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AWARE Writing Centre: British Academic Written English Corpus (BAWE)

Academic Writing and Research Excellence

British Academic Written English Corpus (BAWE)

The corpus is a record of proficient university-level student writing. It contains just under 3000 good-standard student assignments (6,506,995 words). Holdings are fairly evenly distributed across four broad disciplinary areas (Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Life Sciences and Physical Sciences) and across four levels of study (undergraduate and taught masters level). Thirty main disciplines are represented.

It consists of a number of tools, which could be used for both study (language development) and research purposes. One of the most practical tools for developing your academic English is the concordance tool. This allows you to search for authentic examples of your selected word used in an academic context. It also allows you to filter according to academic discipline and assignment type.