Academic Word List Highlighter
Introduction to the Academic Word List (AWL)
The Academic Word List, (Coxhead 2000) consists of 570 word ‘families’ commonly found in academic subject texts. These words also occur in newspapers and other non-fiction texts but are less common in fiction. Each word family consists of a head word and related words. For example, the verb consult (v) has as its ‘family members’, consultant (n), consultancy (n), consultative (adj), consultation (n).
This page provides two resources for learning academic words: a word highlighter and a gapmaker. Both these activities enable teachers and learners to understand and use the words in the context of real texts.