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Dr. Gessica De Angelis
Assistant Professor, C.L.C.S.

Biography

Gessica De Angelis is Assistant Professor in Applied Linguistics in the Centre for Language and Communication Studies and she is also Fellow of Trinity College Dublin (elected in 2016). She holds a B.A. Hons in Foreign Languages and Literature (English and Russian) from the University of Turin, Italy, an M.A. in Italian from the University of Pittsburgh, USA and a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. Her main research interests are in multilingual language acquisition, crosslinguistic influence, multilingual language development, multilingualism in the workplace, multilingual testing and assessment, and multilingualism in education. She has published and lectured widely on aspects of individual multilingualism, with a specific interest in the area of language acquisition and the role of background languages in the language acquisition process. She has engaged in international research in Europe and Canada for over two decades. Dr. De Angelis is author of "Third or Additional Language Acquisition" (2007, Multilingual Matters). She is also co-editor of "New Trends in Crosslinguistic Influence and Multilingualism research" (2011, Multilingual Matters), "Learning and teaching in multilingual contexts. Conceptual, sociolinguistic and educational perspectives (2014, Multilingual Matters) and "Crosslinguistic influence and crosslinguistic interaction in multilingual language learning" (2015, Bloombsbury). She is former Vice-President of the International Association of Multilingualism (2009-11; 2011-2013).

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Increasing the employability of language graduates in the Canadian job market: challenges for academic departments and employers in, editor(s)Eisenbichler, K.; Sabbatino, P , A Garland of Gifts: Studies in Honour of Olga Zorzi Pugliese, Toronto, Soleil Publishing, 2021, [De Angelis, Gessica] Book Chapter, 2021

De Angelis, Gessica, Multilingual Testing and Assessment, Multilingual Matters, 2021 Book, 2021

Crosslinguistic influence and multiple language acquisition and use in, editor(s)David Singleton and Larissa Aronin , Twelve Lectures in Multilingualism, Bristol, Multilingual Matters, 2019, pp163 - 177, [Gessica De Angelis] Book Chapter, 2019

De Angelis, Gessica, The Bilingual Advantage and the Language Background Bias, Theory and Practice of Second Language Acquisition, 5, (2), 2019, p11 - 23 Journal Article, 2019

Dealing with multilingualism in quantitative research in, editor(s)J. McKinley and H. Rose , Doing Research in Applied Linguistics, London, New York, Routledge, 2017, pp91 - 100, [De Angelis, Gessica] Book Chapter, 2017

Dahm, Rebecca and De Angelis, Gessica, The role of mother tongue literacy in language learning and mathematical learning. Is there a multilingual benefit for both? , International Journal of Multilingualism, 2017, p1 - 20 Journal Article, 2017 URL

English L3 learning in a multilingual context: the role of socioeconomic status and L2 exposure within the living community in, editor(s)Y. Ruiz de Zarobe and L. Ruiz de Zarobe , Multilingualism and L2 Acquisition: New perspectives on current research, London, New York, Routledge, 2017, pp35 - 52, [De Angelis, Gessica] Book Chapter, 2017

De Angelis, Gessica, PLENARY ADDRESS: The multilingual benefit in language learning and mathematical learning, 29th International Conference on Second/Foreign Language Acquisition, Szczyrk, Poland, 18-20 May , 2017 Invited Talk, 2017

Browne, Harry and De Angelis, Gessica, Multilingual Times, ECREA Journalism and Communication Education, University of Navarra, 19-20 May, 2016 Oral Presentation, 2016

Browne, H., & De Angelis, G. , The Multilingual Times: Breaking the language barrier between journalism and science., Higher Education in Transformation Symposium, Canada, 2-4 November , 2016 Conference Paper, 2016 URL

The complex nature of crosslinguistic influence in multilingual learning. in, editor(s)De Angelis, G, Jessner, U. and Kresić, M , Crosslinguistic influence and crosslinguistic interaction in multilingual language learning. , Bloombsbury, 2015, pp1 - 11, [De Angelis, G, Jessner, U. and Kresić, M ] Book Chapter, 2015

