Prof. Sandro Caruana

Prof. Sandro Caruana

Prof. Sandro Caruana

 B.Ed.(Hons),M.Ed.,Ph.D.(Pavia)

Professor

Room 114
Old Humanities Building (OH)
University of Malta
Msida
  +356 2340 2941
Sandro Caruana, (1968, Malta) is Professor of Italian Language Teaching Methodology. He is a former Dean (2015-19) and Deputy Dean (2013-15) of the Faculty of Education and a member of the Dept. of Languages & Humanities in Education, of which he was Head between 2010 and 2017.

He holds courses on Italian language teaching and learning, Italian Linguistics, Sociolinguistics and on intercultural communication. Besides language teaching and Sociolinguistics, his other areas of interest include multilingualism, language attitudes, second language acquisition and the Romance element in Maltese. He has participated in international projects on intercultural communication and on language teaching, presented his works at several local and international conferences and was invited as keynote speaker on a number of occasions.

He has participated in a number of international projects on intercultural communication and on the teaching of Italian, including the SPICES Project (Social Promotion of Intercultural Communication Expertise and Skills) and the MERIDIUM Project (Multilingualism in Europe as a Resource for Immigration Dialogue Initiative among the Universities of the Mediterranean). He has organised several international conferences in Malta, including those of the Associazione italiana di Linguistica Applicata (2008), of the Società di Linguistica italiana (2015) and of the Società di Didattica delle Lingue e Linguistica Educativa (2019). In 2018 he was conferred the honour of Ufficiale dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia, for having promoted Italian culture and contributed to relationships between Italy and Malta.
  • Second Language Teaching and Learning
  • Italian Linguistics
  • Intercultural communication
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Teacher Education
  • Multilingualism

CARUANA, S., 2021. An Overview of Audiovisual Input as a Means for Foreign Language Acquisition in Different Contexts. Language & Speech, 1, pp. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0023830920985897.

CARUANA, S., CHIRCOP, K., GAUCI, P. and PACE, M., eds, 2021. Politiche e pratiche per l’educazione linguistica, il multilinguismo e la comunicazione interculturale. Ca' Foscari, Venezia: SAIL Studi sull’apprendimento e l’insegnamento linguistico https://edizionicafoscari.unive.it/it/edizioni4/libri/978-88-6969-502-5/.

CARUANA, S. and PORTELLI, S., 2021. "Nella dorata nebbia del ricordo”. Leonardo Sciascia e Malta. In: CAPECCHI, G. & CARRAO, F.M., ed, “Un arabo che ha letto Montesquieu”: Sciascia e il Mediterraneo sud-orientale. Firenze: Olschki, pp. 115-125-(Appendice, 169-173).

BASCHIERA, B. and CARUANA, S., 2020. When migrant learners are Italian: perceptions of learning support educators on the inclusion of Italians in Maltese schools. Italian Journal of Educational Research, (25), pp. 151-164.-https://ojs.pensamultimedia.it/index.php/sird/article/view/4370/3874.

CARUANA, S., 2020. A Bridge Too Far? Reflections on Theory in Educational Practice. Symposia Melitensia, 16, pp. 71-86.

CARUANA, S. and BORG, M., 2020. Stress-Related Factors Affecting Teachers of Foreign Languages in Maltese State and Church Schools. Symposia Melitensia, 16, pp. 87-99.

CARUANA, S. and NOVELLO, A., 2020. Tratti di interlingua comuni: analisi di produzioni scritte di italiano L2 di apprendenti maltesi e della provincia di Bolzano. Rassegna italiana di Linguistica Applicata, 2/3, pp. 153-182.

CARUANA, S., 2020. I corpora VALICO e VINCA (Book review, Italiano di stranieri. I corpora VALICO e VINCA, Elisa Corino, Carla Marello, Perugia, Guerra, 2017 ISBN 9788855706063). Ricognizioni, Rivista di Lingua e Letterature Straniere e Culture Moderne, 7(13), pp. 153-156-https://www.ojs.unito.it/index.php/ricognizioni/article/view/4456.

CARUANA, S., 2020. L’inclusione degli italiani nella societa' e nelle scuole maltesi. Italiano LinguaDue, 12(2), pp. 431-442-https://riviste.unimi.it/index.php/promoitals/article/view/15089.

BEZZINA, C. and CARUANA, S., eds, 2019. Teacher Education Matters: transforming lives ... transforming schools. Faculty of Education, 1978-2018. University of Malta.

