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Professor David Little

Fellow Emeritus (C.L.C.S.)


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Founder member and chairman of Institiúid Teangeolaíochta Éireann's Modern Languages Project 1978-83
Chairman of Royal Irish Academy's National Commission for the Teaching of Modern Continental Languages 1981-83
Trinity College representative on Department of Education's Syllabus Committee for Leaving Certificate German 1983-85
Director, Integrate Ireland Language and Training (successor to the Refugee Language Support Unit), a not-for-profit campus company of Trinity College 2001-Present
Member of interim Board of Language Studies of the Curriculum and Examinations Board 1985-86
Report to the Refugee Agency and the Department of Education and science: Meeting the Language Needs of Refugees 1996
Responsible for developing support materials and delivering in-service training for teachers of English as a second language to newcomer pupils in primary and post-primary schools (under the aegis first of the Refugee Language Support Unit, then of Integrate Ireland Language and Training) 2000-Present
Director of Integrate Ireland Language and Training, which replaced the Refugee Language Support Unit 2001-Present
Convenor and chair, National European Language Portfolio Committee 2001-Present
Consultant and contributor to various aspects of the Council of Europe's Modern Languages Projects 1985-Present
Member of the Council of Europe's network of European Language Portfolio pilot projects 1998-2000
Consultant to the Council of Europe's European Language Portfolio Validation Committee (in this capacity I have written a series of discussion papers and short studies) 2000-Present
Coordinator of the Council of Europe's international seminars on the European Language Portfolio 2001-Present
Member of the Council of Europe's European Language Portfolio Validation Committee 2005-Present
Member of the editorial board of ReCALL, journal of EUROCALL (the European Association for Computer-Assisted Language Learning) 1994-Present
Member of the editorial board of System, an international journal of educational technology and applied linguistics 1996-Present
Review editor of System 1996-2000
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
French Fluent Medium Medium
German Fluent Fluent Fluent
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President of CERCLES 1995 2000
EUROCALL (European Association for Computer-Assisted Language Learning) 1993 Present
Founder member of CERCLES (European Confederation of Language Centres in Institutions of Higher Education) 1991 Present
European Second Language Association 1990 Present
Founder member of DULC (Directors [now Association] of University Language Centres in Great Britain and Ireland) 1982 Present
Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée 1980 Present
Irish Association for Applied Linguistics 1980 Present
Conference of University Teachers of German in Great Britain and Ireland 1967 1979
Teaching immigrants the language of the host community: two object lessons in the need for continuous policy development in, editor(s)J. Charles Alderson , The Politics of Language Education: Individuals and Institutions, Clevedon, Multilingual Matters, 2009, pp104 - 124, [David Little and Barbara Lazenby Simpson], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Learner autonomy and the need for a new language assessment culture in, editor(s)E. Wehrlen & F. Tissot , Angwandte Linguistik und Sprachvermittlung in Europa, Hohengehren, Schneider Verlag, 2009, pp147 - 152, [David Little], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Learner autonomy, the European Language Portfolio and teacher development in, editor(s)Richard Pemberton, Sarah Toogood, Andy Barfield , Maintaining control: autonomy and language learning, Hong Kong, Hong Kong University Press, 2009, pp147 - 173, [David Little], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
The Council of Europe's contribution to the Europeanization of language education in, Europäisierung der Bildung: Konsequenzen und Herausforderungen für die Schulpädagogik, Wiesbaden, VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 2009, pp87 - 94, [David Little], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
David Little, Some Comenian reflections on language learning at university, Johannes Amos Comenius: the legacy to the culture of education, Prague, 16/17 November 2007, edited by Svatava Chocholová, Markéta Pánková & Martin Steiner , Academia, Praha, 2009, pp577 - 582, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
David Little, Language learner autonomy and the European Language Portfolio: two L2 English examples, Language Learning, 42, (2), 2009, p222 - 233, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Learner autonomy in practice: a challenge for university language teaching in, editor(s)R. Arntz & B. Kühn , Autonomes Fremdsprachenlernen in Hochschule und Erwachsenenbildung, Bochum, AKS-Verlag, 2008, pp47 - 63, [David Little], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
David Little, The Council of Europe and language education policies, Everyday Multilingualism/Lebensweltliche Mehrsprachigkeit, Eisenstadt, 13-15 June 2008, Österreichische UNESCO-Kommission/Bundesministerium für Unterricht, Kunst und Kultur, 2008, pp51 - 54, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
David Little, The European Centre for Modern Languages and the European Language Portfolio, Language Teaching, 41, (3), 2008, p439 - 440, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
David Little, English language support at post-primary level: a contribution from the Trinity Immigration Initiative, Learn (Journal of the Irish Learning Support Association), 30, 2008, p19 - 23, Journal Article, PUBLISHED

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Learner autonomy and the language of reflection: the importance of inner speech in, Investigating and Facilitating Language Learning. Papers in honour of Lienhard Legenhausen, Trier, Wissenschaftlicher Verlag, 2006, pp255 - 263, [David Little], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
David Little, Jennifer Ridley, Ema Ushioda, Learner autonomy in the foreign language classroom: teacher, learner, curriculum and assessment, Dublin, Authentik, 2003, 252pp, Book, PUBLISHED
David Little, Jennifer Ridley, Ema Ushioda, Towards greater learner autonomy in the foreign language classroom, Dublin, Authentik, 2002, 162pp, Book, PUBLISHED
D. G. Little, European Language Portfolio: guide for teachers and teacher trainers, Strasbourg, Council of Europe, 2001, 103pp, Notes: [Published simultaneously in French as Portfolio européen des langues: guide à l'usage des enseignants et formateurs d'enseignants. A Czech translation was published in 2002 and Georgian and Russian translations in 2003.], Book, PUBLISHED
D. G. Little, Media, technologies and foreign language learning, Dublin, Authentik, 1998, 84pp, Book, PUBLISHED
D. G. Little, Learner autonomy and learner counselling' (with contributions from Helmut Brammerts, Karin Kleppin and Ana Ojanguren), 'A guide to language learning in tandem via the Internet'. CLCS Occasional Paper, 1996, p23 - 34, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
D. G. Little, Learner Autonomy 1: Definitions, Issues and Problems, Dublin, Authentik, 1991, 62pp, Book, PUBLISHED
David Little and Seán Devitt, Authentik: The User's Guide, Dublin, Authentik, 1991, 41pp, Book, PUBLISHED
Media, media technologies and language learning: some applied linguistic perspectives in, editor(s)D. Little and B. Ó Meadhra , Media Technologies and Language Learning, Dublin, Irish Association for Applied Linguistics, 1991, pp3 - 16, [D. G. Little], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
David Little, Seán Devitt and David Singleton, Learning Foreign Languages from Authentic Texts: Theory and Practice, Dublin, Authentik, in association with CILT (London), 1989, 122pp, Notes: [Reprinted 1991.], Book, PUBLISHED


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Award Date
Fellow of Trinity College Dublin 1995