Dr Mark Payne B.A., M.Phil., PhD

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Programme Director BA Education, Culture and Childhood
Director MA Language and Education (EDUT220)
Deputy Director MA Applied Professional Studies in Education (EDUT201)

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Mark Payne is Programme Director and Year 1 Co-ordinator of the BA Education, Culture and Childhood and module co-ordinator for the third year Dissertation.

Mark also works across our range of MA, EdD and PhD programmes.

He designed, launched (in 2014) and directs the MA in Language and Education (EDUT220), and teaches one module on the course: Language Acquisition, Learning and Pedagogical Approaches (EDU6345). On the full-time MA, he co-ordinates the Study of Education Programme, a course of 20 lectures designed to complement the suite of five MA courses. He also currently directs the MA in Applied Professional Studies in Education (EDUT201), the follow-on MA for our PGDipEd students with QTS. Mark has been a member of the EdD teaching team since 2006 and teaches predominantly on the Language Learning and Teaching route. He supervises a number of EdD and PhD students.


Research interests

Mark has a background in Modern Foreign Language (MFL) teaching and learning, 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.

Since January 2013, Mark has been investigating the educational, linguistic and social integration of newly-arrived migrant pupils in local schools, particularly children from Slovak Roma backgrounds. His is currently running a five-year longitudinal study funded by Academies and Enterprise Trust (AET) tracking the progress of Slovak Roma pupils through five years of secondary education.

Mark has conducted ethnographic fieldwork visits to Roma communities and primary and secondary schools in Eastern Slovakia, in conjunction with the University of Prešov. In line with anthropological fieldwork approaches, Mark has been learning both Slovak and Eastern-Slovak Romani.
In disseminating his work, Mark has presented his findings at numerous schools around South Yorkshire and beyond, and at various academic conferences and meetings nationally and internationally.

Funded project:

2015-2020: Academies and Enterprise Trust (AET): Funding for 5-year longitudinal research project: Nurturing Slovak Roma Children at Secondary School: A Longitudinal Study



Visiting Scholar:

Erasmus+ Teaching and Research Fellow, Department of Geography and Applied Geo-informatics, University of Prešov, Slovakia 24/4/17 - 5/5/17

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow, University of Bucharest and Hatch Atelier 14/5/17 - 27/5/17

Selected Conference Papers:

15 June 2017, Sheffield Hallam University. Keynote: The Roma Language and Education Tool (RoLET): supporting the educational development of Slovak Roma children in Sheffield. Annual National EAL Conference, Sheffield Hallam University.

17 May 2017, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, University of Bucharest. Conference Paper: A Tale of Two Villages: Exploring issues in the education of Slovak Roma children in Sheffield. Sociological Studies Seminar.

30 January 2017, University of Cambridge. Keynote: On the margins: Slovak Roma Children Negotiating Language and Education in Sheffield. Event: SLEG/PLACE Research Seminar.

Selected Impact and Engagement Events:

30 June 2017: A Tale of Two Villages: Roma Village Contexts and Insights in Eastern Slovakia. Sheffield Council Roma Briefing Conference

7 November 2016, Longley Park 6th Form College, Sheffield. Public Engagement and Impact Presentation: Educational Challenges for Slovak Roma Students in Sheffield

2 September 2016, Firth Park Academy, Sheffield. Public Engagement and Impact Presentation: Educational challenges for Slovak Roma in Sheffield and Slovakia

26 May 2016, Co-operative Academy, Leeds. Public Engagement and Impact Presentation: Educational challenges for Slovak Roma in Sheffield.



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