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prof. dr. sc. Renata Šamo

Title: Professor
Function:Head of the English Department (2018 - 2023)
Public phone number:++385(52)377-500
E-mail: E-mail
Department: Odsjek za anglistiku
Graduation year:1987
mr.sc. graduation year:2001
PhD graduation year:2006

Teaching

undergraduate

Students' poll results

Very positive in general. 

List of select publications

Unpublished master's thesis: 

Razvijanje vještine čitanja u ranom učenju engleskog kao stranog jezika (Filozofski fakultet Sveučilišta u Zagrebu, neobjavljen) / Developing Reading in the Early Learning of English As a Foreign Language (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia)

Unpublished dissertation:

Analiza strategija čitanja uspješnih i manje uspješnih učenika engleskog kao stranog jezika (Filozofski fakultet Sveučilišta u Zagrebu, neobjavljen) / Analysis of Good and Poor EFL Learners' Reading Strategies (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia) 

Books:

Šamo, R. (2021). Uvod u jezik i (ino)jezični razvoj. Zagreb: Leykam International. (u tisku) / Introduction to Language and L1/L2 Language Development (in press)

Šamo, R. (2014). Čitanjem do spoznaje, spoznajom do čitanja. Zagreb: Učiteljski fakultet. / From Reading to Cognition, from Cognition to Reading

Co-edited book:

Gačić, M. & Šamo, R. (eds) (2014). Early Foreign Language Learning and Teaching: Perspectives and Experience. Zagreb: Faculty of Teacher Education.

 

Peer-reviewed chapters in international publications:

Šamo, R. & Smuda Đurić, M. (2020). EFL reading in young learners: The teacher's perspective. In Rokita Jaskow, J. & Wolanin, A. (eds). Facing Diversity in Child Foreign Language Education. Basel: Springer Nature. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4382-0223.

Šamo, R. (2019). Young EFL Learners and Their Reading Awareness: A Case Study with Twins. In Rokita Jaskow, J. & Ellis, M. (eds.) Early Instructed Second Language Acquisition. Pathways to Competence. (129-141). Bristol: Multilingual Matters. 

Mikulec, A. & Šamo, R. (2019). Reading diary as a tool for EFL reading from the self-monitoring perspective. In Brala Vukanović, M. i Memišević, A. (eds.). Language and Its Effects. (59-72). Berlin: Peter Lang.

Šamo, R. (2017). Does English hurt? Learning diary - another step towards better qualitative research in applied linguistics. In Cergol Kovačević, K. & Udier, S. (eds.). Applied Linguistics Research and Methodology. (89-102). Frankfurt am Mein: Peter Lang.

Šamo, R. (2015). Receptive Skills in the Linguistic and Non-Linguistic Context of EFL Learning. In Mihaljević Djigunović, J. & Medved Krajnović, M. (eds). Early Learning and Teaching of English: New Dynamics of Primary English. (174-190). Bristol, Buffalo, Toronto: Multilingual Matters.

Šamo, R.,  Ćurić, I. & Mikulec, A. (2015). A Contribution to Reconsidering the Role of Slang and Colloquialisms in Contemporary Foreign Language Learning. In Peti Stantić, A., Stanojević, M.M. & Antunović, G. (eds). Language Varieties Between Norms and Attitiudes: South Slavic Prespectives.(133-149). Frankfurt am Mein: Peter Lang.

Šamo, R. (2012). L1/L2 reading as information processing. In Peti Stantić, A. & Stanojević, M.M. (eds). Language as Information Processing. (31-42). Frankfurt am Mein: Peter Lang.

Šamo, R. (2009). The Age Factor and L2 Reading Strategies. In Nikolov, M. (ed). Early Learning of Modern Foreign Languages: Processes and Outcomes. (121-131). Bristol, Buffalo, Toronto: Multilingual Matters.

