William Grabe, PhD

William Grabe Regents' Professor
Northern Arizona University
Applied Linguistics
Phone: 928-523-6274


William Grabe, Ph.D., (University of Southern California)
Vice President for Research, NAU,
Regents' Professor - English Department, Northern Arizona University


1984 - Ph.D. Linguistics, University of Southern California, L.A.

Fields of Specialization

  • Written discourse analysis
  • Acquisition of reading and writing
  • Literacy
  • Teacher training

Publications 2011-Present

  • Reading assessment. (with X. Jiang). In A. Kunnan (Ed.), Companion to language assessment. 4 Volumes. (Vol. 1. pp. 185-201). Malden, MA: Blackwell. 2014.
  • EAP reading instruction: Guidelines for the ESL/EFL teacher. (with F. Stoller). In M. Celce-Murcia, D. M. Brinton, & M. A. Snow (Eds.), Teaching English as a second or foreign language (4th ed., pp. 189-205). Boston, MA: National Geographic Learning/Cengage Learning. 2014.
  • Second language reading – writing relations. (with C. Zhang). In A. Horning and B. Kraemer (Eds.), Reconnecting reading and writing (pp.108-133).New York: Bedford/St Martins. 2013.
  • Instructional enhancements to improve students’ reading abilities (with F. Stoller, N. Anderson, R. Komiyama). English Teaching Forum, 51(1), 2-11. 2013.
  • Reading and writing together: A critical component of EAP teaching and learning (with C. Zhang). TESOL Journal,12(1), 3-12. 2013.
  • Teaching reading (with F. Stoller). In C. Chapelle (Ed.), The encyclopedia of applied linguistics. 10 Volumes. (8 pp.). Blackwell. 2013.
  • Reading and language for specific purposes (with F. Stoller). In C. Chapelle (Ed.), The encyclopedia of applied Linguistics. 10 Volumes. (7 pp.). Blackwell. 2013.
  • Research on vocabulary and reading: Implications for teaching. L Joffe (Ed.), JACET Summer Institute Proceedings [39th JACET Summer Seminar]. (pp. 4-13). Tokyo: Japan: Japan Association of College English Teachers.  2012.
  • Handbook articles: A defense of the synthesis article. Modern Language Journal, 96(1). 2012. 
  • Skills and strategies in foreign language reading. (with X. Jiang). In Y. Ruiz de Zarobe and L. Ruiz de Zarobe (eds.), La lectura en lengua extranjera  (reading in a foreign language) (pp. 2-31).  Berkeley, CA: Portal Ed. 2011.
  • The percentage of words known in a text and reading comprehension. (with N. Schmitt, and X. Jiang) Modern Language Journal, 95, 26-43, 2011.