Sarah Rilling

Sarah Rilling

Department of English
Professor and Teacher Education Coordinator
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Sarah Rilling (PhD, Northern Arizona University, 1998) is a professor in the area of teaching English as a second/additional language (TESL) within the Department of English. She teaches courses in applied linguistics, including language study (Descriptive Grammar), language policy (Sociolinguistics in Schooling), language curriculum (English for Specific Purposes), and language pedagogy (Practicum). Rilling's research and publications focus on inquiry and action in language teaching in an age of standards and nativization processes in modern language contact. Administrative work for English has resulted in licensure and endorsement programs in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) and a Bachelor of Arts in TESL.

Sample Books
  • Dantas-Whitney, M. & Rilling, S. (Eds). (2017). Voices from the language classroom: Participant inquiry in secondary schools. Alexandria, VA, TESOL, Inc.
  • Dantas-Whitney, M. & Rilling, S. (Eds). (2010). Authenticity in the language classroom and beyond: Children and adolescent learners. Alexandria, VA: TESOL, Inc. pp. viii; 264
  • Rilling, S. & Dantas-Whitney, M. (Eds). (2009). Authenticity in the language classroom and beyond: Adult Learners. Alexandria, VA: TESOL, Inc. pp. viii; 262.
  • Hanson-Smith, E. & Rilling, S. (Eds.). (2006). Learning languages through computers. Alexandria, VA: TESOL, Inc. pp. iv. 332.
Sample Articles
  • Matsuura, H., Rilling, S., Chiba, R., Kim, J., & Nur, R. (2017). Intelligibility and comprehensibility in English as a lingua franca: Nativized English in Japanese. Asian Englishes. 
  • Matsuura, H., Chiba, R., Mahoney, S., & Rilling, S. (2014). Accent and speech rate effects in English as a lingua franca. System, 46, 143-150.


Ph.D. Northern Arizona University


Multilingual Literacy, TESL Methodology, Educational Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, ESL, Internal Education, critical reflective teaching of English as a second/additional language, intelligibility across Englishes, linguistic flow, English loanwords in modern languages, identity and language use, world Englishes




Research Institutes and Initiatives

Global Understanding Research Initiative