Dr Sabine Little


  • Lecturer in Educational Studies (Languages Education), School of Education
  • Tel: 0114 222 8089
  • Email: s.little@sheffield.ac.uk
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Sabine’s research focuses on young speakers of heritage languages, and the role of the family to support both heritage language development and “school work”. She is also interested in the constructions of identity for speakers of multiple languages, and games-based language learning. Sabine has been involved in numerous projects, attracting funding from ERASMUS, the UK Literacy Association, Booktrust, JISC, the Society for Educational Studies, etc. She regularly participates in public engagement events, sharing her research with the wider public, particularly teachers, families and children.

Sabine has recently completed a research project funded by the UK Literacy Association, where she worked with heritage language families to explore how they use technology to support the heritage language. The results of the study are currently being disseminated locally, nationally and internationally.

In summer 2016, Sabine was part of a successful ERASMUS bid. Together with colleagues from Germany, Spain, Ireland and Luxembourg, she is working on a project that focuses on helping children from immigrant and refugee families, by giving teachers a platform to exchange ideas and develop their skills of teaching reading in multicultural, plurilingual, and diverse classrooms.

At the School of Education, Sabine directs the MA Applied Professional Studies in Education (online) and the iPGCE, both distance learning programmes taken by teachers working in a variety of education contexts across the globe, and engaging in practitioner research as part of their studies.

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