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Using the Academic Word List (AWL)

Learning Outcomes

This package aims to 
- introduce common word lists: the General Service List (GSL) and the Academic Word List (AWL)
- introduce the concept of off-list words
- introduce some vocabulary learning strategies

By the end of the package you should be able to 
- understand the general concept of word frequency and the challenges of learning less frequent words
- use 1-2 vocabulary learning strategies

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Academic Word List

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This is a wordle, or word cloud, of a news article about brain research on love's effect on pain*.  In this wordle, you probably know the most frequent words like love, people, pain, may, and brain. These common words appear in word lists representing the 2,000 most common English words. You probably know the word researchers because you are a university student.

on the Academic Word List

on the 1000 words list

on the 1000 words list

on the 2000 words list

on the 1000 words list

on the 2000 words list


Do you know other words in the word cloud?  Do you know depressed, functions, intense, involved, perception, response, reverse, similar, and whereas?  These words are all in the Academic Word List, or AWL. 

*Love can ease pain, say brain researchers. (2010, October 14). BBC. Retrieved from http://www.bbc.co.uk

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