The Academic Spoken Word List

Thi Ngoc Yen Dang, Averil Coxhead, Stuart Webb
2017 Language Learning  
S. (2017). The academic spoken word list. Language Learning, 67(4), 959 997. The linguistic features of academic spoken and written English are different (Biber, 2006 ). An Academic Spoken Word List (ASWL) was developed and validated to help second language (L2) learners enhance their comprehension of academic speech in English-medium universities. It contains 1,741 word-families with high frequency and wide range in a 13-million running-word academic spoken corpus. The ASWL represents the
more » ... ulary from 24 subjects across four equally-sized disciplinary sub-corpora. Its coverage in academic speech, academic writing, and non-academic speech indicates that the ASWL truly represents the most-frequent and wide-ranging words in academic speech. The list is graded into four levels according to Nation's (2012) BNC/COCA lists. Each level is divided into sub-lists of function words and lexical words. Users can choose the words from the list that are most suitable for learning. Depending on their vocabulary levels, learners may reach 92%-96% coverage of academic speech with the aid of the ASWL.
doi:10.1111/lang.12253 fatcat:v2q42t7xbrg3pihwxjzt6ildvm