Mark Shea entered the second language teaching field in 2001. Since that time he has been a graduate student, test developer, teacher, trainer and program administrator, but one constant has been his work as a classroom English language instructor.
After teaching TOEFL for 3 years in the Czech Republic, he returned to the United States and taught ESL for learners in K-6, college, and workplace contexts. Mark received his Master’s degree in Linguistics from Georgetown University in 2007. In 2011, he received his Ph.D. in Second Language Studies from Michigan State University. While at MSU, he worked as an ESL instructor and taught second language pedagogy courses in the College of Education.
Mark has served as Mount Holyoke’s ESOL Coordinator since 2011. Mark has presented on topics related to second language acquisition and pedagogy at conferences such as the American Association of Applied Linguistics and the Second Language Research Forum. His research and professional interests include second language writing, the measurement of complexity, accuracy and fluency in second language development, language assessment and teacher education.