Plenary talk (Madrid, Spain)
Mark gave a plenary talk at Trinity College London's 6th Annual Language Education Forum, in the company of an audience of educators, policy makers and researchers alongside the British Ambassador to Spain and Andorra. The events was held in the beautiful Casino de Madrid.
Mark has published his latest research on language assessments and bilingual education. The article is titled 'The Impact of International Speaking and Listening Assessments on Primary School Learning: Insights from Survey Research.'
The article has been published by the Spanish Government's Department of Education, Culture and Science (MECD) and National Centre of Educational Innovation & Research (CNIIE) in a new edited book titled 'Bilingual Education: Trends and Key Concepts/Educacíon Bilinguë: Tendencies Educativas y Concepts Claves', which brings together 23 articles on current thinking in bilingual education both in Spain and internationally. The book is edited by Professor Richard Johnstone and Dr Maria Elena Gómez Parra.
Penary talk (Córdoba, Spain)
Mark was delighted to be invited to be one of the plenary speakers at the 3rd International Conference on Bilingual Education. His plenary was titled 'Language impacts in bilingual education: impacts, effects and effectiveness.' An abstract of the talk is available here. He followed his talk with a round table discussion together with fellow plenary speakers Professor Richard Johnstone, Professor Do Coyle, Professor José Luis Ortega Martín, Dr Teresa Ting on the future of bilingual education. The talk was chaired by Dr Maria Elena Gómez Parra.
Mark's talk introduced his forthcoming research on the impacts of assessments on bilingual education. The event was held in collaboration with the Government of Spain, the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, the Secretary of State for Education, Professional Training and Universities and the National Institute for Innovation and Educational Innovation.
Round Table (Madrid, Spain)
Mark sat as a specialist in language assessment at the Round Table event at Trinity College London's 6th Annual Language Education Forum.
The round table brought together 30 experts in language education and assessment from across Spain and internationally for a productive discussion in technical areas of education and a productive discussion on the future of bilingual education and policy in Spain.