Averil Coxhead's Academic Word List

Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The Academic Word List (AWL) by Averil Coxhead was prepared with a view to helping ESL learners and university students expand their academic vocabulary so that they can read and write academic texts in English better.


• Academic Word List consisting of 570 core academic words divided into 10 sub-lists in order of frequency

• General Service List consisting of 2,284 basic English words divided into 5 sub-lists in order of frequency

• AWL Highlighter - a program designed to help students learn academic vocabulary in context by highlighting academic words from any text pasted into it

• AWL Gapmaker - a program capable of creating tests from any academic text by replacing academic words with gaps

• Tips on how to use the Academic Word List, AWL Highlighter and AWL Gapmaker to learn and teach academic vocabulary

• Suggested sites for learning vocabulary for academic study

Site URL: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/~alzsh3/acvocab/index.htm

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