Prof. Odette Vassallo

Prof. Odette Vassallo

Prof. Odette Vassallo


Associate Professor

Room 112
Guze Cassar Pullicino Building
University of Malta
  +356 2340 3616
Dr Odette Vassallo is a Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Malta where she teaches Stylistics, English in Context, Language and the Literary Mind, Learner Corpora, Semantics and Pragmatics. She has teaching and researching interest in Applied Linguistics.

She read for her undergraduate degree at the University of Malta, followed by a P.G.C.E. in English. Her interest in the interface of Language and Literature led to her M.A. at the University of Nottingham, U.K. After completing the degree, she went on to read for her Ph.D, also in Nottingham.

Before joining the University of Malta's Department of English, Dr Vassallo had a career at the University Junior College where she was teaching and researching in the field of the interface of Language and Literature. This focus is reflected in her Ph.D research in which she looks at an interdisciplinary approach to reading and interpretation, drawing upon stylistics, pedagogy and second language acquisition.
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Learner Corpora
  • English Language Proficiency
  • Pragmatics
  • Stylistics
  • Empirical research in literary reading processes
  • ELP5003 - Second Language Acquisition
  • ELP5004 - Applied Linguistics for TESOL
  • ELP5006 - Research Methods in TESOL
  • ELP5007 - TESOL Practicum
  • ELP5031 - Advanced Grammar
  • ELP5063 - Evaluating English Language Proficiency
  • ELP5064 - Developing English Language Proficiency
  • ENG1083 - Introduction to English Syntax and Phonetics
  • ENG2030 - Second Language Acquisition of English
  • ENG2031 - Studying English Language at Undergraduate Level
  • ENG2049 - Topics in English Pragmatics
  • ENG2056 - English Morphology and Syntax
  • ENG2057 - Stylistics
  • ENG3011 - Applied Linguistics in English Studies 1
  • ENG3016 - Language and the Literary Mind
  • ENG3022 - Exploring English Corpora: Language and Literature
  • ENG3051 - Synoptic Study-Unit 1: Ideas and Concepts
  • ENG3052 - Synoptic Study-Unit 2: Readings, Interpretations, Applications
  • ENG3064 - The Language of Shakespeare
Involvement in Projects


Corpus of Learner English in Malta (CLEM) – this project's focus is to build a corpus of
Learner English, which will allow for research connected with areas such as learner English,
SLA, bilingualism, textual analysis and more.

TELT Corpus

The project focuses on building a corpus of written and spoken data collected from the Test for
English Language Teachers (TELT) examination. Part of the English Language Teaching Council's
(ELT Council) remit is to promote as well as conduct research with the aim of enhancing
language awareness in the local EFL industry. This project, funded by the EFL Council, aims to
investigate language used by students aspiring to follow a TEFL Cert. course.