Marta Guarda

Marta Guarda
Eurac Research · Institute for Applied Linguistics

Doctor of Philosophy
I am currently working on a research and teacher training initiative on plurilingual education at Eurac Research (Italy)

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Introduction
I am currently conducting research on plurilingual and intercultural education. My research interests also include translanguaging, English as a lingua franca (ELF), English-Medium Instruction, internationalisation of education, applied corpus linguistics, and the use of new technologies for the development of language skills and intercultural competence.
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October 2020 - present
Eurac Research
Position
  • Senior Researcher
Description
  • I am currently responsible for a research and teacher training initiative on plurilingual education (COMPASS: Didactic Competences in the Multilingual Classroom). Embedded in the project "One school, many languages" (SMS 2.0), COMPASS aims to support teams of teachers from both German- and Italian-speaking schools in South Tyrol in making the most of the increasing linguist heterogeneity of their classes and to accompany them on their way towards an increasingly inclusive didactic practice.
January 2017 - September 2021
University of Padova
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Besides teaching, I'm doing research on the practices and perspectives of students enrolled on English-taught Programmes at the University of Padova. Aims: to explore students' perspectives on learning through English; to investigate how students from different linguaculture backgrounds use an academic lingua franca to negotiate knowledge and construct meanings in increasingly multilingual classrooms.
November 2013 - March 2015
University of Padova
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • In 2013 the University's Language Centre set up the LEAP project so as to support lecturers involved in English-medium Instruction by identifying their needs and by offering different support options. The ultimate aim of the project is to propose a medium-long term strategy to support EMI at the University of Padova.

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Publications (28)
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Plurilingual and intercultural education requires specific skills from teaching staff. The "Framework for theory and research on plurilingual didactic competences" is an attempt to describe the competences (grouped within three macro-areas, namely Knowledge, Skills, and Commitment) that teachers involved in plurilingual and intercultural education...
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Mehrsprachige und interkulturelle Bildung erfordert spezifische Kompetenzen von Lehrkräften. Dieser Referenzrahmen veruscht, eine Beschreibung der Kompetenzen anzubieten, die Lehrpersonen im Bereich der Mehrsprachigkeitsdidaktik (oder auf dem Weg dorthin) besitzen sollten. Diese Kompetenzen (hier in drei Bereiche gruppiert, nämlich Wissen, Können...
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L'educazione plurilingue e interculturale richiede competenze specifiche da parte del personale insegnante. Il "Quadro di riferimento per la teoria e la ricerca sulle competenze didattiche plurilingui" COMPASS mira a delineare le competenze (raggruppate in tre macroaree: Conoscenze, Abilità e Missione) che gli/le insegnanti coinvolti/e nella didatt...
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This book offers a window into student perceptions of English-Medium Instruction (EMI), building on research from an Italian university to provide a better understanding of attitudes toward EMI in Europe and future directions for cross-country comparative research. The volume provides context on the current situation with EMI in Italy, unpacking d...
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This chapter explores student translanguaging practices in English-medium Instruction (EMI) at the University of Padova in northern Italy. The study presented in this chapter involved the observation and audio-recording of six two-hour EMI lessons from different disciplines. The authors chose classes in which they had been informed by lecturers tha...
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Drawing on data gathered through a questionnaire, interviews and a focus group, this paper reports on a study conducted at an Italian university to investigate the perceptions of students enrolled on a variety of English-taught programmes. The paper outlines the main themes that emerged with regard to the students’ perceptions of the differences be...
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Purpose Drawing on Fang’s (2012) Yin Yang theory of culture while taking up the roadmap proposed by Li (2016) for applying the epistemological system of Yin Yang balancing to complex issues in management research, in general, and to paradoxical issues, in particular, the purpose of this paper is to explore how organizations and individuals in the...
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English is increasingly used as a medium of instruction in European higher education not only in northern countries, but also in the European ‘south’. This volume is fruit of a project which was carried out in a public university based in the north-east of Italy with the aim of delivering professional development for university lecturers engaged in...
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The chapter describes the research study which was carried out at the University of Padova as part of the LEAP (Learning English for Academic Purposes) project. It begins with the rationale of the project followed by a brief review of the literature as regards professional development and lecturer needs in English-medium instruction (EMI). Then a d...
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The aim of this paper is to explore how a shift1 in the language of teaching and learning can lead university lecturers of a range of disciplines to reflect on and innovate their teaching approaches. The paper is based on a case study of a single university in the north of Italy which is gradually becoming a bilingual higher education institute. Th...
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Full text can be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.14705/rpnet.2015.9781908416292
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English Medium Instruction (EMI) is increasingly being introduced across European universities in countries where English is not a commonly-used language, such as Italy and other central and southern European countries. However the competences and concerns of the lecturers involved are not always considered when such developments are introduced and...
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This paper explores the educational effects of the Soliya Connect Program on the development of participants' intercultural critical awareness. The Connect Program is a telecollaboration project developed and run by Soliya, an international non-profit organization which aims at fostering cross-cultural dialogue among university students in the West...
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This paper investigates the language used by a group of Italian advanced EFL learners participating in a private online discussion forum with a group of American university students: using corpus analysis tools, all the contributions to the online debate were investigated to explore which linguistic patterns and pragmatic strategies were used by bo...
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Sin dagli inizi degli anni '90 del ventesimo secolo, la sempre maggior diffusione del computer e l'avvento di internet hanno favorito la nascita di una nuova forma di comunicazione che permette di superare le tradizionali barriere spaziali e temporali, e che gli studiosi hanno chiamato Comunicazione Mediata dal Computer (in inglese, Computer-Mediat...
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Since the early 1990s, the increasing availability of the computer and the advent of the Internet have led to a new form of communication which helps overcome the limits of time and space, namely that which researchers and scholars refer to as Computer-Mediated-Communication (CMC). The aim of this paper is to provide a brief description of CMC, its...

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Project
COMPASS (Didactic Competences in the Multilingual Classroom) is a two-year research and training initiative embedded in the project Sprachenvielfalt macht Schule (SMS 2.0) by Eurac Research. The initiative aims to support teams of teachers of German and Italian-speaking primary schools in making the most of the increasing linguistic heterogeneity of their classes and to accompany them on their way towards an increasingly inclusive and participatory plurilingual didactic practice. For more information please visit: https://sms-project.eurac.edu/
Archived project
English-medium Instruction was introduced at the University of Padova in 2009 and great effort has been made to increase the number of courses taught through English. A more recent concern has been to ensure that the courses taught through English are of the same quality as courses taught in Italian. At the request of the International Relations Office, in 2013 the University of Padova Language Centre set up the LEAP project as part of the University’s internationalization project. The objectives of the LEAP project are to support lecturers who are holding their courses in English by identifying their needs and by offering different support options. The ultimate aim of the project is to propose a medium-long term strategy to support English-medium Instruction at the University of Padova.