The Resource Gang – Moving forward chatting


Using a kaleidoscope of ideas we hope to energise your conversational English language teaching. From paper to PowerPoint, from inside the home to outside!


This session is delivered by a team of ESL teachers, an ESL trainer and a graphic designer.

Using a kaleidoscope of ideas, we hope to energise your conversational English language teaching: from paper to PowerPoint, from inside the home to outside. We also introduce our latest resource book – hot off the press!

There will be opportunities to share materials or ideas that have worked to create good conversations in your classroom.

Join us in exploring how best to use the resources available to stimulate fantastic classroom conversations!

  • Rachel Thake

    Rachel put her toes in the EFL/ESOL waters, teaching as a CMS volunteer for two years in Kenya. She returned with two life-changing discoveries: firstly that teaching is her vocation and secondly with a soon-to-be-husband as a permanent “souvenir”. Since then she has taught in a wide range of contexts – from toddlers to 80+, from Derby to Chiang Mai, from Nepal to China.

    She currently works at Reading University, teaching minority- ethnic, Chinese teachers of English as well as CELTA courses in Reading. She volunteers once a week in her church-run English class and is currently part of the team writing materials for 2:19.

    Her life in ESOL can be summed up in the words of Fredierick Buechner: “Your vocation in life is where your greatest joy meets the world’s greatest need.”

  • Marina Swainston-Harrison

    Marina joined the 2:19 team in April 2017. She is based near Reading with her husband Grant and their 3 sons. Marina is our Lead Specialist for church-based ESL provision and is responsible for co-ordination, support and development of ESL conversation classes and iCaf initiatives run out of UK local churches. Originally from South Africa with a culturally mixed heritage, she brings with her a deep love for foreign languages and peoples as well as her experience in teaching English and Spanish. She believes that as we build relationships, people will be drawn to Jesus in us. Marina teaches at and helps manage one of 2:19’s Bridges English classes as well as the International café where all her men help out too! She loves reading, baking, walking with the family and most of all having coffee with her husband.

  • Natasha Burt

    Natasha lives and works in Croydon, where five years ago she set up Selam English Classes for women, based at two local churches. She particularly enjoys the privilege of working amongst internationals, having lived and worked abroad at different points in her life. Natasha studied French and Spanish at university and has had opportunities to use both languages over the years, working for the American Red Cross as a Spanish-speaker whilst living in Boston, and as a French teacher, whilst living in Ethiopia. She is married to Pete and has three teenage children. She loves to read, watch films, and spend time with friends from around the world.

  • Maura Baldwin

    Maura, together with her children and her husband David, worked in Ethiopia with Serving In Mission for 11 years. On their return to Reading in 2007 they had the privilege of setting up an international outreach project from Carey Baptist Church with the aim of serving the local community.
    They rejoined Serving in Mission in 2012 to develop two:nineteen, a project supporting and equipping local churches to meet the needs of their international communities while also looking at cultural/biblical issues within the church.
    They love the diversity and richness that multicultural Reading offers and the opportunities they have to share their faith.

    Maura loves family holidays, fast cars and hot tubs in the snow!