What is Academic Vocabulary?
Academic vocab is different than usual English vocabulary, more like words we use in formal English. These words are used in academic books, journals and for scholarly purpose. For example:
In place of writing 'detail'- academic writing would use 'explains'; Academic vocabulary does not 'tell' but 'inform'
It always justifies, validates, rationalises not just gives reasons.
Academic language uses words like evaluate, illustrate, depict, classify, persuade, contrast, & debate
How many Academic Words are there in Academic List?
There are 57o academic core words which occur repeatedly in all academic texts all over the world. You could be studying anywhere across the world but these words remain same for academic purposes.
First lets discover words mentioned in "Vocabulary Word Lists."
Academic English features specific terms,general terms used differently to explain subjects’ matters because, it involves reading text books,articles, journals, reports and writing reports, essays, dissertation and of course examinations.
Academic English words tend to be more formal in writing but can be informal when used in spoken language, like,
Why most ESL learners have poor academic English vocabulary?
It is because students do not know core words they should learn and on teachers too expect students to know them already. Whereas students completely rely on teachers to guide them on this matter. So, the result is students fail in their academic pursuits.
I think the greatest work for any English teacher is to introduce his/her students’ to critical role academic words/ lexicon plays in academic tasks/ success and for professional achievements.
Although, vocabulary learning, especially academic language/ vocabulary is a difficult task ( English words are complex like: polysemes, homonyms, synonyms, homophones, contextual use).
But if you follow theses Vocabulary learning strategies I am certain it will make a huge difference to your vocabulary size and motivation level.
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