CARUANA, S., SCAGLIONE, S. and VASSALLO GAUCI, P., 2019. Multilingualism and the inclusion of migrant learners in Maltese schools. In: C. BEZZINA and S. CARUANA, eds, Teacher Education Matters: transforming lives ... transforming schools. Faculty of Education, 1978-2018. University of Malta, pp. 330-343.

CARUANA, S. and PACE, M., 2019. Il programma subject proficiency assessment a Malta: adattare l'insegnamento delle lingue straniere a nuove realta' socio-culturali. In: V. CARBONARA, L. COSENZA, P. MASILLO, L. SALVATI and A. SCIBETTA, eds, Il parlato e lo scritto: aspetti teorici e didattici. Pisa: Pacini Ed., pp. 203-214.

SULTANA, R., GELLEL, A.M. and CARUANA, S., 2019. Initial Teacher Education in Malta: a long and winding road. In: C. BEZZINA and S. CARUANA, eds, Teacher Education Matters: transforming lives ... transforming schools. Malta: pp. 4-23.

SULTANA, R., GELLEL, A.M. and CARUANA, S., 2019. Teacher Education in Malta. In: K.G. KARRAS and C.C. WOLHUTER, eds, International Handbook of Teacher Education. Nicosia, Cyprus: H.M. Studies & Publishing, pp. 397-414.

BRINCAT, G. and CARUANA, S., eds, 2018. Tipologia e ‘dintorni’: il metodo tipologico alla intersezione di piani d’analisi. Atti del XLIX Congresso SLI (Malta). Roma: Bulzoni editori.

MICALLEF, M. and CARUANA, S., 2018. L'interculturalita' nella didattica dell'italiano a Malta. In: C.M. COONAN, A. BIER and E. BALLARIN, eds, La didattica delle lingue nel nuovo millennio. Le sfide dell’internazionalizzazione. Ed. Ca' Foscari, pp. 185-198.

PORTELLI, S. and CARUANA, S., 2018. Observing Eurolects. The case of Maltese. In: L. MORI, ed, Observing Eurolects. Corpus analysis of linguistic variation in EU law. John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam, Netherlands., pp. 267-293.

SCAGLIONE, S. and CARUANA, S., 2018. Migration and plurilingualism in Southern European homes and schools. In: P. VAN AVERMAET, S. SLEMBROUCK, K. VAN GORP, S. SIERENS & K. MARYNS, ed, The Multilingual Edge of Education. Palgrave Macmillan., pp. 139-164.

CARUANA, S. and SCAGLIONE, S., 2017. Multilinguismo e inclusione dei Migrant Learners nella scuola maltese: scenari e prospettive. Symposia Melitensia, 13, pp. 25-40.

GAUCI, P., GHIA, E. and CARUANA, S., 2017. The pragmatic competence of student-teachers of Italian L2. In: I. KECSKES and S. ASSIMAKOPOULOS, eds, Current Issues in Intercultural Pragmatics. John Benjamins, pp. 323-346.

CAMILLERI-GRIMA, A. and CARUANA, S., 2016. Interaction and Approximation to the Target Language During Italian Lessons in Malta. Malta Review of Educational Research: Special Issue on Bilingualism in Education in Malta, 10(2), pp. 253-275.

CARUANA, S. and CAMILLERI-GRIMA, A., 2016. L’italiano a Malta e la commutazione di codice in contesti didattici. In: R. BOMBI and V. ORIOLES, eds, Lingue in contatto / Contact linguistics, Atti del XLVI Congresso Internazionale di Studi della Società di Linguistica italiana (SLI). Roma: Bulzoni, pp. 79-96.

GAUCI, P., GHIA, E. and CARUANA, S., 2016. L’insegnamento della pragmatica e la formazione degli insegnanti di italiano a Malta. In: E. SANTORO and I. VEDDER, eds, Pragmatica e interculturalità in italiano lingua seconda. Firenze: Franco Cesati, pp. 67-78.

SCAGLIONE, S. and CARUANA, S., 2016. Bridging the Gap between Policies and Practices Related to Multilingualism in Schools in Southern European States. In: S. GRUCZA, M. OLPINSKA-SZKIELKO and P. ROMANOWSKI, eds, Advances in Understanding Multilingualism. A Global Perspective.
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Frankfurt, London, New York: Peter Lang Verlag., pp. 145-164.

