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Maltese for Foreigners Book Series by Charles Daniel Saliba

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Maltese for Foreigners Book Series by Charles Daniel SalibaGozitan author, Charles Daniel Saliba, is well-known for his publications related to the Maltese language. Saliba’s most recent book series is intended for a different audience. He has published a Maltese/English book series entitled Maltese for Foreigners.

This series, which is based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), consists of three levels.

Level A1 (Beginners-Elementary) includes three books: My First 750 Words in Maltese, Maltese Grammar Essentials in Context and Speaking Maltese. These three books are perfect for beginners and are suitable for use by individuals, by groups or in a school setting.

Level A2 (Elementary-Pre-Intermediate) includes the book Speaking Maltese 2. Saliba has plans to publish Maltese Grammar Essentials in Context 2 to further the lessons taught at this level.

Level B1 (Intermediate) includes two bilingual readers: Reality and Rocco Learns Karate. Saliba said that in the future he will publish Maltese Grammar Essentials in Context 3 to complete this level.

Saliba has also produced a CD containing the audio files linked to the books so learners can listen to native Maltese speakers reading the text and acting out the dialogues. In addition, Saliba has also devised a syllabus for each level based on the CEFR, which can be downloaded for free from his website under the heading Maltese for Foreigners.

The bilingual series, featuring the latest developments in Maltese orthography, is aimed at beginners who want to learn Maltese and advance to the intermediate level. This series is based on a needs analysis Saliba conducted with foreigners learning Maltese and instructors teaching Maltese to foreigners.

Maltese for Foreigners is a by-product of Saliba’s PhD research, undertaken at the University of Sheffield, focusing on teaching Maltese as a foreign language and sponsored by a Malta Government Scholarship Scheme Grant.

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    2 Responses

    1. Antoinette Mascari says:

      Dear Daniel

      For the second time I heard you being interviewed by SBS and was very pleased to hear all the information you gave about your publication. I used to teach Maltese for Skola Maltija and has recommended your books to them since I do not belong to the skola anymore.
      You have filled the gap that I was looking for to teach the language to other than those who live in Malta. I did not see your books but I am sure that you have filled the void of how to teach the proper way. The language is too complicated by the jargon we sue like ,Qmura Xemxin” which confuse the students. Can you please tell me how much it is to acquire the whole set as I live in Australia.?
      I hope that one day the Government will appoint you as the Officer in charge of the linguistics for Maltese Language for the Maltese Abroad. You will be able to provide the curriculum for the overseas schools.
      I hope that you will be successful in your endeavour.
      Antoinette Mascari

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