Academic word list exercise (Nuclear technology essay)

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.

More Academic word list exercises

Nuclear technology essay:- One question that has caused a great deal of controversy over the years is nuclear technology. Although it offers a number of advantages in world peace and green power, it is also a dangerous technology, I believe that it is also a dangerous technology.

The opponents of nuclear power generally base their arguments on the danger it represents to the world. There are two main dangers: the risk of nuclear warfare and nuclear disasters. The danger of nuclear war is obvious and if one thinks about Chernobyl, it is easy to understand why people are worried about nuclear power, as it can cause major suffering.

There are, however, good reasons for believing that nuclear technology is generally advantageous. The first of these is that there has not been a major world conflict since the invention of nuclear weapons. While there have been wars, they have not been on the same scale as the Second World War. It is possible to say that the world is a safer place because of nuclear weapons.

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