Academic Word List - Group 2

Posted by on February 17, 2016

The second 60 words of the Academic Word List which was developed to help students learning English master words that they are likely to encounter in an academic setting as well as higher level exams such as IELTS or TOFEL.


The Academic Word List is a specialized list of words that one is likely to encounter while engaging in academic situations such as reading text books, listening to lectures or having conversations at the academic level. It is necessary to master this list of words in order to perform well on the IELTS and TOEFL exam.



Best practice is for you to download the file and then practice writing sentences with the words from the list. You also need to be comfortable with other forms of the words. For example, the first word on this list is acquire. The word is in its verb form, an example sentence would be: "You will acquire the necessary vocabulary for performing well in the IELTS by studying the AWL." But you also need to consider the noun form which is 'acquisition;' "His acquisition of the property was achieved by malicious means." This word also has an adjective form 'acquired' (looks like a past tense verb but used as an adjective). "Listening to country music is an acquired taste."


From this you can see that each words represents 3-4 uses. You should be familiar and able to use each of the words forms.


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