Academic word list exercise(Health and diet essay)
The Academic Word List and IELTS writing
Health and diet essay:- Academic word is exactly the sort of words you need to be able to use in your writing. They are all common words and you do need to learn to use them. This means learning:
- their grammar
- collocations/word combinations
- different word forms
Their meaning is not normally a problem.
What is the Academic Word List?
My daily word exercises are based on the Academic Word List (AWL) because the AWL is a list of the words most used in academic writing across all specialties (science, law, medicine, economics etc).
The AWL contains 570-word families subdivided into 10 lists with list 1 as the result the most frequently used words and list 10 the least. The idea is that list 1 contains the most common words and list 10 the least common.
Learning how to use these word List
This Word is a great tool but you need to know how to use it. Here are some quick tips.
Do not just focus on what the words mean because these are words you want to use for yourself.
Learn what all the common forms of the word are hence this means learning the word families
You need to know what other words you can use in combination with these words – this means collocations and prepositions. If you don’t know that then you can’t use them!
570-word families are not 570 words – it takes time – don’t rush it
There are 1000s of words in the Academic Word List and it will take time to master. Why? Each word is, in fact, a family of words e.g. analyse is not one word but at least 4:
Analyze – analysis – analytical – analytically
Review is important
Learning words need repetition. This is why I now have weekly review exercises.
Health and diet essay:- A serious concern nowadays is how our eating habits can affect our health. In particular, it has been demonstrated that eating too much junk food can lead to health issues later in life. One sensible suggestion for dealing with this is to improve the level of health education so that we eat better and live longer. My belief though is that this would not completely solve the problem.
One reason why focussing on health education is an appropriate measure is that it addresses one underlying cause of the problem. It is clear that there is a connection between what people know about nutrition and their eating habits. For example, children who have learned in school about the need to have a varied diet with plenty of vitamins tend to eat more healthily. In contrast, people who have not had this education still eat too much junk food and as a result, suffer from diabetes and other diseases.