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Academic Word List

Please provide an answer to the following question. Please site references if you use the work of others.

1. Do you agree that mastering the Academic Word List will help us convince an audience that we are knowledgeable and well educated?" Why or why not?

2. Do you agree wtih Averil Coxhead's claim "The academic Word List provides useful information about which words give the bet return for learning for students with academic goals, and highlights the words which learners will meet in a wide range of academic texts" Why or why not?

3. Do you agree with David Corson's claim that in the English-speking world the failure to master the high-status, Latin-derived vocabulary creates a barrier--a lexical br--to moving ahead economically, socially, professionally? Why or Why not? Give a couple of examples from your experience. For instance, do you know someone who has advanced professionally largely on the basis of his or her mastery of high-status English vocabulary?

4. Locate a Web site that provides a list of academic terms other than the AWL. What is the Web site's URL? What advantages do you think this list migh have over the AWL for students attempting to master academic writing? Why? What disadvantages do you think it might have? Why?

5. Consider the following pagagraph (Kaplan, 2002):

Because individual students may shirk their responsibility when involved in team assignments, evaluation tools must be in place to measure individual performance and adjust individual grades accordingly. One of the most common approaces for measuring individual performance in a team project is the use of confidential peer evaluation. This evaluation should use a scoring system that differentiates individuals within teams and not between teams.

Rewrite the paragraph to make it easier for less-sophisticated readers to understand.

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Please provide an answer to the following question. Please site references if you use the work of others.

1. Do you agree that mastering the Academic Word List will help us convince an audience that we are knowledgeable and well educated?" Why or why not?

The list was compiled following an analysis of over 3,500,000 words of text ( http://web.uvic.ca/~gluton/awl/id18.htm). It is definitely a good starting point and one indicator that we are knowledgeable, at least in these sets of words. However, tone, dress and presentation style are also very important to present as knowledgeable and well educated. Another important factor to consider is that AWL focuses on a small percentage of the English words, and it is not academic specific, which is also imperative for academic success. That is, in addition to these words, we also need to master the language and concepts of our particular field of study (e.g., business) to be convincing about our knowledge ability and education status.

2. Do you agree with Averil Coxhead's claim "The academic Word List provides useful information about which words give the best return for learning for students with academic goals, and highlights the words which learners will meet in a wide range of academic texts." Why or why not?
Actually, I just went through the 570 words presented in AWL and I do agree somewhat with Averil Coxhead's claim. Why? First, I experienced the word lists to form this opinion. Second, it is research based so it does have some reliability in terms of being the words most often used (e.g., list was compiled following an analysis of over 3,500,000 words of text), which is clearly important for us to know for academic success. ...

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By responding to the questions, this solution discusses aspects of Academic Word List. The systems that differentiates individuals within teams and not between teams are determined.

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