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Academic Word List (AWL) for ESL Students

Academic Word List (AWL) for EAL Students

As an English as an Additional Language (EAL) learner or IELTS exam taker, you may find difficulty learning vocabulary.

How much vocabulary is enough for academic purpose? It is unrealistic to memorise all vocabulary in a dictionary.

Academic Word List (AWL) will definitely a good starter if you plan to have IELTS exam or plan to further studying in university.


What is  Academic Word List (AWL)? 

It is the most common words in journals, texts and course notes in a range of disciplines.

There are 570 words (word families) in the list, it contains 10 subsists


Why EAL learner should learn AWL?

  • Understand your lectures more easily.
  • Improve your academic writing and complete assignments more quickly.
  • Build your confidence in talking with lecturers and other students.
  • Read your course material more quickly and effectively.

Download AWL 

Academic Word Sublist 1



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