The Caledonian Language  is a small, friendly school, in central Edinburgh. We offer the following courses:

  • Full-time General English (15 hours per week)
  • Intensive General English (20 hours per week)
  • Preparation for FCE, CAE and IELTS
  • Fluency practice
  • Part-time evening courses
We aim to help students become independent learners, so we have a self-access room, where you can continue studying English when your class finishes for the day. The Caledonian Language School facilities include:

  • 5 classrooms
  • Self-access study room, with 5 PCs for student use
  • Student common room, with sofas to relax on, 2 further PCs, a coffee machine & micro-wave oven
  • Wif-fi everywhere in the building
  • A garden area where students can sit between classes
  • Office/reception for all enquiries
We have a core group of teachers, who have been with the school since it opened in 2011, plus others who have joined since then. All are qualified and experienced. Because we work with some students who are under 18, all staff are asked to sign a declaration that they are allowed to work with under-18s, or to show an appropriate police check certificate.

Our Staff

I’m Vivienne Taylor, the Principal of the Caledonian Language School. I’ve been teaching English as a Foreign Language since 1981, and have done many other kinds of English or Communication teaching along the way. Most of my work now is in managing the school, but I like to teach a few hours a week when I can – I’ll often take a class when one of the teachers is away. I did my degree in English Language & Literature at the University of Edinburgh, and my PGCE in ESOL at London University Institute of Education. I also did CELTA ( the RSA Preparatory Certificate in TEFL, as it was then) at International House, London.

In my spare time, I enjoy hill-walking, skiing and sailing.

I started teaching English as a foreign language in Thailand in my gap year.  I then returned to Scotland to study Sociology and History at the University of Glasgow. After graduating I taught English in Poland for a summer before moving to Spain for a year to teach children, teenagers, adults and businesses such as Vidal and Iberchem. I’ve prepared students for Cambridge and SQA exams and I’ve taught refugees, asylum seekers, teenagers and adults in the UK since returning in 2014. I joined the Caledonian Language School in 2015.

I enjoy going to the gym, reading and baking in my spare time.

Jane Cummins
Jane CumminsTeacher
I began teaching English in Greece in the 1980s, and lived and taught children and adults there for many years. I then returned to the UK to complete a Post Graduate Diploma, and went on to teach exam preparation classes and train as an ESOL examiner.

After returning to the UK, I spent ten years teaching ESOL in colleges of further education in Edinburgh, and I have been teaching at Caledonian Language School since it opened. I am also involved in examining for a range of ESOL exams in Europe and the UK.

I have a first degree in Languages from University of Aberdeen, a CELTA and Diploma in Linguistics and English Language Teaching from the University of Edinburgh.

I enjoy swimming in my spare time.

Andy Stuckey
Andy StuckeyTeacher
I began teaching English in London shortly after graduating, before moving to Greece for a year and then to Edinburgh. I have facilitated Conversation classes with individuals and groups, taught General English classes at all levels to both adults and children, prepared students for FCE/CAE/IELTS, as well as SQA ESOL Intermediate 1 and 2 and have been actively involved with Community ESOL across Scotland and in London.

I spent twelve years teaching ESOL in colleges of Further Education in Edinburgh and the surrounding area, and I have been teaching at Caledonian Language School since it opened. I am also ESOL Coordinator for East Lothian Council where I manage a small team of ESOL tutors.

I have a first degree in Sociology (with Geography) from the University of Surrey, a post-graduate Certificate in Education (Secondary School) from the University of London (Goldsmith’s College), a TESOL certificate from Trinity College, London and Assessor/Verifier awards from Scottish Qualifications Authority.

I enjoy running and watching films in my spare time.

Jonas Burkhard
Jonas BurkhardTeacher
I gained a CELTA in 2016 and have been teaching since then as much as I can between my studies. I’ve taught both young learners and adults in the US, Edinburgh, and London. I studied Arabic and Politics at the University of Edinburgh, and besides English and Arabic, I speak German and dabble in as many other languages as I can!

In my free time, I love spending time outdoors, especially cycling and hiking.

Hi, my name’s Paul and I’m from the south of Scotland – not far from Edinburgh. I began teaching five years ago after finishing my degree at the University of Edinburgh. Following my studies, I gained the CELTA teaching qualification and moved to Spain where I lived and worked for two years teaching English to children and adults over a wide range of levels and classes including business English, exam preparation and fluency as well as general English in schools and companies.

I returned to Edinburgh and joined Caledonian Language School in its first year of opening. I have been working here for a few years and it’s great meeting and getting to know so many interesting people from different cultures and backgrounds through teaching.

In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors – climbing mountains, camping, swimming. I also love music and play the piano and saxophone.


Support Assistant
Support AssistantAccommodation & Admin
ActivitiesJonas Burkhard

Our accommodation and admin assistant, and Activities Staff are also on hand to help and support with life outside the classroom. Activities Staff lead the excursions on the social programme, and are experts on Edinburgh, past and present. Accommodation & Admin  deals with accommodation and welfare, and will help with organising yourself to find a job in Edinburgh and much else.

Everybody in Team Caledonian is happy to help solve the problems of settling into a new city.