Averil Coxhead

Senior Lecturer School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies


Teaching in 2017

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RSA Cert. TEFL Bournemouth, BA, DipTESL, MA, PhD

Current research

Averil is the MA Programme Director and a Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics. She teaches courses on second language learning in the BEdTESOL and the MA in Applied Linguistics/TESOL programs. Averil has taught in New Zealand, England, Estonia, Hungary and Romania.

Selected publications

Averil Coxhead is the author of Essentials of Teaching Academic Vocabulary (Heinle, 2006) and An Academic Word List (click this link to order a copy of the AWL).

Go to the Academic Word List website

See the pilot EAP Science list (Coxhead  Hirsh, 2007)

Books/edited volumes

  • Greene, J.  Coxhead, A. (Feb, 2015). Academic Vocabulary for Middle School Students: Research-Based Lists and Strategies for Key Content Areas.Baltimore: Brookes Publishing.  

Book cover Middle School

  • Coxhead, A. (Ed.) (2014). New ways in teaching vocabulary, revised.Alexandria, Virginia: TESOL Inc.

New Ways

  • Coxhead, A. (2011). Using vocabulary in writing in a second language: Writing from sources. Koln : LAP Lambert Academic Publishing.
  • Coxhead, A.  Hirsh, D. (2011). TESOL and Applied Language Studies Research by Postgraduate Students in Australia and New Zealand. University of Sydney Papers in TESOL, 6.
  • Coxhead, A. (2010). Special issue of in honour of Paul Nation. Reading in a foreign language. 22(1): 1-241.
  • Coxhead, A. (2006). Essentials of teaching academic vocabulary . Boston: Houghton Mifflin. (Since 2007 this book is published through Heinle Cengage).
  • Coxhead, A. (1998). An Academic Word List. ELI Occasional Publications #18, School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Victoria University of Wellington: Wellington.

Chapters in books

  • Coxhead,A. (2016).Acquiring academic and discipline specific vocabulary.Routledge Handbook of English for Academic Purposes, pp. 177-190.K. Hyland  P. Shaw (Eds.).London: Routledge.
  • Elgort, I.,  Coxhead, A. (2016).An introduction to the Vocabulary Size Test: Description, application and evaluation.In Janna Fox  Vahid Aryadoust (Eds.)Trends in language assessment research and practice, pp. 286-301.Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Coxhead, A.  Bytheway, J. (2015).Learning vocabulary using two massive online resources: You will not blink.In D. Nunan  J. Richards (Eds.) Learning beyond the classroom.
  • Coxhead, A. (2014).Corpus linguistics and vocabulary teaching:Perspectives from English for Specific Purposes. In M. Gotti (ed.). Corpus analysis for descriptive and pedagogical purposes (pp. 289-301.Bern: Peter Lang.
  • Coxhead, A. (2013). Vocabulary and ESP. In B. Paltridge  S. Starfield (Eds.). The Handbook of English for Specific Purposes, pp. 115-132. Boston: Wiley-Blackwell
  • Coxhead, A. (2012). Specialised vocabulary in secondary school classrooms: Teachers’ perspectives. RELC Anthologies.
  • Coxhead, A. and Byrd, P. (2012).Collocations and Academic Word List: The strong, the weak and the lonely. In I. Moskowich and B. Crespo (Eds.) Encoding the Past, Decoding The Future: Corpora in the 21st Century (pp. 1-20).Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Coxhead, A. (2010). What can corpora tell us about English for Academic Purposes? In A. O'Keefe; M. McCarthy (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of Corpus Linguistics, (pp. 458-470).Oxford: Routledge.
  • Coxhead, A. (2008). The best practice is practice. In A, Jendli, C. Coombe (Eds.), Best practice in English language teaching (pp. 3 - 14). TESOL Arabia: Dubai, UAE.
  • Coxhead, A., Hunter, J., Pierard, J. and Cooke, D. (2008). Cultural context and academic context. What difference do they make in EAP students? in A. Burns  J. Burton (Eds.), Language teacher research in Australia and New Zealand. Alexandria, Virginia: TESOL.
  • Coxhead, A. (2008). Phraseology and English for Academic Purposes: Challenges and Opportunities. In F. Meunier and S. Granger (Eds.), Phraseology in language learning and teaching (pp. 149-161). Amsterdam. John Benjamins.

