September 5, 2019 @ 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
City University of Hong Kong
Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building - Room 2312 (second floor)


It is well accepted today that an extensive vocabulary is perhaps the most important basis for language proficiency. Research indicates, moreover, that incidental acquisition through written or spoken input is not sufficient: we need to enrich students’ vocabulary knowledge through deliberate selection, teaching and review. But how to select? It has been assumed by some that Coxhead’s Academic Word List (AWL) is a satisfactory basis for selection: but the AWL has some serious shortcomings. In this session I will explore some of the research as well as my own experience working with colleagues on the selection and listing of an academic vocabulary syllabus. The session will end with some discussion of the practical uses of such a syllabus for EAP.

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  • Discussion session (3:30-4:30 p.m.)
  • Seminar (5:00-6:30 p.m.)

Venue: Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building – Room 2312 (second floor)

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