The Academic Word List (AWL)
Academic Word List was developed at the
School of Linguistics and Applied
Language Studies at Victoria
University of Wellington, New Zealand. The list contains 570
word families which were selected according to principles outlined
below. The list does not include words that are in the most frequent
2000 words of English. The AWL was primarily made so that it could be
used by teachers as part of a programme preparing learners for
tertiary level study or used by students working alone to learn the
words most needed to study at tertiary institutions. The Academic Word
List replaces the University Word List.
is the European Commissions multilingual term bank. When it was first
set up in 1973 the development team drew upon the know-how and
lexicographic material of two other tools available to Commission
translators: Dicautom, a phrasal automatic dictionary launched in
1964, and Euroterm, a translation dictionary developed in 1962-68. The
four original languages of Eurodicautom were Dutch, French, German and
Italian, to which Danish and English were added in 1973, Greek in
1981, Portuguese and Spanish in 1986, and Finnish and Swedish in 1995.
Latin is also present.