Dr. Modesto Corderi Novoa defended his Ph.D. dissertation entitled “The impact of performative language teaching on oral skills in a Chinese as a foreign language classroom” on November 17th, 2020 at the University of the Basque Country (UPV EHU).  The thesis committee, which consisted of three members (Dr. Francisco Lorenzo Bergillos (UPO), Dr. Amparo Lázaro Ibarrola (UPNA) and Dr. Aintzane Doiz Bienzobas (UPV/EHU)) gave him the highest mark, “sobresaliente cum laude” and proposed his work for the  Outstanding Ph.D. dissertation award. His Ph.D. was supervised by Professor Dr. María Pilar García Mayo.