 

Peer-reviewed chapters in Croatian publications (only in English):

Šamo, R. (2017). The British Influence on the Language Landscape of Vis: Text, Context, Discourse. In Jurčević, K., Kaliterna Lipovčan, Lj. & Ramljak, O. (eds). Imagining the Mediterranean: Challenges and Perspectives. Mediterranean Issues. Book 1. (63-72). Zagreb: Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar, Vern Group, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Scientific Council of Anthropological Research (HAZU) & Euro-Mediterranean Academic Network (EMAN).

Šamo, R. (2014). Inside L2 Reading: Special Focus on Young Learners. In Gačić, M. & Šamo, R. (eds). Early Foreign Language Learning and Teaching: Perspectives and Experience. (126-133). Zagreb: Faculty of Teacher Education.

Šamo, R. (2001). The Development of Strategic Readers. In Vrhovac, Y. (ed.). Children and Foreign Languages III. (139-143). Zagreb: Filozofski fakultet.

Šamo, R. (2001). Reading: Some Theoretical Issues and Their Pedagogical Implications. In Vrhovac, Y. (ed.). Children and Foreign Languages III. (125-137). Zagreb: Filozofski fakultet.

 

Papers in peer-reviewed journals and proceedings (only in English):

Šamo, R. (2023). English-Eskimo and Eskimo-English Vocabularies: Special Insight into Late 19th Century Alaskan Eskimos. Narodna umjetnost. Croatian Journal of Ethnology and Folklore Research, 60(1). 129-145.

Šamo, R. (2022). English, Globish, doggoLingo - što je sljedeće? Tabula, 19, 9-19. DOI: 10.32728/tab.19.2022.1.

Šamo, R. (2022). Tumačenje kreativnosti jezika iz kartezijanske perspektive, Croatica et Slavica Iadertina, 18(1), 193-209.  DOI: 10.15291/csi.4008.

Šamo, R. (2022). Čitanje kao promjenjiv dinamički sustav, Hrčak, 63-64, 11-12. ISSN: 1331-8454.

Šamo, R. (2022). Boravak Jamesa Joycea u Puli (1904. - 1905.) u širem kontekstu rformiranja nastave stranih jezika. Nova prisutnost, 20(1), 161-175. https://doi.org/10.31192/np.20.1.11. (Wos, Scopus).

Šamo, R. i Smuda Đurić, M. (2021). EFL reading in young learners: The teacher's perspective. U Rokita Jaskow, J. i Wolanin, A. (eds). Facing Diversity in Child Foreign Language Education. Basel: Springer Nature. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4382-0223.

Šamo, R. (2019). Young EFL Learners and Their Reading Awareness: A Case Study with Twins. U Rokita Jaskow, J. i Ellis, M. (eds.) Early Instructed Second Language Acquisition. Pathways to Competence. (129-141). Bristol: Multilingual Matters. 

Mikulec, A. i Šamo, R. (2019). Reading diary as a tool for EFL reading from the self-monitoring perspective. U Brala Vukanović, M. i Memišević, A. (eds.). Language and Its Effects. (59-72). Berlin: Peter Lang.

Šamo, R. & Mikuelc, A. (2018). EFL Reading Metacomprehension from the Developmental Perspective: A Longitudinal Case Study, Journal of Language and Education (JLE), 4(1), 105-116. (doi:https://doi.org/10.17323/2411-7390-2018-4-1)

Šamo, R. & Pliško, L. (2018). The Linguistic Landscape in the Brijuni National Park, HUM, XIII(20), 66-86.

Mikulec, A. & Šamo, R. (2017). How Important Is English to Croatian Preservice Primary School and Preschool Teachers Not Majoring in English. In Letica Krevelj, S. i Geld, R. (eds). UZRT 2016 Empirical Studies in Applied Linguistics. (115-126). Zagreb: FF Press. 

Šamo, R. (2012). Some processes underlying text comprehension. Rassegna Italiana di Linguistica Applicata (RILA), XLIV(2-3), 243-254.

Šamo, R. (2012). The same but still different (Linear and non-linear routes through the text). In Godenir, A. & Vanesse-Hannecart, M.) (eds). Actes/Proceedings - 17th European Conference on Reading (Literacy and Diversity). 6 pp. www.ablf.be

Medved Krajnović, M. & Šamo, R. (2007). Testing FL Proficiency - What Verbal Protocols Reveal. SRAZ, Vol. LII, 283-300.