De Angelis, Gessica, Jessner, Ulrike and Kresić, Marijana (Eds) , Crosslinguistic influence and crosslinguistic interaction in multilingual language learning. , London, Bloombsbury, 2015, 1 - 260pp Book, 2015

De Angelis, Gessica, English L3 learning in a multilingual context: the role of parental education and L2 exposure within the community, International Journal of Multilingualism, 12, (4), 2015, p435 - 452 Journal Article, 2015

Crosslinguistic influence and metalinguistic awareness research: new evidence and future challenges. in, editor(s)De Angelis, G, Jessner, U. and Kresić, M , Crosslinguistic influence and crosslinguistic interaction in multilingual language learning. , 2015, pp253 - 260, [De Angelis, G, Jessner, U. and Kresić, M ] Book Chapter, 2015

Education for multilingualism: from political discourse to classroom applications. in, editor(s)Otwinowska A. and De Angelis G. , Teaching and learning in multilingual contexts. Sociolinguistic and educational perspectives, Bristol, Multilingual Matters, 2014, pp232 - 238, [Otwinowska A. and De Angelis G.] Book Chapter, 2014

Otwinowska, Agnieszka & De Angelis, Gessica (Eds.), Learning and teaching in multilingual contexts: conceptual, sociolinguistic and educational perspectives, Bristol, Multilingual Matters, 2014, 1-264pp Book, 2014

De Angelis, G., A Multilingual Approach to Analysing Standardized Test Results: Immigrant Primary School Children and the Role of Languages Spoken in the Bi-/multilingual Community. , Intercultural Education, 25, (1), 2014, p14 - 28 Journal Article, 2014

Towards education for multilingualism. in, editor(s)Otwinowska, A. and De Angelis, G. , Teaching and learning in multilingual contexts. Sociolinguistic and educational perspectives., Bristol, Multilingual Matters, 2014, ppi-xxi , [Otwinowska, A and De Angelis, G.] Book Chapter, 2014

De Angelis, G. (2012) , Verso la consapevolezza traduttiva. [Towards translation awareness] , by Diadori, P. , Quaderni di Italianistica, 33, (2), 2012, p281-282 Review, 2012

De Angelis, Gessica, Teachers' beliefs about the role of prior language knowledge in language learning, International Journal of Multilingualism, 2012, p216 - 234 Journal Article, 2012

De Angelis, Gessica, Non-native language influence and the proficiency variable in language acquisition research. PLENARY ADDRESS, International workshop on crosslinguistic influence in language learning, University of Zadar, Croatia, 15-17 November, 2012 Invited Talk, 2012

Writing across languages in a bilingual context: A dynamic systems theory approach. in, editor(s)R. M. Manchòn (Ed) , L2 Writing Development: multiple perspectives, Mouton de Gruyter, 2012, pp47 - 68, [De Angelis, Gesssica and Jessner, Ulrike] Book Chapter, 2012

De Angelis, Gessica, The effect of population distribution on L1 and L2 acquisition: evidence from the multilingual region of South Tyrol., International Journal of Multilingualism, 9, (4), 2012, p407 - 422 Journal Article, 2012

Social and affective factors in multilingualism research. International Journal of Multilingualism, 9, 4, (2012), 347 - 454p, Otwinowska, Agnieszka & De Angelis, Gessica , [Guest editors], 1 issue Journal, 2012

De Angelis, Gessica and Dewaele, JeanMarc (Eds.), New Trends in Crosslinguistic Influence and Multilingualism Research, Bristol, Multilingual Matters, 2011, 1 - 128pp Book, 2011

Introduction in, editor(s)De Angelis, Gessica and Dewaele, JeanMarc , New Trends in Crosslinguistic Influence and Multilingualism Research, Bristol, Multilingual Matters, 2011, ppvii-xv , [De Angelis, Gessica; Dewaele, JeanMarc] Book Chapter, 2011

