Our Presenters

The extended team at Radio Lingua is made up of teachers and native speakers from across the world. We’ll update these bios as we receive them from our colleagues!

Core Team

rln-markpentleton Mark Pentleton is the director of Radio Lingua and hosts many of the courses along with our other presenters. Mark is an experienced teacher of French and Spanish and also speaks Italian and some Norwegian, Portuguese, German and Catalan. Mark regularly speaks at conferences about educational podcasting and when he’s not directing Radio Lingua he runs workshops in schools on creative technologies, and consults for Apple Education on podcasting and iPad in education. Mark enjoys music and is a classically trained pianist. In 2010 he has challenged himself to recording a song every day of the year and posts these songs on his personal blog.
rln-catrionapentleton Catriona Pentleton is a co-director of Radio Lingua and is a teacher of French and German. In addition to being involved in the day-to-day running of the company, Catriona featured on a number of our courses including My Daily Phrase German, Show Time Spanish and Write Back Soon. Catriona’s love of languages comes from her love of travelling and meeting new people. Other interests include cookery and gardening.

Extended Team

rln-alba Alba Gomez de Pedro is currently working in Glasgow teaching Spanish in a number of schools. Alba loves travelling and getting know other cultures and languages. Born in Barcelona, Alba has a degree in English Language, Literature and Linguistics degree and has studied in Leipzig, Germany. She speaks Catalan, Spanish, English, German and some Galician. In her “day job” Alba loves helping Scottish students improve their Spanish, and has very much enjoyed working on Show Time Spanish with Radio Lingua.
rln-pierrebenoitheriaud Pierre-Benoît Hériaud was born in the French city of Nantes and grew up in Pornic and Paris. He came to Scotland in 1988 as a French assistant for a year, before working in sales liaising with French companies before returning to teaching. After lecturing for several years in the Economics and Languages dept of the University of Paisley, he began teaching in secondary schools. Since 1996 he has taught French and Spanish in a secondary school in North Ayrshire. Pierre-Benoît’s love of music and drama, combined with his linguistic abilities, has been put to excellent use in Radio Lingua projects. Pierre-Benoît hosts One Minute French, Walk, Talk and Learn French and has been involved in several other Radio Lingua productions.
rln-sebnem Şebnem Kurt Petre moved to Glasgow from her beloved city of Istanbul, Turkey, in July 2006 and started working as an architect. While taking an Italian language course a fantastic opportunity arose for her to become a Turkish language tutor for the Department of Adult Education at Glasgow University. Şebnem enjoys both teaching and learning languages. Şebnem loves travelling, meeting new people and learning about different cultures and traditions. One Minute Turkish is Şebnem’s first experience of teaching by podcast.
rln-juliamallwitz Julia Mallwitz is currently completing her degree in English and Art in Leipzig, Germany. During her studies she spent a year teaching German in Glasgow, and it was during this year when she started working with Radio Lingua. Her love for the language and the country has made her return to Scotland for holidays every year since. Julia enjoys travelling, photography and is a member of an English-speaking theatre group in Leipzig. Apart from English, Julia also speaks French and as a future teacher of foreign languages in Germany, Julia is very interested in new methods of teaching and learning such as podcasting.
rln-karanisbet1 Kara Nisbet is the resident Spanish learner on Coffee Break Spanish. She started the course as a complete beginner in the language but was inspired by the programme to take Spanish further. She is currently studying French at university and is now studying Spanish at the same level. Coffee Break Spanish gave her an excellent language base which she has since been able to build on and now feels confident in using the language. In the future, Kara hopes to teach languages and wishes to share her enthusiasm for learning foreign languages.
rln-josepicardo José Picardo is head of Modern Languages at a prestigious secondary school in England, where he teaches Spanish and German. He is originally from Cádiz, in Southern Spain, but has lived in England since 1994. José presents the intermedio of Show Time Spanish each week in which he helps learners “move to the next level”. José is passionate about language-learning and always endeavours to enthuse his students with his love of languages. As well as being a great believer in podcasting and learning on the move, José is interested in enhancing teaching and learning using technology to its fullest. He blogs at www.boxoftricks.net.
rln-yoshiko Yoshiko Riddell comes from Shizuoka prefecture on the main Japanese island of Honshu. She has lived in the UK for three years and is keen for more people to experience the joys of the Japanese language, fascinating culture and, in particular, Japanese food (the best in the world!) Yoshiko hopes that One Minute Japanese helps stir a passion among the listeners and they go on to enjoy speaking with other Japanese people or visiting Japan and getting the real experience. どうぞ よろしく!
rln-gordon Gordon Wells works for Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, on the Isle of Skye, but he actually lives beside the beach on the Isle of Benbecula. He’s been involved in teaching Gaelic to students around the world for several years. At one stage he would have students from Australia, Denmark and America all meeting on a Friday morning over the telephone in his bedroom! Gordon takes on the role of Dòmhnall in our One Minute Gaelic series. In his spare time he plays in the new Gaelic rock band Bi Beò. Find out more about Gordon at his blog.


