16th International Conference


“Migration and Language Education”

Thessaloniki, Greece, 6-8 October 2017

David Little 

David Little retired in 2008 as Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and head of the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences at Trinity College Dublin. His principal research interests are: the theory and practice of learner autonomy in second and foreign language education; the management of linguistic diversity in schools and classrooms; and the use of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) to support the design of second language curricula, teaching and assessment. From 1998 to 2008 he was non-stipendiary director of Integrate Ireland Language and Training, a not-for-profit campus company funded by the Irish government to provide intensive English language courses for adult refugees and to support the teaching and learning of English as an Additional Language in primary and post-primary schools. This latter work included the development of a set of proficiency scales based on the CEFR, a version of the European Language Portfolio that was distributed in 5000 copies each year, and a suite of assessment instruments. Since 2006 David Little has also contributed to the Council of Europe’s work on the linguistic integration of migrants; in 2010, he wrote the Council’s concept paper The linguistic and educational integration of children and adolescents from migrant backgrounds.