Profesionales de la Educación Bilingüe

Principals and coordinators group

Ms. Lucía Ábalos Álvarez



Mrs. Lucía Ábalos Álvarez is a Deputy Head teacher at a bilingual primary state school in Madrid and has been a bilingual programme coordinator for more than seven years. She is also a university professor at the UCJC (English Teacher Training Degree) and at the UFV (Bilingual Education Master).

She studied at an Italian bilingual school in Madrid, and graduated with degrees in English Teacher Training and Educational Psychology.

She has thirteen years of teaching and coordinating experience in bilingual primary schools both in the UK and in Spain and has attended numerous events based on bilingual school management, such as Primary Languages Show (UK); bilingual endorsement at the Institute for Innovation in Second Language Education (Canada); leading research-based bilingual programmes, at George Mason University (USA)…

She has taught/presented a wide range of international courses about leading bilingual programmes: FLT methodology in schools (UK), teaching approaches for MFL (UK), one-week residential course for British bilingual teachers (Tordesillas), learning rhythms in a bilingual classroom (CTIF Madrid), new perspectives in foreign languages (UCM Madrid), get in touch with a twin school through ICT, (CRIF Madrid), science in bilingual classrooms (CTIF Madrid), leadership course for bilingual programme coordinators (CRIF Madrid)…

Leading Bilingual Programmes


How can we lead bilingual programmes? How can I improve as a teacher leader? In what ways does your teacher leadership foster growth and empowerment in others?
These are the main questions that we will explore during our conference about bilingual programme leadership.
The following are key aspects of bilingual school programmes we will be talking about and analysing in a very practical way, so you can all hopefully go back to your schools and put everything into practice:
– Bilingual team meeting planning,
– Expectations, duties and linguistic contributions of language assistants,
– Families, students and colleagues motivation,- Language-cognition connection,
– Action plans or action research plans to help my school improve.

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