Dr Mark Payne B.A., M.Phil., PhD
Lecturer in Language Education
Tel: (+44) (0)114 222 8170
Room: 3.06, School of Education
Mark enjoys teaching and values the contact with all his students across all programmes. He aims to make sure that his teaching sessions draw upon relevant, critical and up-to-date linguistic and educational research. Mark believes that sound theory makes for good practice.
Mark has a background in Modern Foreign Language (MFL) teaching, predominantly as a teacher of German and Spanish in secondary schools in Harlow and Cambridge. Therefore, his research interests have centred mainly on issues around second language acquisition, foreign language planning, the teaching and learning of languages and language classroom practices more generally. For his ESRC-funded PhD at the University of Cambridge, Mark investigated foreign language planning in multilingual schools and their communities in London and the Midlands. In his work, Mark has utilized largely exploratory methodologies linked to Grounded Theory, drawn on qualitative interviews, observational and photographic data and worked with both adult and child participants in educational settings. His qualitative data analysis tool of choice is the software package ATLAS/ti and he provides ATLAS support in the School of Education.
Since January 2013, Mark has been investigating the educational, linguistic and social integration of migrant pupils in local schools, particularly newly-arrived children from Slovakian Roma backgrounds. His is currently running a five-year longitudinal study funded by Academies and Enterprise Trust (AET), which explores the nurturing of Slovakian Roma children in a local secondary school and the whole-school and curriculum adjustments and adaptations made in light of the new arrivals.
Mark has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Roma communities and primary and secondary schools in Eastern Slovakia, in conjunction with the University of Prešov.
He presented findings from his research at the IRIS Conference, University of Birmingham in June 2014, and at the WUN Conference, Cape Town, in October 2015. This work is situated within the wider field of sociolinguistics and globalization, and contributes to debates on social and educational superdiversity.
Related to his research but on a more personal level, Mark has worked in Calais, France, on three occasions for the charity SALAM (Soutenons, Aidons, Luttons, Agissons pour les Migrants et les pays en difficulté) whose mission is to aid the migrants camped out there on the edge of the town. This work has involved helping out with the preparation of 800+ meals daily and the subsequent distribution of the food and other aid to the migrants. During his time in Calais, Mark has been privileged to hear first-hand accounts of often perilous migration journeys.
Due to his ongoing work, Mark has been interviewed on both BBC local radio and BBC television about the Slovakian Roma, his work in Calais and migration issues more widely.
Conferences and Presentations
30 January 2017, University of Cambridge. Keynote Lecture: On the margins: Slovak Roma Children Negotiating Language and Education in Sheffield. Event: SLEG/PLACE Research Seminar.
3 January 2017, Longley Park 6th Form College, Sheffield. Public Engagement and Impact Presentation: The Slovak Roma: Life in Slovakia
7 November 2016, Longley Park 6th Form College, Sheffield. Public Engagement and Impact Presentation: Educational Challenges for Slovak Roma Students in Sheffield
5 October 2016, Hinde House School, Sheffield. Public Engagement and Impact Presentation: Challenges for the Slovak Roma in Sheffield and Slovakia
2 September 2016, Firth Park Academy, Sheffield. Public Engagement and Impact Presentation: Educational challenges for Slovak Roma in Sheffield and Slovakia
18 July 2016, University of Lincoln. Keynote Lecture: On the margins: Slovak Roma Children Negotiating Education in Sheffield. Event: Welcoming Voices Symposium, 18 July, 2016
17 June 2016, University of Murcia. Conference Paper: Invisible Repertoires: Slovak Roma Children Negotiating Secondary School in Sheffield. Event: Sociolinguistics Symposium 21, 15-18 June, 2016.
31 May 2016, University of Sheffield. Paper: Educational challenges for Slovak Roma in Sheffield and Bystrany-Slovakia. Event: School of Education, University of Sheffield, Research Seminar.
26 May 2016, Co-operative Academy, Leeds. Public Engagement and Impact Presentation: Educational challenges for Slovak Roma in Sheffield.
