Marta Guarda

Marta Guarda

Marta Guarda

Senior Researcher
Institute for Applied Linguistics


My research interests include

  • plurilingual and intercultural education
  • translanguaging in plurilingual education 
  • English as a lingua franca (ELF) communication
  • English-Medium Instruction and the internationalisation of education
  • virtual exchanges for the development of language skills and intercultural competence
  • applied corpus linguistics (learner corpora)

About myself:

I conduct research in the field of bi/plurilingual education. I am currently responsible for a research and training initiative on plurilingual education at Eurac Research (Bolzano, Italy), in which the focus is on the valorisation of primary school children's full linguistic repertoires.

I previously worked as post-doc assistant researcher at the University of Padova where, in addition to my teaching duties, I conducted research into bi/plurilingual education, one of the internationalisation strategies of the University. After researching lecturers' experiences with teaching through a vehicular language different from their own, I devoted my last years to exploring students' perceptions of and experiences with learning subject content in English-Medium Instruction settings.

In addition to conducting research, I have also been the coordinator of the University Language Centre’s English-Medium Instruction (EMI) support programme and head of the International Relations and Erasmus+ Office at Scuola Superiore per Mediatori Linguistici (Padova).

For a selection of my publications please visit:

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