Academic Vocabulary

To be an academic English writer, building a solid foundation of academic vocabulary is essential. Typically, academic vocabulary is composed of general academic words such as nouns, verbs, adverbs and discipline-specific vocabulary. In addition, you should also pay special attention to collocations. 

Watch this video to understand more about ‘academic vocabulary’ and ‘collocation’. 

Now that you understand the three key areas of academic vocabulary learning, embark on the learning journey on this page by taking the challenges. 

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There are three levels of challenges designed for learners with different levels of confidence with English writing. However, feel free to attempt any level of challenges according to your own learning pace. 


If you are less confident and would like to start from a less challenging exercise, take the Bronze challenges. In the Bronze challenges, you will learn the most frequently used academic verbs to describe research.

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This challenge is for students with medium levels of English proficiency, the sentences are more difficult than the Bronze level ones. Read the instruction and take the challenges. The Silver challenges are focused on academic vocabulary describing how children learn in a kindergarten. 

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For students with good general English writing skills, this Gold challenge focuses on a video seeking to evidence that high-quality education could have a positive impact on preschool children. 

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Good Luck!

Additional Learning Resources

This PDF file provides a comprehensive list of Early Childhood Education discipline-specific vocabulary.