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Vocabulary Exercises for the Academic Word List
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Useful Vocabulary Links

Gerry's Vocabulary Teacher
A vast collection of sentences in context, which teachers can use to simply and quickly produce gap-fill exercises for reviewing, reinforcing, and testing vocabulary. A demo can be downloaded from this site. The program, which is both PC and Mac compatible, can also be purchased through this site.
This website features over 500 gap-fill exercises to learn and review over 1500 items of general vocabulary in English. Gap-fill exercises are an excellent way to practise vocabulary in different contexts and can be used to broaden the student's understanding of the range of meaning of vocabulary. The online format of the exercises allows students to get immediate feedback on their answers.

The General Service List
The General Service List (GSL) is a list of 2,000 words chosen to be of the greatest use to learners of English.

The Academic Word List
Averil Coxhead's site at Victoria University of Wellington.

Dominic Cole's IELTS Blog - Academic Word List Exercises
An excellent IELTS preparation site - this page features sample IELTS essays with AWL words gapped as a vocabulary review exercise. It also features short exercises for each word in Sublist One of the AWL.

Domenic Cole's IELTS and Beyond - a useful site with lots of advice and exercises to prepare for the IELTS test.

Vocabulary in EAP
A site with exercises to further review the vocabulary in the AWL.

The AWL Highlighter
This site highlights AWL words in texts you cut and paste into the site.

The AWL Gapmaker
This site creates gaps in place of AWL words in texts you cut and paste into the site.

The Academic Word List at UoP
Exercises to practise the AWL, as well as collocation, affixes, etc. from the University of Plymouth.

The Study Zone
One of the best sites on the web for general ESL. Hosted by the University of Victoria, with a wide variety of exercises to practise grammar and reading.

The Compleat Lexical Tutor
An important site for students and teachers of ESL. The site includes vocabulary levels tests, concordancing materials for all AWL words and a vocabulary profile (Web-Profiler) program that can analyze student papers for a count of word types.

English for University is a useful site for students hoping to pursue post-secondary studies in an English-speaking institution. The site has advice and information on a variety of topics, including essay writing, academic listening, reading, & vocabulary, punctuation, referencing, researching, editing, presentations, study skills, etc.

The Longman Online Dictionary
A useful tool for the language learner, with clear definitions and an example sentence.

The Cambridge Online Dictionary
Another good online dictionary with clear definitions and example sentences. This site also features dictionaries of idioms and phrasal verbs.

The Language Guide
This site gives the spelling and pronunciation for many words as you move the cursor over the pictures.

This site features a photo dictionary, as well as phrasal verbs and advanced vocabulary