Anthony Elloway 2013 1PROFILING YOURVOCABULARYUsingVocabularyProfiler
Anthony Elloway 2013 2IntroductionAs well as knowing the frequent general words and thegeneral academic words (words from the Academic WordList), you also need to know the specific (technical) wordsfor your subject. The subject specific/technical words makeup about 5% of the words of most academic texts.In this presentation, you will learn how to use a websitecalled Vocabulary Profiler to identify the academic andtechnical words used in publications in your academic field.
Anthony Elloway 2013 3Vocabulary ProfilerVocabulary Profiler is a website that categorises all thewords in a text by their frequency and shows them indifferent colours representing how common they are: red for words from a list of the 1,000 most frequent green for words from a list of the second most frequent 1,000 blue for words from the Academic Word List pink for words from the University Word List (ignore this list) black for less common words (technical terms, names etc)
Anthony Elloway 2013 4Vocabulary in Academic TextsThe AWL researchers analysed university textbooks andfound these were typical percentages for the words fromthe frequency levels: • the first 1,000 most frequent words made up 75% of texts • the second 1,000 most frequent words 5% of texts • the 570 AWL keywords (and UWL) made up 10% of texts • the remaining 10% of words in academic texts were ‘off-list’ - technical vocabulary, names of people and places, and other uncommon vocabulary.
Anthony Elloway 2013 5Using Vocabulary Profiler1. Find an electronic academic text from your academic field – you could use one of the articles you found in Week 22. Highlight and copy all or part of the article3. Go to the Vocabulary Profiler website (click on this link)4. Paste the copied text into the box and click Start.5. Vocabulary Profiler will show you your text in 5 different colours, with percentages.6. Compare the percentages it produces with the ‘typical’ percentages (previous slide) to see how academic the text is.7. Is your text typical, less academic, or more academic?
Anthony Elloway 2013 6ConclusionYou can use Vocabulary Profiler to notice andlearn unfamiliar vocabulary in academic texts, or toanalyse your own writing to see how ‘academic’ itis - in other words, how your use of words inwriting compares with that in printed academictexts. To achieve an academic style of Englishwriting, you should aim to use approximately thesame percentages of the different categories ofvocabulary in your texts as is common in academicbooks and articles.