AWL Academic Word List - Workbook 02: Guided Practice for Pre-University Students
ACADEMIC WORD LIST
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PREPARATION FOR UNIVERSITY STUDIES
Workbook # 2
A SELF-STUDY, ONLINE PROGRAMME FOR
AWL WORD MEANING
Compiled by Jaime Alfredo Cabrera
For the Scholars of
Albukhary International University
REQUIRED: READING SKILLS, WRITING SKILLS
REQUIRED: COMPUTER, INTERNET CONNECTION, HEADPHONE
Workbook Part 2
GOAL: To practice and record mastery of the Academic Word List
Academic Word ListCoxhead (2000). The most frequent word in each family is in italics. There are 570
headwords and about 3000 words altogether.
For more information see The Academic Word List.
For more practice see: Schmitt & Schmitt (2005), or the Compleat Lexical Tutor.
If you have an iPhone and want to practise these words, you could try: Flashcards Deluxe. Install the
application, then search in the shared library for "Academic Word List".
Or you might like to try Testmaker. Install the application, then follow the instructions to use this file.
1. How to Answer:
Step 1. There are 18 sets of 32 words (the last set has 27 words).
Step 2. Type your answer in each box. The table will expand accordingly if you have this in MS
Word. For a free copy of the MS Word document, email email@example.com.
Step 3. In the boxes for Translation, translate the headword into your native language. Mark (n) for
the noun translation, (v) for the verb translation, (adj) for the adjective translation, and
(adv) for the adverb translation. If the word is a conjunction or a preposition, mark (con) or
Step 4. In the boxes for Noun, Verb, Adjective, and Adverb, syllabicate with dashes (-): AD-JEC-TIVE.
Colour/boldface the stressed syllable like this: AD-JEC-TIVE. Write X for “no answer.”
Noun Forms Verb Forms Adjective Forms Adverb Forms
LOVE, LO-VING LOVE LOVE-LY LO-VING-LY
Step 5. In the boxes for Negative, answers usually begin with dis-, un- or in- (disinterested, unusual,
Step 6. In the boxes for Antonyms, the answers are words that mean the opposite (tall = short, long
= short, male = female, live = die)
Step 7. If there is no answer, type NONE.
2. Deadline: Email the instructor your progress according to an agreed schedule. You may email more
than one set at a time if you wish to complete the vocabulary sets sooner.
3. Results: Your SCORES and grades will be emailed to you within three working days after your
This is a take-home, pass-or-fail mastery system. You get either 100 or zero (0).
Your goal is to master (grade of 100%) all 18 sets in 10 weeks to get a 100%. Otherwise you
can work according to your natural speed. Grades will be computed this way:
Mastered A* A B C D E F
16-18 Sets 91-100%
13-15 Sets 81-90%
10-12 Sets 71-80%
7-9 Sets 61-70%
4-6 Sets 51-60%
1-3 Sets 41-50%
0 sets 0%
Name Student Number Date Completed
Academic Word List: Set 1
Headwords Translation Word families Definition Noun Verb Adjective Adverb Negative Synonyms Antonyms
1. abandon Spanish (v):
A BAN DO
abandon A BAN
X UN A
recklessness, lack of restraint,
lack of inhibition, wildness,
Verb: relinquish, surrender, give
up, cede, yield, leave; renounce,
relinquish, dispense with,
disclaim, forgo, disown,
disavow, discard, wash one's
hands of, desert, leave, leave
high and dry, turn one's back
on, cast aside, break (up) with,
empty or uninhabited, without
intending to return; synonyms:
vacate, leave, depart from,
withdraw from, quit, evacuate,
indulge in, give way to, give
oneself up to, yield to, lose
up, cede, yield,
2. abstract abstraction,
3. academy academia, academic,
4. access accessed, accesses,
5. accommodate accommodated,
6. accompany accompanied,
7. accumulate accumulated, accumulate
This workbook is dedicated to the scholars of Albukhary International
University who come from 45 countries around the world. Thank you.
About the Author
Jaime Alfredo Cabrera is a lecturer at the School of Business and at the
Centre for Foundation Studies of the Albukhary International University in
Alor Star, Malaysia.
For comments or suggestions, or for a free copy of the MS Word file
(.docx) please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 STANDING L-R: Pa Pa Min (Myanmar); Ameroden Lao (Philippines); Patrya Paing (Myanmar); Zhang Zhiguang (China); Yahya Bakhit
(Uganda); Isaac Bate Obenson (Cameroon); Liban Omar Moalim Mohamud (Somalia); Lin Ye Htut Aung (Myanmar). SITTING: Yusuf
Saleh Lubama Demuna (Philippines); Khine Khant Soe Lwin (Myanmar); Jaime Alfredo Cabrera (Philippines). Photo courtesy of Zhang
Jiguang (China). Sept 2014 Alor Setar, Malaysia