Publications and Presentations




A list of publications specifically linked to languages education and literacy development, with links to public versions where available. For a full list of publications (including those unrelated to languages education), please see my staff page at the University of Sheffield.

Little, S. (2019) 'Great Aunt Edna's Vase -  Metaphor Use in Working with Heritage Language Families'. The Family Journal, DOI: 10.1177/1066480719833417 - For Green Open Access, see here.

Little, S. (2018) '"Is there an app for that?" Exploring games and apps among heritage language families'. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, DOI: 10.1080/01434632.2018.1502776 

Little, S. (2017) 'Whose heritage? What inheritance?: Conceptualising Family Language Identities'. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, DOI: 10.1080/13670050.2017.1348463

Little, S. and Al-Wahaibi, S. (2017): ''We Are Not As They Think About Us': Exploring Omani EFL Learners' 'Selves' in Digital Social Spaces'. Multicultural Education Review. DOI: 10.1080/2005615X.2017.1346557

Little, S. (2017) 'A generational arc: early literacy practices among Pakistani and Indian heritage language families’. International Journal of Early Years Education, DOI: 10.1080/09669760.2017.1341302

Lamb, T. and Little, S. (2016): Assessment for Autonomy, Assessment for Learning, and Learner Motivation: Fostering Learner Identities. In D. Tsagari (ed) Classroom-based Assessment in L2 Contexts. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press (pp. 184-206)

Nutbrown, C., Clough, P., Levy, R., Little, S., Lamb, T., and Yamada-Rice, D., (2016) 'Families’ roles in children’s literacy in the UK throughout the 20th century', in Journal of Early Childhood Literacy. DOI: 10.1177/1468798416645385

Little, S. (2008): ‘Linking collaboration to learner autonomy: peer cognizance in action’, in M Jiménez Raya and T 
Lamb (eds): Pedagogy for autonomy in modern languages education: theory, practice, and teacher education. Dublin: Authentik



Selected Presentations on Heritage Language and Family Language


Little, S. (2018) "Mehrsprachigkeit als Erbe: Identitätsbildung und Konflikte in mehrsprachigen Familien in England" (Multilingualism as Heritage: Identity Formation and Conflict in Multilingual Families in England). Invited talk at University Hamburg, 23rd April 2018.

Little, S. (2018) “Die gutest Mama in die world – Families working together in heritage language learning". Keynote at Talking about Language and Emotions At Home, Conference and Expert Meeting. 8th-9th May, Brussels, Belgium.

Little, S. (2018) "Resurrecting the Heritage Language". Language, Identity and Education in Multilingual Contexts. 1st-3rd February 2018, Dublin, Ireland.


Little, S. (2017) Symposium on Technology-enhanced language learning, AILA (International Association of Applied Linguistics) World Congress, 23rd-28th July 2017, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Little, S. (2017) “So near and yet so far: exploring diversity, belonging and identity with Sheffield’s primary school children” Belonging in a post-Brexit vote Britain conference, Sheffield, UK (May 2017)


Little, S. (2017) “Rivers of Reading: Reading as part of identity construction during the life course”. St Catherine’s School, Malta (May 2017)


Little, S. (2016) “How the other half lives - literacy and pupil diversity” UK Literacy Association 52nd International Conference, Bristol, UK (July 2016)


Little, S. (2016) “Technology use in the home to support language learning - heritage language perspectives” Young Language Learners Conference, Oxford, UK (July 2016)


Little, S. (2015) “Heritage language literacy support at primary level - are YouTube and Apps the answer?” UK Literacy Association 51st International Conference, Nottingham, UK (July 2015)


Little, S. (2015): “I don’t know what you’re saying, Mummy!” - Plurilingual Families in a Monolingual Environment.  2015 World  Congress  of  Modern Languages, Niagara Falls, Canada (March 2015)


Levy, R, Little, S, Nutbrown, C, Clough, P, Bishop, J, Lamb, T and Yamada-Rice, D (2014): “Attitudes to Reading and Writing and their Links with Social Mobility 1914-2014 – An Evidence Review”, Reading Changes Lives conference (Booktrust), Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London (March)