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Profiling the Academic Word List (AWL) in a financial corpus

Authors
Journal
System
0346-251X
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
38
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.system.2010.06.015
Keywords
  • The Academic Word List (Awl)
  • Awl Coverage
  • Specialized Corpus
  • Vocabulary Teaching
  • Financial Corpus
Disciplines
  • Education

Abstract

Abstract The Academic Word List (AWL) ( Coxhead, 2000) was a word list systematically established on the basis of a computerized academic corpus. The 570 word families, which supposedly represent high-frequency academic words across a range of disciplines, have provided valuable reference for vocabulary pedagogy, while inspiring the development of some more specialized academic word lists. However, to effectively utilize the AWL in relation to vocabulary teaching that draws on a specialized corpus, it will be necessary to evaluate the presence of the AWL in the corpus. The present study aims to profile the presence of the AWL items in the Hong Kong Financial Services Corpus (HKFSC), and to explore ways to effectively teach the AWL items in the corpus.

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