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Prof. Charles Briffa
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Dr Briffa is senior lecturer at the University of Malta. He studied at the University of Malta graduating B.A. (Hons) in English (1973) and M.A. (1980). He also obtained a post-graduate certificate in education (1979) and a diploma in the teaching of Arabic (1982). In 1987 he was nominated vocational scholar by Rotary International and he carried out research studies at post-graduate level in occupational and adult education in Oklahoma State University. In 1996 he graduated Ph.D. from the UoM with his work on Maltese literature.

He taught all levels from primary to tertiary, and his subjects were English, Maltese, Arabic, and Systems of Knowledge. After teaching at Stella Maris College (1973-1977), in 1978 he joined the education department, becoming assistant head of school in 1990. In 1992 he joined the Matsec Support Unit of UoM as principal subject area officer for languages and in the meantime he taught Maltese Literature with the Department of Maltese, Faculty of Arts. In 2007 he became a full-time member of the Department of Translation and Interpreting of the University of Malta. At the moment he lectures on the theory and practice of Translation (with the Department of Translation and Interpreting) and on Maltese Literature (with the Department of Maltese) with the Faculty of Arts (University of Malta). He also lectures on Maltese authors with the University of the Third Age.

Since 1983 he has been involved in broadcasting literary and linguistic programmes on the radio and on television. In 1987 he became member of the editorial board of  The Malta Year Book, then in 1999 he became the general editor of Malta’s cultural encyclopedia the Kullana Kulturali and at the moment he is the literary editor of the Kullana għat-Tfal and of the Kullana ta’ Klassiċi. He takes part in international conferences dealing with creativity, assessment, language and literature and in the past has made several presentations (e.g. in Oklahoma, Fiji, Dublin, Naples, Messina, and Malta). He is a literary critic and wrote extensively on the stylistic qualities of Maltese poetry and literary prose works. He has written many reviews and articles that appeared in local and foreign journals like World Literature Today and Language and Literature. Briffa publishes both in English and in Maltese.

He is a member of the Poetics and Linguistics Association (UK), member of The Association of Literary Scholars and Critics (Boston), member of the Association of Commonwealth Examination and Accreditation Bodies (ACEAB), member of the Association of Educational Assessment-Europe (AEA-E), and member of the Mediterranean Studies Association (MSA). He is also a member of the Akkademja tal-Malti and of the Kunsill Nazzjonali ta’ l-Ilsien Malti, and member of the Lasallian Sector Council for Education of the De La Salle Brothers (Malta).

The following is a list of his published works:

Books on Maltese Literature
  • Ħsieb u Kitba (1990)
  • Tevor Zahra: A Childhood of Delight (1992, co-author Ġorġ Mallia)
  • Żagħżugħ fuq Vjaġġ (1994)
  • Ħassieb Serju (1994)
  • Il-Kisba tat-Tmiem (1994)
  • Fil-Qalba tat-Tronġiet (1994, co-author Mario Cassar, Ġorġ Mallia)
  • Poeta tas-Sengħa (1994)
  • Lingwa u Stil (1994)
  • Lubien ta’ Trevor Zahra: Żewġ Studji Kritiċi (1996, co-author Mario Cassar)
  • Il-Proża tal-Femminiżmu (1998)
  • Il-Proża bħala Komunikazzjoni Soċjali (1998)
  • Il-Proża bħala Arti (1998)
  • Il-Proża fl-Arti Drammatika (1998)
  • Is-Sengħa tas-Snajja’ (1998)
  • In-Novella Maltija (1999)
