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Oxford Learner's Dictionary of Academic English

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Oxford Learner's Dictionary of Academic English

Helps students learn the language they need to write academic English, whatever their chosen subject.

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The Oxford Learner's Dictionary of Academic English helps students learn the words and phrases used in academic writing, and how to use them in their own academic written work. With Oxford Academic iWriter on CD-ROM.

  • ISBN: 978-0-19-433350-4

The only learner's dictionary to focus exclusively on academic English, the Oxford Learner's Dictionary of Academic English is specifically designed for learners studying, or preparing to study, academic subjects on English-medium university courses. Based on the 85-million-word Oxford Corpus of Academic English, it provides all the tools students need to develop their academic writing skills.

Includes hundreds of academic usage notes, full-sentence examples based on real academic texts, reference pages, and a 48-page Oxford Academic Writing Tutor.

The CD-ROM includes the Oxford Academic iWriter, an interactive writing tutor.

Key features

  • In-depth treatment of over 22,000 words, phrases and meanings
  • Informed by the 85-million-word Oxford Corpus of Academic English, which includes a broad range of textbooks and academic journals from 26 different disciplines within the subject areas of humanities, social sciences, life sciences and physical sciences
  • 50,000 corpus-based examples show words in genuine academic contexts and help students use words correctly
  • Academic Word List words marked, showing students the most important academic words to learn first
  • 690 collocation notes, with full-sentence examples, show over 26,000 collocations and word patterns
  • 80 Thesaurus notes, Grammar Points and Which Word? notes
  • Language Banks help with functions such as linking ideas and describing trends
  • 48-page Oxford Academic Writing Tutor with model texts and writing tips helps students structure and write a variety of assignments, including essays and dissertations
  • The Oxford Academic iWriter on the CD-ROM, an interactive version of the Writing Tutor, provides frameworks for students to write their own assignments
  • 47-page reference section includes information about academic grammar, as well as punctuation, numbers and measurements, help with irregular verbs and a list of geographical names with pronunciation

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The Oxford Learner's Dictionary of Academic English is designed for learners studying, or preparing to study, academic subjects on English-medium university courses. It is the only learner's dictionary to focus exclusively on academic English.

The dictionary is informed by the 85-million-word Oxford Corpus of Academic English, which includes a broad range of texts from 26 different disciplines within the subject areas of humanities, social sciences, life sciences and physical sciences. The dictionary shows how general English words are used in different ways across academic subject areas.

The dictionary gives in-depth treatment to the academic English that is used across the disciplines. It includes detailed and focused treatment of the words that EAP students really need to know well in order to bring their own academic writing up to the standards required by their course. The dictionary shows where meanings and usage are different in general and academic English, and words and phrases from particular subject areas are clearly marked.

The dictionary includes over 22,000 words, phrases and meanings, all of them with an academic focus. Words that occur particularly frequently in an academic context are marked with an Academic Word List symbol. The Academic Word List (AWL) was developed by Averil Coxhead of Victoria University of Wellington, by analysing academic texts taken from 28 different areas of study. It comprises 570 word families that cover roughly 10% of most written academic texts. Marking AWL words in the dictionary helps students to prioritize the words that they will need to learn in order to understand and produce English for academic purposes.

50,000 corpus-based examples show how words work in relevant academic contexts, helping students use words correctly and serving as models for the learners' own writing. The examples throughout the dictionary are full sentences, all taken or adapted from genuine academic texts.

The dictionary focuses particularly on academic writing, helping students learn the words and phrases used in different forms of academic writing, and how to use them in their own academic written work. It shows students how to link words together, how to build phrases and sentences, and how to present a convincing argument. It enables students to develop an academic writing style that is clear, precise and appropriate.

Special sections in 690 of the most important entries give detailed information on collocations, helping students understand the particular usage patterns and collocations of academic writing.

Thesaurus notes help learners distinguish between close synonyms and choose the most appropriate one for their context. Grammar Points deal with tricky points of academic grammar. Which Word? notes explain difficult or confusing words. Language Banks give useful phrases for particular language functions, such as ordering points, describing trends or making a counterargument.

The 48-page Oxford Academic Writing Tutor, included in the dictionary, gives lots of examples of different types of academic writing that students can use as models for their own work. There is advice about planning, organizing and writing each type of text, with tips about expressing ideas in different ways and help with grammar, for example tenses, for specific types of writing.

A 47-page study section provides useful information for reference, including a list of irregular verbs, geographical names with pronunciation, and information about academic grammar, punctuation, numbers and measurements, pronunciation, idioms and academic vocabulary and collocations.

The CD-ROM contains the full A-Z text of the dictionary, plus extra entries and examples. It is fully searchable, meaning that dozens of extra collocations and examples are available for nearly every entry.

On the CD-ROM is the new Oxford Academic iWriter, an interactive tutor which guides and supports students with planning, writing, and reviewing their academic written work. With the Oxford Academic iWriter, students can take a guided tour of the model texts to see how to plan and structure a range of assignments, such as essays, case studies and dissertations, with advice on grammar and language, for example choosing the right language in order to sound more objective. They can then use the frameworks to work on their own assignments and export them into Word for printing and handing in.

Also on the CD-ROM is the iGuide, an interactive tutorial to help students explore dictionary entries, and there are language exercises to practise the words in the Academic Word List. There is also a Reference section and downloadable Word Lists, as well as the 'My Lists' feature, allowing students to create their own word lists.

When using the Internet or reading Word documents, the 'Mini Dictionary' function allows instant look-up of unknown words, including not only the 22,000 words, phrases and meanings of OLDAE but also many more general words and phrases which are available for quick reference.

Oxford Corpus of Academic English
The 85-million-word Oxford Corpus of Academic English on which the Oxford Learner's Dictionary of Academic English is based includes a broad range of texts from the following disciplines: biology, biochemistry, business, chemistry, classical studies, computer science, earth science, ecology, economics, education, engineering, geography, health science, history, law, linguistics, literature, mathematics, media and cultural studies, medicine, philosophy, physics, politics, psychology, religion and sociology.

CD-ROM


With the CD-ROM students can:
  • Search the complete Oxford Learner's Dictionary of Academic English, plus 500 extra words and phrases that are only on the CD-ROM.
  • Hear the words spoken in British and American English.
  • Use the iGuide to explore information in the dictionary entries with the interactive tutorial.
  • Use the 'Mini Dictionary' mode for instant look-up when using the Internet or reading Word documents, creating texts in the iWriter, or doing the AWL exercises.
  • Explore the full range of academic entries in OLDAE, as well as short entries for an even wider range of general words, which are available for quick reference in the 'Mini Dictionary' mode.
  • Explore the 'Word Lists', including all the entries that are in the Academic Word List, subject area word lists (life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences and humanities) and a list of defining words used in the dictionary.
  • Create their own word lists with the 'My Lists' feature.
  • Develop their writing skills with the Oxford Academic iWriter. Oxford Academic iWriter guides and supports students with planning, writing, and reviewing a range of assignments, including essays, case studies, dissertations, and more.
  • Consolidate Academic Word List vocabulary with practice exercises.
  • Explore the complete reference section, as well as PDFs of the Word Lists and a bibliography of all the texts in the Oxford Corpus of Academic English.

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