CARUANA, S. and PACE, M., 2015. Percorsi dell’italiano a Malta: storia, intrattenimento, scuola.. In: M. OSTINELLI, ed, La didattica dell’italiano. Problemi e prospettive.. Canton Ticino, SUPSI, pp. 244-252.

PAVESI, M., GHIA, E. and CARUANA, S., 2014. Original and dubbed telecinematic input and Italian L2 acquisition in Malta. Studi italiani di linguistica teorica e applicata, XLIII(1/2014), pp. 125-152.

SCAGLIONE, S. and CARUANA, S., 2014. "Superdiverse" school populations in Southern Europe: reflections on language use and suggestions for learning strategies.

BORG, A., VELLA, A. and CARUANA, S., eds, 2013. Perspectives on Maltese Linguistics. Berlin: Akademie Verlag.

BORG, C., CARDONA, M. and CARUANA, S., 2013. Social Class, Language and Power: Lorenzo Milani and the School of Barbiana. Rotterdam, Boston & Taipei: Sense.

CARUANA, S., COPOSESCU, L. and SCAGLIONE, S., eds, 2013. Migration, Multilingualism and Schooling in Southern Europe. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholar.

CARUANA, S., COPOSESCU, L. and SCAGLIONE, S., 2013. Migration-induced linguistic diversity in the Mediterranean European countries. In: S. CARUANA, L. COPOSESCU and S. SCAGLIONE, eds, Migration, Multilingualism and Schooling in Southern Europe. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholar Publishers, pp. 1-16.

CARUANA, S., CREMONA, G. and VELLA, A., 2013. Language use, perception and attitudes amongst Maltese primary school children. In: S. CARUANA, L. COPOSESCU and S. SCAGLIONE, eds, Migration, Multilingualism and Schooling in Southern Europe. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholar Publishers, pp. 304-342.

CARUANA, S. and LASAGABASTER, D., 2013. Faraway, so close: Multilingualism in the Basque Country and in Malta from a socio-educational perspective. In: D. SINGLETON, J. FISHMAN, L. ARONIN and M. O LAOIRE, eds, Current Multilingualism: A New Linguistic Dispensation. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, pp. 45-68.

CARUANA, S., SCAGLIONE, S. and COPOSESCU LILIANA, 2013. Migration-induced linguistic diversity in Mediterranean European countries. In: S. CARUANA, S. SCAGLIONE and COPOSESCU LILIANA, eds, Migration, Multilingualism and Schooling in Southern Europe. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholar Publishers, pp. 1-16.

PACE, M. and CARUANA, S., 2013. L'italiano a Malta: storia, societa', didattica. Italiano a Stranieri, 13, pp. 16-21.

CARUANA, S., 2012. Italian in Malta: a socio-educational perspective. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 16(5), pp. 602-614.

CARUANA, S. and GRIMA, A., 2012. Language, Literature and the Maltese National Imaginary. In: PUTZU, IGNAZIO & MAZZON, GABRIELLA, ed, Lingue, letterature, nazioni. Centri e periferie tra Europa e Mediterraneo. Milan, Italy: Franco Angeli, pp. 436-458.

BORG, C., CARDONA, M. and CARUANA, S., 2011. Carta a una maestra. Contribuciones de Lorenzo Milani a la ciudadanía crítica. Valencia: Ediciones del Crec.

CARUANA, S., 2011. “Alavolja il suo padre e la sua mamma non folevanno”: fenomeni di contatto nella produzione scritta di italiano L2 degli apprendenti maltesi, Lingue e culture in contatto. Atti del 10° Congresso AItLA 2011, pp. 365-381.

CARUANA, S., 2011. Bilingualism and language policy in Malta. In: P. RAMAT and E. MIOLA, eds, Language contact and language decay. Socio-political and linguistic perspectives. Pavia: IUSS, pp. 11-46.

CARUANA, S., 2011. English in Malta: from colonialism to heritage, from social differences to opportunity, Allotropes of difference in contemporary discourse, Proceedings of the 9th conference on British and American Studies 2011, pp. 25-38.

CARUANA, S. and BRINCAT, L., 2011. Il-Malti Mgħaġġel: Maltese in computer-mediated chat conversations. In: S. CARUANA, R. FABRI and T. STOLZ, eds, Variation and Change: The dynamics of Maltese in space, time, and society. Berlin: Akademie Verlag, pp. 65-89.

