Sarah Etchells

Associate Professor
Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Humanities and Social Sciences
Areas of Expertise:
Language and linguistics
Research Supervision:
Courses taught:

Sarah is an Associate Professor in Linguistics and Course Leader for ARU's BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics. She is an applied linguist who is interested in the areas of semantics, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis and pedagogy.

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Before joining Anglia Ruskin, Sarah taught syntax and grammar at the British Institute in Rome and in Vicenza in Italy. Her first degree was in music and the link between music and language grew.

Sarah continues to be interested in second language acquisition, the influence of motivation and the age factor in the second language acquisition process as well as culture, identity and intercultural issues in higher education.

Research interests
  • Syntax
  • Semantics
  • Pedagogy
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Discourse analysis
Areas of research supervision
  • The effect of English culture on Arabic students studying in the UK
  • The language of the social media – implications of Facebook
  • Classroom theory and practice
  • MA Applied Linguistics
  • CELTA Teacher Trainer
  • DELTA, Regent School Rome
  • CELTA, Basil Patterson School of English
  • Graduate Diploma in Music, CCAT
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange
  • UCCLES external examiner
  • External examiner, University of Bedfordshire MA TESOL
Selected recent publications

Case study: Motivation in Learning - Good Learner Study. IATEFL.