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Resources Page for Academic Vocabulary: Academic Vocabulary


Watch a recording of our online How to Use Academic Vocabulary workshop

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Download the  How to Use Academic Vocabulary Workshop Presentation [PowerPoint file]

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See our Mini-Module on academic vocabulary



Improve your feeling for the differences between formal academic vocabulary and normal spoken English with this interactive activity


Match functions and phrases to build your academic vocabulary



Download Files:

Read our Vocabulary HowTo Guide  [PDF]: This has lots of useful information about Improving your Academic Vocabulary.

Three essential types of academic vocabulary [PDF]. Includes lists of words and how to use them.

Are you tired of writing "About" and "Regarding"?  Here are some alternative phrases for "about" and "regarding" with examples of how to use them [PDF].

Vocabulary for Writing Essays [PDF]. A table of words to use and their functions from the University of Sydney.

Useful links to external sites:


Useful links for hedging:

  • UEFAP [Opens in new window]
  • Manchester UniversityThis is a great site with lots of examples you can adapt and use yourself [Opens in new window]

The Academic Word List:

  • The Academic Word List (AWL) is a list of the core vocabulary used for writing at university in the UK. [Opens in new window]
  • You can also find the list here, UEFAP Selecting VocabularyClick "e.g." to see examples of sentences using the word. It also links to definitions and gives suggestions for smartphone apps for learning the list. [Opens in new window]


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