Weekly study5 hours
Develop Your Academic Vocabulary for Study
Enhance your understanding of academic English, guided by leading ELT educators
To succeed in further study, you need a rich vocabulary of words used in academic contexts, though heard less often in daily life.
On this three-week course, delivered by Madelize Bekker, an expert in English Language Teaching (ELT), you’ll develop your spoken and written academic vocabulary and gain a headstart in your further studies.
Learn the meaning, form, and use of the first 180 words of the Academic Word List
The Academic Word List contains 570 words commonly used in general, rather than subject-specific, academic contexts. They are useful for learners interested in any subject.
On this course, you’ll be introduced to the first 180 words on the list. As the most commonly used words, these will help you understand lectures, read course texts, and take part in academic discussions.
Using examples and interactive activities, you’ll be able to recognise these words within your learning and engage more fully in your studies.
Improve your listening skills and English pronunciation
With an accompanying audio clip, you’ll learn how to pronounce every new word and be able to follow spoken lectures and learning content quicker. Each week will contain a speaking activity to help you gain confidence in using your knowledge in spoken contexts.
You’ll create sentences using your newly learned vocabulary and discover strategies for learning, remembering, and putting your learning into practice.
Develop your reading comprehension and formal writing skills in English
Using activities that focus on spelling, word forms, meaning, and use, you’ll ensure that your written work, whether in online discussions, exams, or essays, makes perfect sense.
By the end of this course, you’ll have expanded your academic vocabulary and be confident in using it in spoken and written contexts.
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Demonstrate an understanding of the meaning, form, and use of the first 180 words most frequently used in academic texts
- Produce and recognise the words in an academic context
- Modify a head word (use other word forms in the word family) to suit a specific context
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for learners who want to improve their academic English vocabulary or formal writing skills. It’s particularly suitable for those wanting to pass exams including IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, FCE, CAE, and PTE, or study at an English-medium university, as well as ELT educators who wish to use the Academic Word List with their class.
What software or tools do you need?
You don’t need any specific software or tools to complete this course but we do recommend that you keep a digital or print vocabulary notebook where you note down each new word you learn and where you type/write your practice sentences.
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