Šamo, R. (2007). Verbal Protocol as an Important Breakthrough in Reading Research. In Shiel, G., Stričević, I. & Sabolović Krajina, D. (eds.). Literacy without Boundaries. (317-320). Osijek: Croatian Reading Association.

Papers presented at international conferences (selected):

Šamo, R. EFL Reading Comprehension Tasks on the Croatian State Matura Exams, 4th International Conference on Multilingualism and Multilingual Education (ICMME4). University of Malta, Valletta, Malta. 2023. (co-presenter: Davorka Rujevčan.

Šamo, R.  Language in Space, Space in Language. 22nd European Conference on Literacy. FELA, Federation of European Literacy Associations. Dublin, Ireland. 2022. 

Šamo, R. & Matić, I. Čitateljska anksioznost - prijetnja ili izazov? / Reading Anxiety - a Threat or a Challenge. International Interdisciplinary Scientific Meeting - The Reader and Reading in the Digital Age. Croatian Catholic University, Communicology Department. Zagreb, Croatia. 2021. (online)

Šamo, R. Croatian L2 Reading Research in the International Context. 10th International Scientific Meeting Child and Language Today  - Reading in the Contemporary Environment. Faculty of Educational Sciences & J. J. Strossmayer University. Osijek, Croatia. 2021. (online), invited speaker

Šamo, R. & Smuda Đurić, M. EFL Reading Strategies in the Croatian Teaching Context. 19th AILA World Congress. Groningen, Netherlands. 2021. (online)

Šamo, R. & Težak Lukica, I. Gender Differences in English for Specific Purpose Reading. 34th International Scientific Meeting  -  The Linguistic and the Extralinguistic in Interaction. Croatian Applied Linguistics Society. Split. Croatia. 2020. (online)

Kudek Mirošević, J., Tot, D. & Šamo, R. Preschool Teachers' Experiences in Working with Children in an Inclusive Educational Facility. 2nd International Conference on New Approaches in Education, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, 2020. (online)

Šamo, R., Matešić, M. & Martinović, B. From Intonation to Meaning: Examples of Function Words. 16th Slavic Cognitive Linguistics Conference (SCLC). Slavic Cognitive Linguistics Association & Harvard Language Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. USA. 2019.

Smuda Đurić, M. & Šamo, R. EFL Reading in YLs: The teacher's perspective. 2nd International Conference Child Foreign/Second Language Learning (CFSLL): Facing Heterogeneity in the Young Learner Classroom. Cracow University of Pedagogy. Cracow, Poland. 2019.

Šamo, R., Mikulec, A. & Marušić, K. (E)FL reading comprehension and neologisms. 21st European Conference on Literacy (CPH): Learning from the Past for the Future: Literacy for All. Federation of European Literacy Associations (FELA) & Danish Reading Association. Copenhagen, Denmark. 2019.

Šamo, R.  Kartezijanska filozofija Noama Chomskog. Godišnji simpozij Hrvatskog filozofskog društva. Zagreb, 2018. / Noam Chomsky's Cartesian Linguistics (Annual Symposium of the Croatian Society of Philosophy).

Šamo, R. Marco Antonio de Dominis in England. 20th International Multidisciplinary Borders and Crossings Conference - Travel Writing, Pula-Brijuni, Croatia, 2017.

Mikulec, A. & Šamo, R. Metacognitive Reading Strategies as Useful Tools for Enhancing Students' L2 Proficiency and Academic Success. Language Education across Borders Conference. Karl-Franzen Universitat. Graz, Austria. 2017.

Šamo, R. EFL Reading from a Croatian Perspective, seminar delievered to the Applied Linguistics Research Group members, Department of Education,  University of Oxford, UK, 2017. (invited by Profesor Victoria Murphy)

Šamo, R. Young EFL Learners and Their Reading Awareness: A Follow-up Case Study with Twins. The Young Language Learners 2016 Symposium, Department of Education, University of Oxford, UK, 2016. 

