2. Tools newsletterWhat they are

This newsletter explains some of the tools that are available on EAPFoundation.com.

EAP 'Tools'
Be creative with EAP
The EAPFOUNDATION.COM website is filled with useful interactive features to help students play a more active role in their study of EAP. Some can be found on every page (e.g. the AWL Widget) while others can be found in a special section called EAP Tools. Using these tools will help you understand EAP (especially vocabulary) more completely.

AWL widget

The AWL (Academic Word List) is a good starting place for learning academic vocabulary. But just trying to memorise this list is not useful: you need context. One tool to help with this is the AWL Widget. One click and you can highlight all the words from the AWL on any page of the website. Find out more.

AWL highlighter

Possibly the most popular feature of the site, the AWL highlighter is another tool to enable you to highlight words from the AWL - but this time, you choose the text. You can also see the sub-lists, and can personalise the output by choosing your own colours. Try it now.

GSL tools

The AWL is a good starting point in building your academic vocabulary, but the 2000+ words in the GSL (General Service List) should not be forgotten. The AWL contains the most common academic words not in the GSL, but there are still many good academic words in the GSL, some of which you may not know. The GSL highlighter can help you identify these. The GSL limiter might be a better tool, allowing you to focus on a smaller range of GSL words. Try it now.

Other tools

There are other tools available on the site besides those in the Tools section. For example, each of the essay types in the essays section comes with an example essay, and there is a highlighter tool (using JavaScript) for each one, so you can highlight the key features such as thesis statement, topic sentences, transition signals, etc. Try one now.

EAPFOUNDATION.COM © 2013-present by Sheldon C H Smith. [email protected]


The following newsletters are in the archive:

  Quarterly newsletters



Author: Sheldon Smith. Last modified: 04 April 2017.


Fill out your details to receive the EAPFoundation.com newsletter.





Select areas of interest.

 EAP books

 EAP websites




 Study Skills




Contact Info  

I'd love to hear from students or teachers who use the site. Whether you want to give feedback or just ask a question about EAP, feel free to email me at: [email protected].


EAPFOUNDATION.COM Website Copyright © 2013-present by Sheldon C H Smith