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Academic Vocabulary Guide

The English Language Center (ELC)’s Academic Vocabulary Guide resource series was developed as a way to provide English as an Additional Language (EAL) learners at Vanderbilt University the opportunity to better learn and retain academic vocabulary.

Our Academic Vocabulary Guide provides learners with:

  • research-proven strategies to meet the challenges of vocabulary learning and retention in the context of academics
  • rationales for why and how particular strategies work
  • guidance on how to effectively choose and implement the strategies
  • references that validate or refute the usefulness of particular strategies for specific tasks


The ELC’s Academic Vocabulary Guide resource series is available for download as individual documents:

Academic Vocabulary Guide

Academic Vocabulary Guide: Brief Supplements


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