NAWL highlighter

NAWL highlighter & gapfill Find academic words in a text

Use this tool to highlight words from the NAWL (New Academic Word List). Enter the text in the box below then click 'submit'. If you want to use the gapfill maker (below), you will need to input and highlight the text first.

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Gapfill MakerCreate a simple gapfill

Create a gapfill for the above text. This is a simple gap fill, with blanks only (you will need the words above to complete it). Does not include supplemental words.

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