Teaching Vocabulary : New General service and Academic Word Lists


NGSL

 New General Service List

In 1953, Michael West published a remarkable list of several thousand important vocabulary words known as the General Service List (GSL)  which was a list of words representing the most frequent words of English.

In March of 2013, on the 60th anniversary of West’s publication of the GSL, Dr. Brent Culligan & Joseph Phillips of Aoyama Gakuin Women’s Junior College  and Dr. Charles Browne, Meiji Gakuin University announced the creation of a New General Service List (NGSL), one that is based on a carefully selected 273 million-word subsection of the 2 billion word Cambridge English Corpus (CEC)

Resources

  1.  New General Service List
  2. Test  of written receptive knowledge of the New General Service List 
  3. Test  of written receptive knowledge of the New General Service List – Three 1000-Word Levels
  4. New General Service List Quizzes on Quizlet by JWHanks
  5. New General Service List Quizzes on Quizlet by  Manjiro
  6. New General Service List on Memrise
 NAWL

 A New Academic Word List

In the same way that Averil Coxhead’s excellent Academic Word List (AWL) was designed to work as  complement to the GSL for students wanting to quickly master both general and academic English.The authors of the NGSL worked to create a New Academic Word List (NAWL) to complement students and teachers working with the NGSL who wanted to learn or teach academic English.

 New Academic Word List

Frequency vocabulary lists  are a smart way to learn vocabulary , Have you ever  taught using frequency vocabulary lists?  How have you used them ? Let us know  by commenting below

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