The development of psycholinguistic research on crosslinguistic influence. in, editor(s)L. Aronin and B. Hufeisen , The Exploration of Multilingualism: Development of Research on L3, Multilingualism and Multiple Language Acquisition, Amsterdam, John Benjamins, 2009, pp63 - 77, [De Angelis, Gessica and Dewaele, JeanMarc] Book Chapter, 2009

De Angelis, Gessica, Third or Additional Language Acquisition, Clevedon, Multilingual Matters, 2007, I - 152pp Book, 2007

De Angelis, Gessica, Multilingualism and Non-Native Lexical Transfer: an Identification Problem. , International Journal of Multilingualism, 2, (1), 2005, p1 - 25 Journal Article, 2005

De Angelis, Gessica, The acquisition of languages beyond the L2: psycholinguistic perspectives. , Rassegna Italiana di Linguistica Applicata, 2, (3), 2005, p397 - 409 Journal Article, 2005

De Angelis, Gessica, Interlanguage Transfer of Function Words, Language Learning, 55, (3), 2005, p379 - 414 Journal Article, 2005

Interlanguage Transfer and Competing Linguistic Systems in the Multilingual Mind. in, editor(s)J. Cenoz, B. Hufeisen, and U. Jessner , Cross-linguistic Influence in Third Language Acquisition., Clevedon, Multilingual Matters, 2001, pp42 - 58, [De Angelis, Gessica and Selinker, Larry] Book Chapter, 2001

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

De Angelis, Gessica, The Multilingual Benefit, Multilingualism identities across the lifespan. Working seminar, Trinity Long Room Hub, TCD, 13 May , 2017 Invited Talk, 2017

De Angelis, Gessica, Bilingualism and the Multilingual Times, DIT, Dublin, 10 February, 2016 Invited Talk, 2016

De Angelis, Gessica, Finding a job in academia, Donostia conference for young researchers, Donostia, Basque Country, 3 March, 2016, International Association of Multilingualism Invited Talk, 2016

De Angelis, Gessica, Third language acquisition and the L2 proficiency factor, University of Barcelona, 21 May , 2013 Invited Talk, 2013

Criteri di analisi in, Risultati dell'analisi linguistica: 5e classi scuole primarie. [Result of linguistic analysis: 5th grade], Istitut Pedagogish Ladin, 2009, pp33-34 - [De Angelis, Gessica] Book Chapter, 2009

Esempi di elaborati in, Risultati dell'analisi linguistica: 5e classi scuole primarie, Istitut Pedagogish Ladin, 2009, pp43 - 46, [De Angelis, Gessica] Book Chapter, 2009

Risultati complessivi in, Risultati dell'analisi linguistica: 5e classi scuole primarie. [Result of linguistic analysis: 5th grade], Istitut Pedagogish Ladin, 2009, pp35 - 42, [De Angelis, Gessica] Book Chapter, 2009

Il Quadro Comune Europeo di Riferimento e il Portfolio Europeo delle Lingue. [The Common European Framework of Reference and the European Language Portfolio] in, editor(s)Patota, G. and Romanelli, N. (authors) , Percorso Italia, Novara, De Agostini, 2008, [De Angelis, Gessica] Book Chapter, 2008

Research Expertise

Projects

  • Title
    • Bridging the gap between linguistics and the medical profession: beliefs about bi-/multilingualism among general practitioners and nurses in the Dublin area  
  • Summary
    • The core aim of the study is to investigate the extent to which research findings about bi-/multilingualism, language acquisition and language development in children and adults can be said to be reflected in current practices in the medical profession (General Practitioners and Public Health Nurses) in the Dublin area, and whether individually held beliefs are likely to influence the type of advice families receive.
  • Funding Agency
    • Trinity Long Room Hub
  • Date From
    • October 2014
  • Date To
    • September 2015
  • Title
    • Language learning and mathematical learning: is there a multilingual benefit for both?
  • Summary
    • The study examined whether prior language knowledge and mother tongue literacy provide significant advantages in language learning and/or mathematical learning. The study involved 607 students attending secondary school in France and close collaboration with Dr Rebecca Dahm, University of Toulouse, France. Results were published in the International Journal of Multilingualism.
  • Date From
    • 2015-2016
  • Date To
    • 2017
  • Title
    • Multilingual language development in children with migratory background in the trilingual Ladin school system of South Tyrol, Italy
  • Summary
    • This 2-year project examines patterns of multilingual language development in immigrant children attending a trilingual (Italian, German, Ladin) school system. All children use a home language that differs from the three official languages of instruction. The research involves collaboration with the Ladin School Board, including researchers, teachers and principals.
  • Funding Agency
    • Ladin School Board, South Tyrol, ITALY
  • Date From
    • January 2016
  • Date To
    • June 2018

