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The Academic Word List 

revised 12-29-11

http://www.victoria.ac.nz/lals/resources/academicwordlist/

The Academic Word List (AWL) was developed by Averil Coxhead as her MA thesis at the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.  The list contains 570 word families which were selected according to principles outlined below.  The list does not include words that are in the most frequent 2000 words of English. The AWL was primarily made so that it could be used by teachers as part of a programme preparing learners for tertiary level study or used by students working alone to learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

Here is  the first sublist of the AWL. You can get the other sublists from the website.

Sublist 1 of the Academic Word List - Most Frequent Words in Families

This sublist contains the most frequent words of the Academic Word List in the Academic Corpus.

analysis

approach

area

assessment

assume

authority         

available

benefit

concept

consistent

constitutional

context

contract

create

data

definition

derived

distribution

economic

environment

established

estimate

evidence

export

factors

financial

formula

function

identified

income

indicate

individual 

interpretation

involved

issues

labour

legal

legislation

major

method

occur

percent

period

policy

principle

procedure

process

required

research

response

role

section

sector

significant 

similar

source

specific

structure

theory

variables

 

 



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