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Degree

Master of Arts

Program

Education

Supervisor

Supervisor: Dr. Farahnaz Faez

2nd Supervisor

Dr. Stuart Webb

Co-Supervisor

Abstract

This study was a corpus-based comparison between two lists of academic words: Coxhead’s (2000) Academic Word List (AWL) and Gardner and Davies’ (2014) Academic Vocabulary List (AVL). Comparisons were made between different types of lexical coverage provided by the AWL and the AVL in the self-created University Academic Corpus (72-million tokens). The findings indicated that the performance of the AWL and the AVL was different when different evaluation criteria were adopted. Implications, limitations, and suggestions are listed for future research.


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