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Averil Coxhead

Averil Coxhead
Born1966 (age 57–58)
Academic background
Alma materVictoria University of Wellington
Thesis
Academic work
InstitutionsVictoria University of Wellington

Averil Jean Coxhead (born 1966)[1][2] is a New Zealand academic, and is a full professor at Victoria University of Wellington, specialising in applied linguistics. She is known for creating the Academic Word List, which is a list of 570 English word families that appear with great frequency in a broad range of academic texts. She has also created wordlists for other uses, such as rugby terms for referees and players, and building terms for Tongan tradespeople.

Academic career

Coxhead completed a PhD titled Using vocabulary from input texts in writing tasks at Victoria University of Wellington in 2008.[3] Coxhead then joined the faculty of Victoria University, rising to full professor in 2022.[4][5] As of 2024, Coxhead is the Head of School in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies.[5]

Coxhead is known for creating the Academic Word List, which is a list of 570 English word families that appear with great frequency in a broad range of academic texts. Coxhead created the list when she noticed how much she relied on reading for her own foreign language learning, but had difficulty accessing appropriate texts. She had tried reading children's books but found they contained too many low-frequency words. She also saw how learners in a programme she taught in benefited from an approach called extensive reading.[6][7][8][9]

Coxhead went on to create a list of words, such as 'ruck', 'loosie', 'maul', and phrases such 'swing it away' and 'clean out', that occur more often in rugby-related situations than ordinary English. The list is designed to be useful to anyone needing to learn the technical terms associated with rugby, but especially players, referees and coaches working internationally.[10] With colleague Jean Parkinson, Coxhead has researched the language used in trades such as plumbing, building and automotive fabrication, and written bilingual books for Tongan tradespeople.[11][12][13]

Selected works

Books

  • Coxhead, Averil (18 September 2017). Vocabulary and English for Specific Purposes Research. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-315-14647-8.
  • Coxhead, Averil; Parkinson, Jean; Mackay, James; McLaughlin, Emma (12 September 2019), "Language in the trades and English for specific purposes", English for Vocational Purposes, New York : Taylor and Francis, 2019. | Series: Routledge research in English for specific purposes: Routledge, pp. 1–20, retrieved 29 January 2024((citation)): CS1 maint: location (link)

Journal articles

References

  1. ^ "Coxhead, Averil". Library of Congress. Retrieved 29 January 2024.
  2. ^ "Record View". National Library of Israel. Retrieved 29 January 2024.
  3. ^ Coxhead, Averil Jean (2008). Using vocabulary from input texts in writing tasks (PhD thesis). Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington.
  4. ^ Wellington, Victoria University of (4 July 2022). "Sailing in another direction | About us | Victoria University of Wellington". www.wgtn.ac.nz. Retrieved 27 January 2024.
  5. ^ a b Victoria University of Wellington. "Academic profile: Averil Coxhead". people.wgtn.ac.nz. Retrieved 27 January 2024.
  6. ^ Shi Hui Mah, Adeline; Yeo, Marie (2016). "The Wide and Wild World of Words: Interview with Averil Coxhead". RELC Journal. 47 (2): 263–268. doi:10.1177/0033688216655926. ISSN 0033-6882.
  7. ^ "Academic Word List | School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies". Victoria University of Wellington. Retrieved 27 January 2024.
  8. ^ "Professor Averil Coxhead: An Interview on using the Academic Word Lists to Boost Your English Language Learning". Text Inspector. 23 June 2022. Retrieved 27 January 2024.
  9. ^ "EALTHY - 5 Qs for Averil Coxhead". Retrieved 27 January 2024.
  10. ^ Coxhead, Averil (8 June 2022). "What's Japanese for 'ruck'? Turning rugby's technical terms into an international language". The Conversation. Retrieved 27 January 2024.
  11. ^ "Trades speak bilingual booklets to help Tongan tradespeople | Wellington Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences". Victoria University of Wellington. 1 January 2022. Retrieved 27 January 2024.
  12. ^ "Language in the Trades project report launch | School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies". Victoria University of Wellington. 10 November 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2024.
  13. ^ "New book makes important contribution to the study of vocabulary | School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies". Victoria University of Wellington. 3 November 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2024.
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