Sarah Etchells

Associate Professor in Linguistics;

Course Leader, BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Language and linguistics

Research Supervision:Yes

Courses taught: English Language and Linguistics

Sarah is an applied linguist who is interested in the areas of semantics, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis and pedagogy.



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.