Maggie Sproule

Swire Chinese Teaching Fellow


Maggie, Head of Swire Chinese Language Centre Edinburgh (SCLE), is on secondment to The University of Edinburgh from January 2019, as Swire Chinese Teaching Fellow.

Maggie was educated as a bilingual student in Singapore. She is an experienced teacher of Chinese, started her teaching career in Singapore, and now in the UK.  She has worked across both the state and independent sectors in Singapore, England and Scotland. Currently, as Principal Teacher of Chinese at George Watson’s College and Head of Swire she leads the largest Chinese department in Scotland. Additionally, as Head of Swire she leads the delivery of Chinese language lessons to upwards of 1500 pupils in 13 state schools in the City of Edinburgh and East Lothian. Maggie has taught Chinese across the age range from 7 to 18 years, including IB Diploma, Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers. She is an invited consultant with Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), leading the development of SQA National Qualifications for Chinese. In addition to being the Principal Assessor for Chinese, she also plays a pivotal role in various SQA assessment teams. Maggie is an educator with a global outlook who has established a wide international network, for example with the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) and IB teachers worldwide. She is passionate about students learning, understanding, being able to apply their language learning and helping them achieve their maximum potential. In her various roles Maggie is taking on the challenge and limitations of monolingualism in Scotland by leading and inspiring student teachers of Chinese.