Here’s a link to a great online tool that I’ve been using for a while: an Academic Word List highlighter. The tool allows you to highlight words in a text that are on the Academic Word List (AWL).
And best of all, it’s free and easy to use!
Check out the video below to see how to use it:
(If you can’t view the video above, try viewing it directly on our YouTube channel).
Here’s a summary of my instructions on the video:
- Choose a text that you’ve already read.
- Copy and paste the text (or part of the text) into the Academic Word List highlighter at the link above.
- Press the ‘Submit’ button and then scroll down to see the academic vocabulary highlighted.
- Check you understand the meaning of the academic vocabulary in the text, and notice how the words are used.
If you’re wondering why it’s a good idea to improve your academic vocabulary as part of your IELTS preparation, check out the blog post ‘Why is the Academic Word List important?‘.
Have a good weekend,
Update: the Academic Word List Highlighter in the video above is no longer available but there is another one available on the University of Nottingham website.