August, 2021 Newsletter

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Updates, August 2021
Sheldon Smith
Guangzhou, China
This month: some new videos on the EAP Foundation YouTube channel, the Academic Collocation List sorted by frequency, information about online concordancers, and some new infographics.

25 Collocations for Academic English

whatis This new video outlines the 25 most common collocations in academic English (#1 play a role), plus a few bonus collocations and examples of each one in use. The collocations are taken from the ACL (see next). As always, there is a worksheet for use with the video.

The ACL (Academic Collocation List)
by frequency

If you are familiar with the ACL, you will know it does not contain frequency information... until now! I've spent some time using the BAWE and BNC corpora to add frequency values for each collocation in the list, so that students can focus on studying the most frequent ones first.

Using concordancers

A concordancer is a computer program which is used to search through a corpus (plural form corpora), in other words a collection of texts. I wrote a review of popular online concordancers (Lextutor, BNC, MICUSP, SKELL), inspired by a new book on using concordancers for academic writing by Tatyana Karpenko-Seccombe. I also made a YouTube video on the same topic.

Nursing Collocation List

The Nursing Collocation List (NCL) is a list of 488 collocations which occur frequently in nursing journal articles. It was developed in 2020 by Kaja Mandić and Izabela Dankić. With their permission, I have added a copy of the list to the website, and have also developed a highlighter for the list. Great for nursing students or ESAP teachers of nursing students.


New infographics

There are a couple of new infographics: one for features of academic writing, another for reading and note-taking.

In case you missed it...
21 Idioms for Academic Writing

reporting This video shows the 21 most common idioms used in academic writing in English, most of which are also common in academic speaking. The video also explains the background to the list of idioms, which come from the academic idioms list derived by Julia Miller of The University of Adelaide.

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