Šamo, R. Young EFL learners and their reading awareness: A case study with twins. 1st International Conference Child Foreign Language Learning (CFLL): Between Theory and Practice. Cracow University of Pedagogy i Institute of Modern Languages. Cracow, Poland. 2016.

Šamo, R. & Mikulec, A. The Development of Reading (Meta)comprehension in the EFL Literacy Landscape: A Case Study. 19th European Conference on Literacy - Literacy in the New Landscape of Communication: Research, Education and the Everyday. Alpen-Adria University of Klagenfurt/Wien/Graz. Klagenfurt, Austria. 2015.

Šamo, R. & Pliško, L. The Brijuni National Park (Croatia) as an Object of Linguistic Landscape Research in the Mediterranean Setting. 18th International Conference of the Mediterranean Studies Association. Athens, Greece, 2015.

Šamo, R. EFL Readers and Their Text Processing from the Self-Monitoring Perspective. The Language-Cognition Interface - 19th International Congress of Linguistics (CIPL). University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland, 2013.

Šamo, R.  The same but still different (Linear and non-linear routes through the text). 17th European Conference on Reading - Literacy & Diversity. International Reading Association (IRA), Federation of European Literacy Associations (FELA) i Belgian Francophone Reading Association (ABLF/BELFRA). University of Mons, Mons, Belgium. 2011.

Šamo, R. The Explicit/Implicit Dichotomy in L2 Reading Research: From Cloze-test to Verbal Protocols. Implicit & Explicit Conditions, Processes, and Knowledge in SLA & Bilingualism - Georgetown University Round Table (GURT). Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA, 2009.

Šamo, R.  L2 Learners and Their Strategic Reading Behaviour. 16th European Conference on Reading - Discovering Worlds of Literacy. International Reading Association (IRA), Portuguese Association for Literacy & Spanish Association for Reading and Writing (AELE). Universidad do Minho, Braga, Portugal. 2009.

Šamo, R.  EFL Learners and Their Text Production. 19th Annual Conference of the European Second Language Association (EUROSLA) i Language Learning Roundtable - Input Perspectives on the Role of Learning Context in Second Language Acquisition. University College Cork, Cork, Rep. of Ireland, 2009. 

Šamo, R.  The Age Factor and L2 Reading Strategies. TeMoLaYoLe Conference - Research into Teaching Modern Languages to Young Learners. University of Pecs, Pecs, Hungary, 2007. 

Professional memberships

MultiLingNet Community

International Association fro Applied Linguistics (AILA)

British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL)

Croatian Association for Applied Linguistics (CAAL) - ex-member of the Presidency twice, currently a member of the Supervisory Board for the third time

Croatian Association of Philology

Croatian Association for Anglophone Studies

Croatian Reading Association

Central Croatian Cultural and Publishing Society

Mediterranean Studies Association (MSA)

Croatian Association of English Teachers - during the 1990s (headed the Pula branch)

List of select projects

Profformance + - Further Assessment Tool and Incentive Systems for Developing HE Teachers' Performance (EU project)

Profformance - Assessment Tool and Incentive Systems for Developing HE Teachers' Performance (EU project)

Educa-T - Emphasis on Developing and Upgrading of Competences for Academic Teaching (EU project)

AILA Research Network in Early Language Learning (ELL-ReN)

Acquisition of English from the Early Age: Analysis of Learner Interlanguage (Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sport)

Research into the Process of Early Foreign Language Learning (Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sport) 

Past employments

Faculty of Humanities, Juraj Dobrila University of Pula

Faculty of Teacher Education, University of Zagreb

Juraj Dobrila University of Pula

Four-Year College of Teacher Education in Pula, University of Rijeka

Faculty of Pedagogy in Pula (later the Faculty of Humanities)

Centar Primary School of Pula

Secondary Technical School of Pula

Part-time engagement: Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb & Rijeka (English Departments) & Faculty of Teacher Education in Zagreb

Hobbies and interests

travelling, reading, classical music (esp. opera), jazz, visual arts, photography