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Academic vocabulary


Academic Vocabulary in Use

M. McCarthy & F. O'Dell, Cambridge University Press, 2008.
An excellent study aid to anyone using English for their academic work. It covers all key vocabulary you will come across in academic textbooks, articles, lectures and seminars. 

English Collocations in Use

M. McCarthy & F. O'Dell, Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Ccollocations are combinations of words which frequently appear together. There are 60 easy-to-use two-page units with explanations on the left and exercises on the right. Using collocations will improve your written English, make it sound more natural and will help you avoid common learner errors.

Focus on Vocabulary: Mastering the Academic Word List

D. Schmitt & N. Schmitt, Longman, 2005.
A research-based vocabulary textbook that gives high-intermediate-advanced students the advantage they need to succeed in academic environments. Also includes collocations exercises to develop students' ability to form natural partnerships between the target vocabulary and other words. 

PhraseBook for Writing Papers and Research in English

S. Howe & K. Henriksson, The Whole World Company Press, 2007, fourth edition.
Contains over 5000 words and phrases to help you write at university and research level in English, and is specially designed for non-native speakers. Contains advice and help on writing plus a comprehensive word bank.


Academic word list 

Includes all 10 of Averil Coxhead's academic word lists plus exercises and links to practice the words. Also features the ‘Academic word list highlighter' which allows you to copy and paste a text after which the programme will highlight all the academic vocabulary contained in the list. 

English Club collocations

Has a very good explanation of what collocations are plus a variety of collocation exercises and quizzes. The site also provides links into other parts of which also contains useful information about grammar, punctuation, etc.

Using English for Academic Purposes

A good EAP site with among others the Academic Wordlist and a General Service List of English Words and exercises.
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