Academic Word List

A Project for Teaching and Learning Academic English Vocabulary

Friday, 12 06th

Last updateFri, 05 Sep 2014 10am

Guidelines for Learners

How to use

This website has been designed and developed for assisting ESL teachers in teaching, and learners in learning academic English vocabulary. Teachers may use the site as a tool to give web-based exercises to their students while learners may use it for autonomous learning as per their convenience, time and pace of learning. The guidelines presented below can be helpful to the teachers and learners respectively in teaching and learning academic vocabulary effectively.

Guidelines for learners 

  1. As context-based learning of vocabulary is considered more effective than word by word learning, learners should make good use of the ‘Corpus-based exercises’ for learning academic vocabulary through this site.
  2. Register on the site to secure your Login ID and Password.
  3. Read the blog for understanding basic issues related to learning academic vocabulary, guidelines and knowing the problems faced while learning vocabulary.
  4. Be aware of the target academic words from the Academic Word List (AWL) to be learnt. Refer to the AWL pdf file available on the site.
  5. Then click on the ‘Corpus-based exercises’ link. Choose any subject of your choice. You should type one word at a time in the AWL search window. Then the typed word will be instantly highlighted wherever it appears in the whole academic text.
  6. Learners should read as many examples as possible (at least 4-5) in order to understand the different forms of the word and to see how it is used in actual academic context. This will improve their knowledge of how a word is differently used in various contexts and multiple meanings.
  7. In this process, if you find it difficult to understand the meaning of the typed word, you should refer to the ‘AWL Dictionary’ on the site.
  8. You can contact the teacher through ‘Ask the teacher’ by submitting your query. The teacher will reply to it and that is how you can get your doubt clarified.
  9. Also read the blog for improving your knowledge about the issues related to learning vocabulary online.
  10. Follow us on facebook, twitter, linkedin, Google+, YouTube etc. in order to keep updated about the new activities on the site.
  11. Take the AWL Quizzes in order to know your improvement.

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,


Contact us

  • Add: Prof. Amit Hiray
    Assistant Professor
    MIT Academy of Engineering,
    Alandi (D) Pune – 412 105
  • Tel: +91-9923083701