  • Priscilla

    Reply Reply September 22, 2009

    Hi Mark & Kara,

    Coffee Break spanish is awesometastic! Thanks! I’ve also just started Showtime Spanish, which is brilliant too. Love the idea of the telenovela…

  • Aman

    Reply Reply September 23, 2009

    Hi Mark & Kara

    I’m loving the shows – i download them on my iphone and am on lesson 28 (heads shoulders knees and toes….; )

    Just wanted to say you should put your son’s pic up there as a team member too!

    Look forward to more!

    Aman Duggal

  • Nancy Strasser

    Reply Reply September 23, 2009

    Nice to have the pics and bios of all the players. What a talented bunch of instructors!

    Nancy Strasser

  • bon ryan pecaoco

    Reply Reply October 7, 2009

    Where is Anne! from Coffee Break French? to you and you and you!

  • Alyona

    Reply Reply October 9, 2009

    J’aime Coffe Break French! Ou est Anna? Merci!

  • Aman

    Reply Reply October 9, 2009

    i really want to take Kara for a some Vino Tinto!

  • Tabby

    Reply Reply February 19, 2015

    Just want to say how captivating I find CBF. I’ve not used French for years and was always shy about speaking it but wow how my confidence and delight in French have grown!

  • Beatrice

    Reply Reply August 2, 2015

    I speak Italian and Spanish as a native, being born in Italy and having spanish relatives, and I’s just like to say that Mark’s pronunciation of both of them is incredibly good, especially for a native english speaker, since we have so many different sounds. But he’s basically perfect. Good, good, good job Radiolingua!

  • Vicki Zimmerman

    Reply Reply February 14, 2016

    Love your Coffee Break French so much! Merci beaucoup, mom amis!

    Oui, ou est Anna? Mark and Anna have such a friendly repartee and teaching style together. I was hoping to see both of your photos.

    This is a fantastic program and, Mark, you are an OUTSTANDING teacher.

    Warm regards,


  • Suzanne Campbell

    Reply Reply March 3, 2017

    Mark y Cara,
    Me encanta su podcasts!!!! I had studied Spanish in school, many years ago. I used to be quite fluent, but have lost a lot of the language by not practicing for years. I am going on vacation to Cuba, and have been listening to your podcasts for weeks on my commute to work every day. They are so great. You two have a great rapport, and each lesson is thoroughly enjoyable! And best of all, I am feeling more confident about being able to communicate on this vacation.
    This is an awesome way to learn a language.

  • Jim Hind

    Reply Reply May 20, 2017

    Hi Folks,

    Just found Coffee Break Spanish on Spotify….,

    I already have a good grip on the language but have found the lessons a great refresher. I have learned quite a bit (started at 30 now st 60 ) in
    particular on the grammar where a lot of what I had previously learned fell into place.

    Absolutely excellent , Highly recommended

    Many thanks to the Coffe Break Spanish Team

  • Mike

    Reply Reply October 30, 2017

    I would like to know where Anna is also. I’m still at the early stages of cbf French. When will she go missing from my lessons.

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