Some entries in the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary contain the symbol , indicating that they are on the Academic Word List. This list was developed by Averil Coxhead, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. It is a list of words that you are likely to meet if you study at an English-speaking university. The list was developed by analyzing a corpus, or body, of academic written texts to find out which words occurred across a range of 28 subject areas (such as Biology, History, Marketing, and International Law) in four academic disciplines (Arts, Commerce, Law, and Science). These words were selected because of their range and frequency of occurrence. The Academic Word List covers 10% of written academic text.
Below you can find entries that are part of the Academic Word List organized into sublists. Sublist 1 contains the most common words in the AWL. Sublist 2 contains the next most common words, and so on. There are 60 word familes in each sublist, except for sublist 10 which has 30.
For further information on the Academic Word List, visit the University of Victoria website.