  • Id-Dinja ta’ “Ineż Farruġ“ (2001)
  • L-Analiżi Kritika tal-Proża (2001)
  • Rhythmic Patterns in Maltese Literature (2001)
  • Il-Kotba għat-Tfal (2002, co-author Trevor Zahra, Ġorġ Mallia)
  • Ir-Rumanz Malti sa Nofs is-Seklu Għoxrin (2003)
  • Ir-Rumanz Malti fit-Tieni Nofs tas-Seklu Għoxrin (2004)
  • Il-Proża għaż-Żona tal-Karattru (2006)
  • Il-Letteratura (2006 – Kullana għat-Tfal)
  • Travelling between Shadows (2007)
Books on language
  • Qed Tifhem? (1989)
  • Ħsieb u Kitba  (1990)
  • Facets of English for Advanced Students (1992, co-author Arthur J. Bezzina)
  • Nibda Nikteb Aħjar (1996, co-author)
  • Man and Symbols (1990, co-author)
  • Lingwa u Stil (1994)
  • Il-Bilingwiżmu f’Malta (1994)
  • L-Oral tal-Malti (1999, co-author)
  • Aspetti ta’ l-Istruttura tal-Malti Modern (2006)
  • Aspetti ta’ l-Istruttura tal-Paragrafu fil-Malti (2007)
Articles on Maltese Literature
  • “Ir-Rumanz Malti” in Neo (1989) and in Ir-Rabta bejn l-Awtur u s-Soċjetà (1996)
  •  “L-Ambjent fil-Letteratura tat-Tfal” introduction to Ġoġo Rummiena (ed.1991)
  • “Ħabib il-Batut, Għadu ta’ Kull Ħażen” introduction to L-Avventuri ta’ Robin Hood (1992)
  •  “No Mere Collection of Words and Grammar” in The Malta Year Book 1991 (1992)
  • “Peace Defence in Human Minds” in The Malta Year Book 1992 (1993)
  • “The Voice of a Nation’s Conscience: Oliver Friggieri’s Fiction in Recent Maltese Literature” in World Literature Today (1997)
  • “Malta’s Folk Culture” in The Malta Year Book 1995 (1995)
  • “Random thoughts on some Local Books” in The Malta Year Book 1996 (1996)
  • Entries on literary authors in Maltese Biographies of the Twentieth Century (1997)
  • “Sound and Sense in Minor Poets” in The Malta Year Book 1997 (1997)
  • “The Pangs of Birth” in The Malta Year Book 1998 (1998)
  • “L-Istilistika” in Lingwa u Lingwistika (1998)
  • “Maltese Fictional Prose Forms” in Journal of Maltese Studies (1998)
  • “Mill-Esperiment ta’ l-Imħabba” introduction to Ilkoll ta’ Nisel Wieħed (ed.1998)
  • “Oliver Friggieri Poeta ta’ l-Umanità” introduction to Poeżiji ta’ Oliver Friggieri (1998)
  • “Ebejer, Francis” in  Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century (Vol 2, 1999)
  • “Friggieri, Oliver” in  Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century (Vol 2, 1999)
  • “Psaila, Carmelo” in  Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century (Vol 3, 1999)
  • “Maltese Literature” in  Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century (Vol 3, 1999)
  • “The Mind-style of Maltese Doctor-Authors” in The Malta Year Book 1999 (1998)
  • “L-Istrateġija Psikostilistika f’Dun Karm” in Il-Malti (2000)
  • “Joe Agius Ruggier” in Il-Malti (2000)
  • “Parodija ta’ l-Ordni Soċjali” in Il-Malti (2000)
  • “Meta Kollox ma’ Qalbna Jinġieb” in Il-Malti (2000)
  • “Is-Sengħa tal-Kitba in Beżgħat” introduction to Beżgħat (ed.2000)
  • “Il-Lingwa ta’ Ebejer” introduction to Il-Ġaħan ta’ Binġemma (ed. 2000)
  • “Investigazzjoni Stilistika tal-Kantilena” in Il-Kitba bil-Malti sa l-1870 (2001)
  • “Nota dwar din l-Edizzjoni” introduction to Ineż Farruġ (ed. 2001)
  • “Literature: into the Future” in The Malta Year Book 2000 (2000)
  • “Il-Brikkun Letterarju ta’ Ebejer” introduction to Il-Ġaħan ta’ Binġemma (ed. 2002)
  • “Loiterature or Fixed Structures in a Novel” in Creative Thinking, An Indispensable Asset for a Successful Future (2002)
  • “Il-Moderniżmu: Proġett mhux Mitmum” introduction to Jiflu Żmienhom (2003)
  • “Ir-Rumanz Storiku f’Idejn Aquilina” introduction to Taħt Tliet Saltniet (ed. 2003)
  • “A Leap into Probability” in The Malta Year Book 2002 (2002)
