Nobody knows all the words in the English language. There are simply too many! So, we all have our personal dictionaries of words we recognise and use. Developing yours will take some time. It is important that you write down the new words you learn in a special place so that you can find them again and make sure you remember them.

The Academic Word List is a list of words which are most frequently used in academic writing and speaking. The section on academic vocabulary below contains exercises to help you understand and remember these words.

The list called 'common vocabulary - GSL' below is a list of words you must learn. This is the General Service List of the most commonly used 2000 words

word form
prepositions and phrasal verbs
academic vocabulary
common vocabulary -GSLcommon words
medical  lay language

last updated 09/10/15