Guest editor of special issue of refereed journals

  • Coxhead, A. (2015).(Ed.) Language Teaching Research: Special Issue in Vocabulary and Pedagogy. 19(6) 641–644.
  • Coxhead, A.  Hirsh, D. (2011). (Eds.)TESOL and Applied Language Studies Research by Postgraduate Students in Australia and New Zealand. University of Sydney Papers in TESOL, 6.
  • Coxhead, A. (2010).(Ed.) Special issue of in honour of Paul Nation.Reading in a foreign language. 22(1): 1-241.

Journal articles

  • Coxhead, A. (2016).Reflecting on Coxhead (2000) A New Academic Word List.TESOL Quarterly, 1: 181-185.
  • Coxhead, A.  Quero, B. (2015).Investigating a Science Vocabulary List in university medical textbooks.TESOLANZ Journal, 23: 55-65.
  • Coxhead, A. (2015).Replication research in pedagogical approaches to formulaic sequences: Jones  Haywood (2004) and Alali  Schmitt (2012).Language Teaching / FirstView Article / June 2015, pp 1 – 11.DOI: 10.1017/S0261444815000221, Published online: 05 June 2015.
  • Coxhead, A., Nation, P.  Sim, D. (2015).Vocabulary size and native speaker secondary school students.New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies.DOI: 10.1007/s40841-015-0002-3.
  • Coxhead, A., Nation, P.  Sim, D. (2014).Creating and trialling six forms of the Vocabulary Size Test.TESOLANZ Journal, 22: 13-26.
  • Nation, P. and Coxhead, A.(2014). Vocabulary size research at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.Language Teaching, 47(3): 398 – 403.
  • Boers, F., Demecheleer, M., Coxhead, A, and Webb, S. (2014).Gauging the effectiveness of exercises on verb-noun collocations.Language Teaching Research, 18 (1): 50 - 70.
  • Coxhead, A.  White, R. (2012).Building a corpus of secondary school texts: First you have to catch the rabbit.New Zealand Studies in Applied Linguistics, 18(2): 67-73.
  • Coxhead, A. (2012).Researching vocabulary in secondary school English texts: The Hunger Games and more.English in Aotearoa, October: 34-41.
  • Coxhead, A.  Walls, R.(2012). TED Talks, vocabulary, and listening for EAP.TESOLANZ Journal, 20: 55-67.
  • Coxhead, A. (2012).Academic vocabulary, writing and English for Academic Purposes: Perspectives from second language learners.RELC Journal, 43: 137-145.
  • Coxhead, A. (2011). Exploring specialised vocabulary in secondary schools: What difference might subject, experience, year level, and school decile make?TESOLANZ Journal 19: 37-52.
  • Coxhead, A. (2011). What is the exactly word in English?: Investigating second language vocabulary use in writing.English Australia, 27(1): 3-17.
  • Coxhead, A. (2011). The Academic Word List ten years on: Research and teaching implications. TESOL Quarterly, 45(2):355 - 362.
  • Coxhead, A., Stevens, L,  Tinkle, J, (2010).Why might secondary science textbooks be difficult to read?New Zealand Studies in Applied Linguistics, 16(2): 35-52.
  • Hirsh, D.  Coxhead, A. (2009). Ten ways of focusing on science-specific vocabulary in EAP.; English Australia Journal 25(1): 5-16.
  • Coxhead, A.  Hirsh, D. (2007). A pilot science word list for EAP. Revue Franaise de Linguistique Applique XII (2): 65 - 78.

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Research areas

Averil supervises MA and PhD research in the areas of vocabulary use and learning in a second language, with a particular interest in specialised vocabulary, Corpus Linguistics, vocabulary size, English for Academic Purposes and English for Specific Purposes.

Administrative responsibilities

  • MAProgramme Director
  • Deputy Convenor, Human Ethics Committee