  • “Maltese Feminine Prose” in The Malta Year Book 2003 (2003)
  • “Ninu Cremona, A Man for a Nation” in The Malta Year Book 2004 (2004)
  • “A Brief History of Maltese Literature” in Malta: Roots of a Nation (2004)
  • “It-Trabokk tal-Ħsieb: Requiem for a Malta Fascist” in Requiem għal Seħbi Faxxista (2004)
  • “The Design of Trevor Zahra’s Creative Prose” in The Malta Year Book 2005 (2005)
  • “Assessing the Learning of Literature” in The Malta Year Book 2006 (2006)
  • “A Ramble with a Book” in The Malta Year Book 2006 (2006)
  • “Ir-Raġuni Titrijonfa” introduction to Gino Lombardi’s Id mill-Ġenna (2006)
  • “Jinċana l-Ħsieb” introduction to some poems in Louis Briffa’s Bil-Varloppa (2006)
  • “Imut kuljum bla Serħ u Sliem” introduction to Paul P.Borg’s rajt ’l alla jibki (2007)
  • “Is-Sejħa taż-Żmien” introduction to Joseph Vella Bondin’s plays Kull Ġieħ u Glorja/Dawk li fuq l-Iġfna Jbaħħru (2007)
Articles on language
  • “Maltese Orthography: Uniformity through Etymology or Phonology” in The Malta Year Book 1989 (1990)
  • “Bilingualism: The Maltese Experience” in The Malta Year Book 1990 (1991)
  • “Varieties of English and Maltese” in The Malta Year Book 1993 (1994)
  • “Study of Languages” in The Malta Year Book 2000 (2000)
  • “L-Importanza tal-Lingwi fid-Dinja” in Il-Malti (2000)
  • “Il-Malti fit-Tieni Millennju” in Il-Malti (2000)
  • “Il-Malti fl-Edukazzjoni” in Il-Malti (2001)
  • “Il-Ħidma ta’ l-Akkademja tal-Malti favur l-Ilsien Malti” in Il-Malti (2001)
  • “Id-Dokument Konsultattiv dwar l-Ilsien Malti fix-Xandir” in Il-Malti (2001)
  • “Tnedija tat-Tipa Maltija” in Il-Malti (2001)
  • “Politika dwar il-Lingwa Maltija u l-Letteratura Tagħha” in Il-Malti (2001)
  • “Brief History of Akkademja tal-Malta” in The Malta Year Book 2001 (2001)
  • “La langue maltaise: un present porteur d’avenir” in Le Jardin d’Essai (The Institute for Maltese Culture, Paris, 2001)
  • “The Maltese Language” in Treasures of Malta (Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti in association with the Malta Tourism Authority, 2001)
  •  “Relevance of the Maltese Language in European Context” in The Malta Year Book 2001 (2001)
  • “Small Languages in Europe” in The Malta Year Book 2002 (2002)
  • “Il-Malti fil-Ġurnaliżmu Miktub u Mitkellem” in Il-Malti (2005)
  • “It-Tagħlim u t-Tisħiħ tal-Malti bil-Mezzi Moderni” in Il-Malti (2005)
  • An article on orthographic variants in Innaqqsu l-Inċertezzi Vol 1 (2007) and another one in Innaqqsu l-Inċertezzi Vol 2 (2008)
  • “Mis-Semantika Maltija: Termini Deskrittivi bil-Malti għall-Kuluri” in Symposia Melitensia (University of Malta, No. 4, Malta 2007)
Readers/Translations
  • Poter u Glorja (1991, translation of Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory)
  • Teżor fl-Imħabba (1992)
  • L-Avventuri ta’ Robin Hood (1992)
  • Requiem għal Sieħbi Faxxista (2004, translation of Francis Ebejer’s Requiem to a Malta Fascist)
  • L-Għaqda Sigrieta tas-Sebgħa (2006, translation of Enid Blyton’s The Secret Seven)
  • L-Avventura tas-Sebgħa (2006, translation of Enid Blyton’s  Secret Seven Adventure)
  • Ħamsa fuq Gżira tat-Teżor (2006, translation of Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five: Five on a Treasure Island)
  • Ħamsa Jerġgħu Jmorru fuq Avventura (2006, translation of Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five: Five Go Adventuring Again)
  • Ħamsa Jaħarbu Flimkien (2006, translation of Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five: Five Run Away Together)
Published material on education
  • Guiding Star (1997)
  • “The Junior College and Educational Change” in The Malta Year Book 1996 (1996)
