Mastering English Vocabulary for Academic Purposes

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Instructed by Tony Sturtevant Language / English
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  • Lectures 15
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 4/2016 English

Course Description

Course Description

There are literally hundreds of thousands of words in English. But you only need to learn a fraction of them! This course will guide you to the words you need to focus on and how to learn them. In less than an hour. I will show you how to use the latest free vocabulary software as well as give you flash cards to send you on your way to mastering over 600 of the most important words for academic English. Mastering these words  and the right affixes will add over 3000 new words to your vocabulary!

Master English Vocabulary for Academic Purposes

  • Understanding the use of prefixes, root words and suffixes to create new words
  • Focus on the Academic Word List, the most frquently used words in Academic English
  • Learning best practices for studying vocabulary
  • Add 3000 new words by learning the right 600

 Understanding the power of affixes and the efficency of the most frequently used words

Vocabulary is the key to success no matter what subject you study. You can cut down the time you need to study vocabulary by learning the right words in the right way. Once mastered, the techniques I share in this class can be applied to any subject you want to learn.

Most students understand that one of their biggest challenges to academic success is having a vocabulary large enough for their course work. While there are literally hundreds of thousands of English words, the wise student focuses on the ones they really need: the most frequently used words. These words are known as the Academic Word Lİst. By combining this list with the compounding power of affixes, a committed students can add over 3000 words to their vocabulary in a fraction of the time used for traditional methods. 

Contents and Overview

The course contains over a dozen lessons that will only require an hour or so of your time to start with. It is designed for the English language learner who wants to prepare themselves for successful study of English at a college or university or anyone who simply wants a better vocabulary to enjoy English.

İn this course, you will learn about affixes, why they matter and how learning them will expand your vocabulary. You will learn which affixes to start learning first.

You'll then learn about the Academic Word Lİst, a list of the most frequently used words English for Academic Purposes.

Following this, students will be introduced to ANKİ, a free flash card software for learning the vocabulary in this course. You will be given two free flash cards sets that you can use and modify for personal use.

Finally, you will learn how to document new words for study and to include in your flashcard software.

As a bonus, you will learn of the numerous resources available online to expand your word knowledge.

By the end of this course, you will know precisely which words to learn, how to study them efficiently with software and how to continually expand your vocabulary for any subject.

What are the requirements?

  • A willingness to study 15 minutes a day.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over a dozen lessons in less than an hour
  • Free software for vocabulary study
  • Free flash cards sets for study
  • A plan for learning new words
  • Numerous technigues and suggestions for further word study

What is the target audience?

  • Language learners
  • People interested in expanding their vocabulary

What are the requirements?

  • Anki flashcard software

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Master learning English vocabulary for academic purposes
  • Use a number of strategies to greatly expand their vocabulary
  • Anaylze new words on the basis of affixes

Who is the target audience?

  • İntermediate/Upper İntermediate students who want to study at an English-mediım unversity
  • İntermediate/Upper İntermediate students who want to greatly expand their academic English vocabulary

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction to Mastering English Vocabulary for Academic Purposes

This lecture is an introduction to my course

1 question

Answer this question to check your comprehension of the lecture.


This lecture begins to explain why my course will help students expand their English vocabulary.

Section 2: Overview

A brief overview discussing why, what and how regarding my approach in this course.

3 questions

This will check your comprehension of the 'Some useful numbers'  and 'Overview' lectures

Section 3: Beg, Borrow or Steal: A brief history of the English Language

This article briefly explain how Greek and Latin root words are so vital to English for Academic Purposes.

Section 4: Greek and Latin Roots

A brief introduction to affixes and an explanation of what they are.


Examples of Prefixes, Root words and suffixes you should know.


Some examples of useful affixes you should learn.


In this video, I show you how to break a word down into parts to see the meaning those parts add and how this can expand your vocabulary understanding.

3 questions

This quiz will check your comprehension of this section.

Section 5: The Academic Wordlist

This lecture explains what the Academic Word List is, why it is so useful and tours a website that contains many useful resources for this list.


This is the list of the entire Academic Word List in alphabetical order. The numbers to the right of each word indicates what sublist each word  belongs to. There are 10 sublists, each of 60 words, except for the 10th which contains 30 words.


The academic word list expands to many thousands of words when you include the word forms of each word on this list. A word form is created when adding a prefix or suffix to that word, such as adding re- to play to get replay.

3 questions

This quiz checks your comprehension of the Academic Wordlist section.

Section 6: Using Anki

This lecture introduces the software I recommend for studying vocabulary. You will find two sets of flash cards in this course for use with this software.

Section 7: Others resources for studying vocabulary

This lesson explain the importance of adding to your vocabulary study by keeping a journal of new words as you read and listen to texts in English. The key to building vocabulary is reading and listening widely. Books, blogs and podcasts are just a few of the sources I recommend.

Section 8: Conclusion
5 questions

This quiz reviews the lectures concerning Anki and the vocabulary journal.


I underscore the importance of setting goals and creating a habit for vocabulary study.


This website is a one stop shop for all your English learning needs. It will point you to hundreds of websites for learning and studying English.

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Instructor Biography

A teacher for the last 15 years, I started out teaching in the United Stated as an English as a Second Language teacher at MS 254 in New York City. Da Bronx! In 2003, I moved to Turkey, fell in love, started a family and have been teaching English in Turkey ever since.

I graduated from Portland State University in 1998 with a Bachelor's degree where my major was drawing and painting. Art remains a passion and I am currently teaching myself about digital painting.

In 2002, I received my first Master's, also from Portland State University, in Conflict Resolution. In 2008, I earned my Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults (D.E.L.T.A.) from Cambridge University (England) and in 2009 my second Master's degree in Education Management from Bilkent University (Turkey).

When I am not teaching, I am hanging out with my family or drawing. I look forward for the chance to work with you!

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