Some of the world’s leading academics in the field of bilingual research will be speaking at the II International Conference on Bilingual Teaching in Educational Institutions to be held at the Rey Juan Carlos University (Vicálvaro Campus) in Madrid on the 20th, 21th and 22th of October, 2011.
Kay Bentley has been involved in Primary and Secondary bilingual programmes since 1997. She has wide experience of teaching learners and working with teachers in CLIL contexts. She regularly trains teachers from Comunidad de Madrid and from Catalunya on four and ten–week CLIL courses in Norwich and is a tutor on an MA CLIL module. She chairs the University of Cambridge ESOL TKT: CLIL module and is currently an ESOL consultant for the cross-curricular section of a new Egyptian Schools programme.
Kay has written several articles on CLIL as well as on-line CLIL materials and booklets on teaching subjects through English for ESOL. She reviews CLIL materials and is a published author for CUP. Her latest book, The TKT Course CLIL Module is being used as a basis for some European CLIL training programmes. She is a regular speaker at international CLIL conferences.
To maintain some classroom contact with non-native English speakers, she teaches and coordinates a group of teenage refugees in Norwich.
is Professor in Learning Innovation at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Formerly at Nottingham University, she led an initial teacher education programme for future CLIL teachers, a Master’s programme for CLIL and supervised doctoral students in the field. Do is internationally renowned for her work in CLIL pedagogies and acts as advisor and consultant to ministries and organisations on a global scale. She is involved in a wide range of European initiatives and has published extensively in the field, including the national guidelines for CLIL.
Her main research interests lie in furthering classroom pedagogies. Do’s current research involves teacher-learner networks for analysing effective CLIL practice using digital tools and virtual spaces. She is also carrying out collaborative research with colleagues in Austria and Australia to investigate pluriliteracies in CLIL settings and has launched an on-line Masters in Plurilingual Education.
Professor in the Department of Psychology at McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Fred Genesee is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at McGill University, Montreal, where he has worked since 1978. He has carried out research on some of the first immersion programs implemented in Canada and has helped educators around the world develop their own immersion programs. His work has sought to debunk persistent myths surrounding bilingualism and second language acquisition in early childhood.
Dr. Genesee’s current research interests include language acquisition in preschool bilingual children, internationally adopted children, and the language and academic development of at-risk students attending bilingual programs.
Dr. Genesee is the author of numerous professional and scientific research reports and books, including Learning Through Two Languages: Studies of Immersion and Bilingual Education (1987), Educating Second Language Children (1994), Classroom Based Evaluation in Second Language Education (1996), Beyond Bilingualism: Multilingualism and Multilingual Education (1998), Dual Language Instruction: A Handbook for Enriched Education (2000), Trends in Bilingual Acquisition (2000), and Dual Language Development and Disorders (2004).
He has served as a consultant on second/foreign language and bilingual education in countries around the world, including Japan, Spain, Germany, Estonia, Hong Kong, Latvia, Switzerland, Russia, and Italy.
Former Director General for Quality Improvement in Teaching of the Department of Education of the Madrid Regional Government, Spain.
Xavier Gisbert Da Cruz has a degree in French Philology from the Complutense University of Madrid and is Professor of French. He has carried out most of his teaching career in different secondary education schools in Andalucía and Madrid. From 1997 to 2000 he held posts in the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture such as technical advisor, counselor and Head of the Cabinet of the General Secretary of Education. After a short period in the National Institute for Assesment and Quality of the Education System (INECSE), he was appointed Counselor of Education in the Spanish Embassy of London and Dublin, post that he held until 2004. He later headed the Regional Centre of Innovation and Training “Las Acacias” and, from 2007 to 2011, he has been Director General for Quality Improvement in Teaching of the Department of Education of the Madrid Regional Government.
During his stay in the United Kingdom, he was a member of the “International Learning and Research Centre Advisory Committee” and the “MFL Consultative Committee for ITT”. He has directed and taught in-training courses, many of them related with language teaching and learning. He has also directed publications and studies such as“Estrategia Nacional de Lenguas para Inglaterra”, “Reforma Educativa en Inglaterra. Etapa 14-19”, “La Dirección de los Centros Escolares”, “Institutos Especializados en Inglaterra”, “El País de Gales. Sistema Educativo”, “Irlanda del Norte. Sistema Educativo”. Xavier Gisbert has published different articles concerning education and his experience in both the national and international field is outstanding.
Dr. Lid King
Dr Lid King has extensive experience in language teaching, materials development and examining at secondary level, and in adult and higher education. As Director of CILT (1992-2003), he played a major part in expanding the work of the organisation, spearheading a range of national and European projects, including the establishment of the Comenius network and the initiation of support for Primary Languages. He was centrally involved in the development of support services on languages to British business, and the establishment of a Languages National Training Organisation in 1997.
In September 2003, he took up the post of National Director for Languages with responsibility for the effective implementation of the National Languages Strategy, and its centrepiece of an entitlement to language learning for all pupils in Primary Schools. Between 2006 and 2007, Lid worked with Lord Dearing on the “Languages Review” of which he is co-author. He has extensive experience of languages both in the UK and Europe and has worked for the Council of Europe and led major European Projects.