Academic vocabulary is an important determiner of academic success for both native and non-native speakers of English (Corson, 1997; Gardner, 2013; Hsueh-chao & Nation, 2000). In an attempt to address this need, Coxhead (2000) developed the Academic Word List (AWL)—a list of words common across a range of academic disciplines; however, Gardner & Davies (2014) identified potential limitations in the AWL and have more recently produced their own list of core academic vocabulary—the Academic Vocabulary List (AVL). This study compares the occurrences of the AWL and AVL word families in an intensive English program (IEP) corpus of 50 texts to determine which list has the best overall coverage, frequency, and range in the corpus. While the results show a strong presence of both lists in the IEP corpus, the AVL outperforms the AWL in every measure analyzed in the study. Suggestions for instruction and future research regarding these lists are provided.
College and Department
Humanities; Linguistics and English Language
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Hernandez, Michelle Morgan, "Comparing the AWL and AVL in Textbooks from an Intensive English Program" (2017). Theses and Dissertations. 6458.
Academic Vocabulary, Academic Word List, AWL, Academic Vocabulary List, AVL, Intensive English Program, Corpus