CARUANA, S., FABRI, R. and STOLZ, T., eds, 2011. Variation and Change:The dynamics of Maltese in space, time, and society. Berlin: Akademie Verlag.

CARUANA, S. and LASAGABASTER, D., 2011. Using a holistic approach to explore language attitudes in two multilingual contexts: the Basque Country and Malta. In: C. VARCASIA, ed, Becoming multilingual. Language learning and language policy between attitudes and identity. Bern: Peter Lang, pp. 39-64.

CARUANA, S., 2010. “Ma chi l’ha messo il segno dove finisce il latino e comincia l’italiano?”: kunsiderazzjonijiet lingwistiċi dwar ‘Lettera ad una Professoressa’ tal-iskola ta’ Barbiana. In: C. BORG, ed, Milani – bejn il-bieraħ u llum. Malta: Agenda, pp. 161-176.

CARUANA, S., 2009. ‘The Italian Job’: the impact of input from television on language learning. In: J. BORG, M. LAURI and A. HILLMAN, eds, Exploring the Maltese Media Landscape. Valletta: Allied Newspapers, pp. 173-185.

CARUANA, S., 2009. “‘Uza DDD - Likwidu, balzmu, sapun’: il linguaggio della pubblicità nei giornali maltesi dei primi anni ’60”, Tempo e memoria nella lingua e nella letteratura italiana 2009, pp. 179-196.

CARUANA, S., 2009. Terminology of Italian origin used in EU Maltese. A case of linguistic “Europeanisation”? In: B. COMRIE, R. FABRI, E. HUME, M. MIFSUD, T. STOLZ and M. VANHOVE, eds, Introducing Maltese Linguistics. Amsterdam edn. John Benjamins, pp. 355-375.

CARUANA, S., BORG, C. and CARDONA, M., 2009. Letter to a Teacher. Lorenzo Milani's contribution to critical citizenship. Malta: Agenda.

CARUANA, S. and KLEIN, G.B., 2009. Costruzione conversazionale dell’ “essere-straniero” in istituzioni in Italia e a Malta. In: L. MARIOTTINI, E. SCIUBBA and M. FATIGANTE, eds, Lingua e società. Scritti in onore di Franca Orletti per il suo sessantesimo compleanno. Milano: Franco Angeli, pp. 306-316.

CARUANA, S., 2008. How and to what extent is intercultural communication ‘teachable’? Forum 21, European Journal on child and youth research, 2(12), pp. 42-49.

CARUANA, S., BERRUTO, G., ANDORNO, C. and BRINCAT, G., eds, 2008. Lingua, cultura e cittadinanza in contesti migratori. Europa e area mediterranea, Atti dell’VIII convegno AItLA (Associazione italiana di Linguistica Applicata). Perugia: Guerra.

CARUANA, S. and LASAGABASTER, D., 2008. Atteggiamenti linguistici a Malta e nei Paesi Baschi: uno studio comparativo. In: C. VERGARO, ed, Conversarii. Studi Linguistici. Dynamics of language contact in the twenty-first century Perugia: Guerra, pp. 67-92.

KLEIN, G.B. and CARUANA, S., eds, 2008. Intercultural communication in bureaucratic and institutional contexts : proceedings of the final conference of the European project SPICES, Social Promotion of Intercultural Communication Expertise and Skills. Perugia: Guerra.

CARUANA, S., 2007. Language use and language attitudes in Malta. In: D. LASAGABASTER and A. HUGUET, eds, Language use and attitudes towards multilingualism in bilingual European contexts. London, Cleveland: Multilingual Matters, pp. 184-207.

CARUANA, S., KLEIN, G.B., DOSSOU, K., LASAGABASTER, D., MATEVA, G., PIRIH-SVETINA, N. and SCHWITALLA, J., 2007. Spices Guidelines: A training method for intercultural communication in institutional settings. Perugia: Key & Key.

CARUANA, S. and KLEIN, G.B., 2007. Intercultural communication within institutional and bureaucratic settings - ‘adults-in-mobility’ and ‘adults-in-contact-with-mobility’ in Malta and in Italy. In: B. STEIN, ed, Wege zu anderen Sprachen und Kulturen. Festschrift zu Ehren von Prof. Dr. Heidemarie Sarter. Hamburg: Verlag Dr. Kovač, pp. 43-64.

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