  • “The Maltese Teacher in the Nineties” in The Malta Year Book 1997 (1997)
  • Nirbħu l-Fiduċja tat-Tfal u ż-Żgħażagħ (2000, translation of Francis X. Walton’s, Robert L.Powers’s Winning Children Over and Francis X. Walton’s Winning Teenagers Over in Home and School)
  • “The Study of Languages” in The Malta Year Book 2000 (2000)
  • “Assessing Literature at Secondary School Level: the Malta Experience” in F.Ventura and G.Grima, editors, Contemporary Issues in Educational Assessment (ACEAB and the University of Malta, 2003)
  • “Communication between Parents and School” in The Malta Year Book 2003  (2003)
  • “Democracy in a Maltese School: The Parents’ Experience” in the Malta Year Book 2004 (2004)
  • “Matsec Standards in the Writing of the English Language Composition at SEC Level” (2004 – Matsec Website)
  • “Assessing School-based Material and Non-written Work” (2005 – AEA-Europe website)
  •  “Curriculum Design and Evaluation” (2006 – AEA-Europe website)
Edited works
  • Edited all the 72 volumes in the series Il-Kullana Kulturali and wrote a different preface for each volume
  • Regoli tal-Kitba tal-Malti  (Akkademja tal-Malti, Malta, 1998, 2001)
  • Il-Malti (Akkademja tal-Malti, Malta, 2000)
  • Il-Malti (Akkademja tal-Malti, Malta, 2001)
  • Anton Manwel Caruana’s Ineż Farruġ (Klabb Kotba Maltin, 2001, annotated)
  • Ilsien Qadim f’Millennju Ġdid (Akkademja tal-Malti and the Ministry of Education, Malta, 2000)
  • Art Għammiela: Rakkonti Maltin I  (Agius & Agius, Malta, 2000, annotated)
  • Raba’ Saqwi: Rakkonti Maltin II  (Agius & Agius, Malta, 2000, annotated )
  • Mixtla Ward: Rakkonti Maltin III  (Agius & Agius, Malta, 2000, annotated)
  • Francis Ebejer’s Il-Ġaħan ta’ Binġemma (Klabb Kotba Maltin, 2002, annotated)
  • Brother Henry’s Qwiel Maltin (De La Salle Publications, Malta, 2003, revised)
  • Brother Henry’s Grammatika Matlija (De La Salle Publications, Malta, 2003, revised)
  • Jiflu Żmienhom: Ġabra ta’ Kitbiet tal-Poeżijaplus (Klabb Kotba Maltin, 2003, annotated
  • Ġużè Aquilina’s Taħt Tliet Saltniet (Klabb Kotba Maltin, 2003)
  • Tagħrif fuq il-Kitba Maltija II (Akkademja tal-Malti, 2004)
  • Il-Kullana għat-Tfal (2007-2008): a series of 15 volumes on specific topics aimed for children (9-11 years)
  • The Classics in Translation (2007- ): a series of translated classical works into Maltese by different translators
Glossaries
  • Compiled/edited terminology for each of the 72 volumes of the Kullana Kulturali (which treats different subjects in Maltese) (1999-2006)
  • Edited Carlo Farrugia’s Dictionary for Financial Services (2006)
  • A Dictionary for Specific Purposes: English-Maltese, Maltese-English (2007)
  • Dizzjunarju tal-Kullana (2008)
Others subjects
  • “Prehistoric Ships in Malta” in The Malta Year Book 1986 (1986)
  • “White Dipping Sails” a compilation of marine terminology in Journal of Maltese Studies (1989-90)
  • “Sea-Craft in Medieval Malta: Description and Etymology” in Medieval Ships and the Birth of Technological Societies: The Mediterranean Area and European Integration (Vol. II) edited by Christiane Villain-Gandossi, Salvino Busuttil, Paul Adam (European Coordination Centre for Research and Documentation in the Social Sciences; Foundation for International Studies, University of Malta, 1991)
  • Il-Ġejjieni tal-Kooperattivi fis-Settur tal-Biedja u s-Sajd (2004, translation of proceedings of APS Seminar: “The Future of Co-operatives in the Agriculture and Fisheries Sectors”)
  • Translated into English: Martin Camilleri’s Album ta’ l-Istorja – Partit Nazzjonalista: 125 Sena Servizz (2005)
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