Keywords

bilingualism and multilingualism; CROSSLINGUISTIC INFLUENCE; Italian Language/Literature; LANGUAGE ACQUISITION; Migration, multilingualism, multiculturalism; THIRD LANGUAGE ACQUISITION

Recognition

Representations

Vice-President, elected; International Association of Multilingualism 2009-2011;

Vice-President, elected, International Association of Multilingualism 2012-2014

Treasurer, elected; International Association of Multilingualism 2014-2016

Expert/Reviewer, Scientific Board of the Spanish National Evaluation and Foresight Agency (ANEP) From 2014

Expert/Reviewer, Dutch government NWO Talent Programme - Veni Scheme 2020

Expert/Reviewer, The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) From 2015

External Examiner, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, University College Cork From 2018-19

Ph.D. External Examiner - University of Barcelona, Spain 2013

External Examiner, Postgraduate Confirmation (Opposition) - University of Lund, Sweden 2015

Member of the Scientific Committee - Third Language Acquisition and Multilingualism conference - University of Zagreb, Croatia 2020

Member of the Scientific Committee - Metacognition in multilingual development conference - University of Innsbruck, Austria 2019

Member of the Scientific Committee - 3rd International Conference du GIS ReAL2: Crosslinguistic Influence - where are we today? - Toulouse, France 2019

Member of the Scientific Committee - Third Language Acquisition and Multilingualism conference, University of Vienna, Austria 2016

Member of the Scientific Committee - Third Language Acquisition and Multilingualism conference - University of Lisbon, Portugal 2018

Member of the Scientific Committee - Third Language Acquisition and Multilingualism conference - University of Uppsala, Sweden 2014

Peer-reviewer for international journals: Australian Journal of Linguistics; Bilingual Education and Bilingualism; Cultura y Educacion; International Journal of Bias, Identity and Diversities in Education (IJBIDE); International Journal of Bilingual Education; International Journal of Multilingualism; Journal of Immersion and Content-Based Language Education; Journal of Applied Linguistics/Rivista di Psicolinguistica Applicata (RiPLA); Language Awareness; Language Learning; Quaderni di Italianistica; Theory and Practice of Second Language Acquisition From 2012

Peer-reviewer for major publishers: John Benjamins; Multilingual Matters; Routledge From 2012

Member of the Editorial Board, International Journal of Multilingualism From 2015

Member of the Editorial Board, International Journal of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education From 2013

Member of the Editorial Board, Quaderni di Italianistica 2007-2010

Member of the Editorial Board, Quaderni di Italinistica 2013-2015

Member of the Editorial Board, Collana Chirone. Processi e progetti educativi e di sviluppo nelle differenti età e nei diversi contesti di vita.Edizioni Junior-Gruppo Spaggiari Bergamo, Italy From 2014

Member of the Editorial Board, Theory and Practice of Second Language Acquisition From 2016

Member of PhD International Board, University of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain 2019

Member of PhD International Board, European Doctorate, Universidad de Navarra, Spain January 2016

Awards and Honours

Fellow, Trinity College 2016

Habilitation to Associate Professor - Ministry of Education, University and Research - Italy (www.miur.it) 2014

Nominated for Provost Teaching Award 2014

Memberships

International Association of Multilingualism - Main positions held: Treasurer (2014-2016) Vice-President (2009-11; 2011-2013) Board Member (2005-2007; 2007-2009) 2004

Canadian Society for Italian Studies 2002