These vocabulary word lists can help you find and practice words from the Academic Word List (AWL) in English Detective issues and on this site.
The lists below give each English Detective issue, then its reading selections, with their uses of the AWL words taught in that issue, then pages to practice that vocabulary. (Issues 1-5 are below. For later issues, see the explanation below, then jump to the bottom of the page for links to the rest.)
If you are looking for a specific word, first look at Academic Word List Vocabulary A-B or its following pages.. Each word is listed in alphabetical orde, with its various common forms, followed by the newsletter in which it is practiced.
Return to this page (or one of the following three) for links to the main practice page(s) for the words in each newsletter, along with crosswords, quizzes, and other practice.
To see the newsletter itself (often with discussion of the meaning of some words, and with links to articles or talks in which you can read or hear them), go directly to the Back Issues page.
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from the 2 Sherlock Holmes extracts (Tuesday and part of Friday week 1): accurate acquired (awl: acquisition) analysis-2 aspects-2 attain inconceivable (awl: conceived) conclusions deduce deduction-4 detective-1 detectives-1 (awl: detected) evidence infer inspection investigation link mental process revealed
from the article on Tony Hillerman: analyze area-5 author authors-2 contributed contribution created-2 culture-4 deductions-3 detective-4 detectives-8 enable-2 evidence-4 experts finally insights-4 investigated investigation investigations investigative investigators motivations motives procedure process-2 professional react series similar techniques tradition traditions-2 unique-2
Test your mastery with the Quiz on Detective Vocabulary.
Discovery of Penicillin: available capability chemical-3 compounds computer conducting convinced culture-2 cultures-2 (with the specialized meaning of bacteria being grown-- cultured-- in a dish) furthermore involvement medical-2 method methods obtained potential potentially research-3 researcher researchers structure-2
Scientific Method Vocabulary: accurate -2 affect-2 affecting analyze bias-2 conclusions-2 data design evaluate evidence factor hypothesis-4 method process-2 require research-2 researcher researchers similar valid-2 variable-3 versions
Science Discoveries & Inventions: communications computer major-3 medical revolutionized transportation-2 vehicles
You can practice this AWL vocabulary at Scientific Method Vocabulary, Types of Germs Vocabulary Practice, More Practice with Science Vocabulary Words, Science Discoveries & Inventions (above), A Comprehension Check (on Discovery of Penicillin), and the Methods of Science Word Search.
Test your mastery with the Science Words Quiz.
SMART Goals: achievement-2 attain attainable-4 attainment attitudes benefits constraints creating criteria establish-3 eventually financial goal-24 goals-8 identify-3 image jobs labor location objective previously required requirements similar specific target
Short U.S. government article on New Yr’s Resolutions with links: resolutions resources achieve goals
Learning from Failure: attained benefits-4 commencement-2 (awl: commenced) emphasizes energy foundation inevitable job jobs link periods quoted rejected removing security series
Check your understanding with the Success Vocabulary Quiz.
Steve Jobs’ speech: approach code commencement-3 commenced computer computer-4 computers-2 concept convinced create created creation creative decades designed designing dramatic encountered eventually external feature final-3 focus generation-2 instruction issue-2 issues jobs-2 label notions periods previous proportionally publication publishing quote rejected released required team technology text varying visions
Voice of America on Edison: affected chemical chemicals designed device-5 devices-6 documents expanded financial individual legal-2 major-2 mental method-3 process-2 projects researchers team technology
PBS on Edison: assistant (awl: assistance) chemical community components-2 corporations devices impact individual innovation-3 legal maintained partnerships positive refined rejected research-2 revolutionize security unique
You can study and practice these words at Product Design Vocabulary, Teamwork and Cooperation Vocabulary, and the Design and Teamwork Word Search, as well as Adverb Clauses. Quiz yourself on them with the Technology Vocabulary Quiz.