Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

Academic Language

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An ongoing challenge for English Language Learners is developing an understanding of, and an ability to use, academic language.

Averil Coxhead from New Zealand has created an excellent Academic Word List site. Just as there are lists and sublists of High Frequency, or Sight, Words (the most commonly used English words) he presents lists and sublists of the most frequently-used academic words.

The lists are good, though there are many other sources of similar lists. The difference here is that he also tons of interactive exercises where Intermediate English Language Learners can practice them.

I’ve placed the link on my Intermediate English page under Vocabulary.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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  1. Hi Larry,
    Averil Coxhead compiled the Academic Word List, but Gerry Luton, an ESL instructor at the University of Victoria, built the site and vocabulary exercises to which you have linked. Gerry (along with Martin Holmes of Hot Potatoes) also created the software (Gerry’s Vocabulary Teacher) that makes the vocabulary exercises for the Academic Word List.
    Cheers, Byron
    P.S. Your site is a great resource for me and indirectly for ESL instructors at UVic.

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