English and Philosophy, a Masters in Philosophy, a Professional Diploma in Education and a TEFL certificate. She has received awards for her academic achievements. She has spent several years teaching in both secondary schools and English language schools in Ireland and Scotland. She also has substantial experience in providing private tuition to students of all ages and abilities. She also has a keen interest in journalism and has written for local papers in Ireland. She has helped to run courses in debating and public speaking in the different schools where she worked. 

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Karolina Staniszewska

Ms Karolina Staniszewska

Karolina is an experienced, positive and cheerful English teacher. She has a degree in English Language Teaching specialising in TESOL from the University of Warsaw. She began her teaching career in 2012 in Poland where she taught English to adult students across the range of levels. She was responsible for designing teaching materials and personalised language courses for General English and Business English courses. In 2014 she moved to China where she worked for two years as an English Teacher in two language schools in Chengdu. Karolina specialised in teaching General English, IELTS/TOEFL preparation courses and helping students master their language skills before moving overseas. During that time, she worked with students of different ages and levels. After moving to Australia in June 2016, she joined Scots English College where she has an opportunity to do what she loves - working with international students. She aims to provide them with the best possible English education within a dynamic and engaging learning environment.

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