Websites featuring the Academic Word List (AWL)
There are a number of interesting and useful websites which have information about the Academic Word List and exercises and tests to help you learn this vocabulary.
Using English for Academic Purposes
This is a comprehensive and authoritative guide to learning academic vocabulary. The pages are clearly laid out and make useful distinctions between the General Service List (GSL), the AWL, subject specific vocabulary and less frequent vocabulary.
Vocabulary Levels Test (Productive)
This is part of the site created by Tom Cobb, of Quebec University, Canada as a vast and comprehensive resource for vocabulary learning. The University Word List (UWL) is similar to the AWL. The tests are simple to take and give immediate feedback.
Vocabulary Exercises for the Academic Word List
This site, by Gerry Luton, gives a brief, clear introduction to the AWL and has a huge number of exercises. For the exercises, the word families for each sub-list have been further divided into six groups for ease of study, with three separate gap-fill exercises for each group.
This site gives basic information about the AWL and has some unique features. It provides links to printable sub-lists in Word. It also lists the words on the General Service Wordlist. It has exercises and concordances, and some brief but useful information on how to use concordances.
Martin McMorrow’s Podcasts
This site, created by Martin McMorrow an English teacher working at Massey University in New Zealand, is not exclusively based upon the AWL, but it does include a focus on basic academic vocabulary. In includes a link to - and tasks based upon - a wide range of authentic listening and reading texts. There is quite a strong emphasis on business. There is also a photo of the day and a bit about New Zealand culture.
This site has two vocabulary tests based on the AWL. They involve speed reading of 4 definitions against a timer, which can be turned off. Each definition is highlighted in turn as the cursor is run over it. Immediate feedback in the form of a green Correct! that flashes up. An example sentence is given at bottom of the exercise once an answer is chosen. Exercises are divided into ‘sets’ of 10 questions.
Student Tools: Essential Academic Vocabulary - Mastering the Complete Academic Word List
These pages are a web-based resource for the book Student Tools: Essential Academic Vocabulary - Mastering the Complete Academic Word List by Helen Huntley.
The Academic Word List
This is the website of Averil Coxhead who created the AWL. It gives a useful list of headwords as well as sub-lists of AWL. It explains the rationale behind the AWL and gives lists of all words in the word families.