AWL

Academic Word List

A Project for Teaching and Learning Academic English Vocabulary

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About AWL

The AWL is the most recent and widely referred word list for teaching and learning academic vocabulary. The AWL was developed by Averil Coxhead from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand in the year 2000. It has 570 word families which were selected according to the parameters such as Range, Frequency and Uniformity of frequency. The AWL does not include words that appear in the most frequent 2000 words of English as it is assumed that the learner has acquired those words before entering the tertiary level education.

The AWL was primarily made for the teachers who could use it as part of a programme for preparing learners for tertiary level study or it could be used by the students to learn the academic words most needed to study at tertiary institutions. Coxhead applied a systematic and scientific approach to come up with her AWL. Initially, she developed a written corpus of academic English for the purpose of finding out which words occurred in a wide range of academic texts from a variety of subject areas. The Academic Corpus contained approximately 3,500,000 running words. It was divided into four faculty sections: Arts, Commerce, Law and Science. Each of these faculty sections contained approximately 875,000 running words. Each faculty section was divided into seven subject areas of approximately 125,000 running words. Coxhead recommends teaching and learning these words as they are crucial for the tertiary level students. This will help them enhance their academic communication and thereby academic performance.

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About AWL

The AWL is the most recent and widely referred word list for teaching and learning academic vocabulary. The AWL was developed by Averil Coxhead from the Victoria University of Wellington,

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