28 April 2016, Sheffield Hallam University. Keynote Lecture: Educational Challenges for Slovak Roma in Sheffield and Bystrany-Slovakia. Event: Migration, Culture and Community Workshop
9 December 2015, Firth Park Academy, Sheffield. Public Engagement and Impact Presentation: Migration and Immigration: Enabling participation of Slovak Roma pupils. Yorkshire Outstanding Teachers Event
16 October 2015, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Conference Paper: Problematizing Linguistic Landscaping Research: The Hidden Language of Page Hall, Sheffield. World Universities Network (WUN) Conference: Multilingualism and Mobilities - Understanding Globalization.
29 June 2015, University of Sheffield. Conference Paper: From periphery to centre: nurturing Slovakian Roma children at secondary school. World Universities Network (WUN) Conference: Multilingualism and Mobility in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
25 June 2015, Co-operative Academy, Leeds. Public Engagement and Impact Presentation: One week in Slovakia.
22 April 2015, University of Prešov. Slovakia. Keynote Lecture: Migration and Immigration: The Slovakian Roma in Sheffield.
13 February 2015, Firth Park Academy, Sheffield. Public Engagement and Impact Presentation: Migration and Immigration: The integration of Roma Slovak pupils into a secondary school in Sheffield.
25 June 2014, University of Birmingham. Conference Paper: The integration of Roma Slovak pupils into secondary schooling in Sheffield: A case of school superdiversity? Event: Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRIS) Conference: Superdiversity: Theory, Method and Practice, 23-25 June, 2014.
31 January 2014, University of Sheffield. Keynote Lecture: An exploratory study of the integration of Roma children into secondary school education in the UK: A case study of pupils in a Sheffield school. Event: Faculty of Social Sciences Migration Research Group Launch Symposium: Patterns and Pathways in European Union Migration and Mobility since 2004.
18 May 2013, Manchester Grammar School. Keynote Lecture: MFL Teachers Teaching Classics: The Sheffield-Cambridge Latin Short Course. Event: Joint Association of Classical Teachers Annual Conference
5 September 2012, University of Manchester. Conference Paper: Assessment for Learning (AfL): How have AFL practices impacted upon the substantive content of lessons? Event: British Educational Research Association Conference (BERA), 4-6 September, 2012.
4 September 2012, University of Manchester. Conference Paper: Criticality and the Masters in Teaching and Learning (MTL). Event: British Educational Research Association Conference (BERA), 4-6 September, 2012.
9 June 2011, University of Sheffield. Paper: Exploring Stephen Krashen’s ‘i+1’ Model in the Classroom. Event: Department of Education Seminar Series.
27 January 2009, University of Sheffield. Paper: An investigation of Japanese communicative language pedagogy. Event: Department of Education Seminar Series.
11 September 2008, University of Swansea. Conference Paper: An investigation of Japanese communicative language pedagogy. Event: British Association of Applied Linguistics Conference (BAAL), 11-13 September, 2008.
16 September 2004, UMIST Manchester. Conference Paper: Researching Foreign Language Provision within the Context of the Multilingual School and Community. Event: British Educational Research Association Conference (BERA), 15-18 September, 2004.
8 July 2004, University of Southampton. Conference Paper: Foreign Language Planning and Provision in the Context of the Multilingual School and Community in England. Event: Language and the Future of Europe: Ideologies, Policies and Practices, 8-10 July, 2004.
12 May 2003, University of Cambridge. Paper: A Study of Language Diversification within the Context of a Diverse School Community. Event: The Second Language Education Group (SLEG) Seminar Series, University of Cambridge
2015-2020: Academies and Enterprise Trust (AET): Funding for 5-year longitudinal research project: Nurturing Slovak Roma Children at Secondary School: A Longitudinal Study
2015-2016: Academies and Enterprise Trust (AET): Funding for research project: The Educational, Linguistic and Social Integration of the Roma Slovak Children at Firth Park Academy.
2014-2015: World Universities Network (WUN) Research Development Fund: Funding for project: Multilingualism & Mobility in the Northern & Southern Hemispheres.
2013-2014: Sheffield Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE). Funding for research project: An exploratory study of the linguistic and educational integration of Slovakian children into secondary school education in the UK.
2009-2011: Teacher Development Agency (TDA). Funding for Sheffield University World Languages Project.
2006-2007: ESRC and TLRP Research Fellow. One-year Research Fellowship in collaboration with the University of Cambridge 2008.
2001-2004: Economic and Social Research Council Award No. R42200134362. Full studentship to study for a PhD at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.