Teaching the Academic Word List

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10 minutes, 11 seconds

In 2000, Averil Coxhead determined that there was a set of words that was crucial for success in an English academic context, the Academic Word List. This brought about a large change in the way vocabulary for English for Academic Purposes was viewed. In this course, we will look at what the Academic Word List is, the background to its development, why it is important for both instructors and students to be aware of it, and finally some strategies and activities to use when teaching the Academic Word List.

Course Agenda:

1. What is the Academic Word List?
2. Understanding the Structure of the Academic Word List
3. Why is the Academic Word List important?
4. Teaching the Academic Word List: Strategies and Activities