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Oxford Phrasal Academic Lexicon
The Oxford Phrasal Academic Lexicon
is a collection of four different word lists that together provide an essential guide to the most important words in the field of English for Academic Purposes (EAP):
- Written words
- Spoken words
- Written phrases
- Spoken phrases
Suggestions for Using OPAL
Beginners. Look at sublist 1 of the written words to start building your essential academic vocabulary.
If you are faced with new words in a text or lecture, use the lists to search for these words, and then check their meaning in a dictionary.
Advanced. You might choose to jump directly to sublists 11 and 12 of the written word lists to consolidate your learning and extend your knowledge.
If you fall somewhere between these two extremes, browse the lists to find a suitable entry point. If you want to review your academic vocabulary, you can start at the beginning!
You can also use the PDF files to ensure you have a strong knowledge of essential academic vocabulary.