Averil Coxhead


Teaching in 2018

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

Current research

Averil is an Associate Professor 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. Her current research includes specialised vocabulary in the trades, at university and secondary school.

Averil Coxhead is the author of  The Academic Word List (copies may be purchased from Vic Books). Here are two tests, Test A and Test B, which are based on the AWL with answers. See also the pilot  EAP Science list (Coxhead & Hirsh, 2007).


  • Coxhead, A. (2018). Vocabulary and English for Specific Purposes Research: Quantitative and qualitative perspectives. London: Routledge.

Vocabulary & English for specific purposes

  • Coxhead, A. & Nation, P. (2018). Reading for the academic world, 1, 2, 3. Sache, Texas: Seed Learning

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

  • 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. (2006). Essentials of teaching academic vocabulary . Boston: Houghton Mifflin. (Since 2007 this book is published through Heinle Cengage).

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.

Chapters in books

  • Quero, B. & Coxhead, A. (in press). Using a corpus-based approach to select medical vocabulary for an ESP course: The case for high-frequency vocabulary. In Yasemin Kirkgöz & Kenan Dikilitaş (Eds.). Key issues in English for Specific Purposes in higher education. New York: Springer.
  • Mukai, S. & Coxhead, A. (in press). Factors affecting participation in postgraduate educational interaction in English: Implications for EAP. In L. Wong and W. Wong (Eds.) Teaching and learning English for Academic Purposes: Current research and practices. New York: Nova Sciences.
  • Coxhead, A. & Ballance, O. (in press). Learning through a corpus. In J. Richards & A. Burns (Eds.) The Cambridge Guide to Second Language Learning. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Coxhead, A. (2017). The lexical demands of teacher talk: An international school study of EAL, Maths and Science. In R. Vatvedt Fjeld, K. Hagen, B. Henriksen, S. Johannson, S. Olsen & J. Prentice (Eds.) Academic language in a Nordic setting – linguistic and educational perspectives: Oslo Studies in Language 9(1), 2017. (ISSN 1890-9639)
  • Coxhead, A. (2017). Dealing with low response rates in quantitative studies. In H. Rose & J. McKinley (Eds.) Doing real research in Applied Linguistics, pp. 81-90. London: Routledge/Taylor and Francis.
  • Coxhead, A. (2017). Approaches and perspectives on teaching vocabulary for discipline-specific academic writing. In J. Flowerdew & T. Costley (Eds.) Discipline-specific writing: theory into practice, pp. 62-76. London: Routledge/Taylor and Francis.
  • 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.
  • Nation, P., & Coxhead, A., Chung, M., & Quero, B. (2016). Specialized word lists. In I. S. P. Nation, Making and Using Word Lists for Language Learning and Testing (pp. 145-151). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • 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 (pp. 65-74). New York: Routledge.
  • 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.

Journal articles

  • Coxhead, A. Dang, Y. & Mukai, S. (2017). University tutorials and laboratories: Corpora, textbooks and vocabulary. English for Academic Purposes. 30: 66–78.
  • Coxhead, A., Parkinson, J. & Tu’amoheloa, F. (2017). Using Talanoa to develop bilingual word lists of technical vocabulary in the trades. First view: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13670050.2017.1374329.
  • Dang, Y., Coxhead, A. & S. Webb. (2017). The Academic Spoken Word List. Language Learning 67 (3): 959–997.
  • Luxton, J., Fry, J. & Coxhead, A. (2017). Exploring the knowledge and development of academic English vocabulary of students in NZ secondary schools. SET, 17(1): 12-22
  • Coxhead, A., Demecheleer, M. & McLaughlin, E. (2016). The technical vocabulary of Carpentry: Loads, lists and bearings. TESOLANZ Journal, 24: 38-71.
  • Coxhead, A. (2016).Reflecting on Coxhead (2000) A New Academic Word List.TESOL Quarterly, 1: 181-185.
  • Mah, A. & Yeo, M. (2016). The wide and wild world of words: Interview with Averil Coxhead. RELC Journal, 47(2): 263-268.
  • 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.
  • Coxhead, A.  Quero, B. (2015).Investigating a Science Vocabulary List in university medical textbooks.TESOLANZ Journal, 23: 55-65.
  • 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.

Refereed conference proceedings

  • Coxhead, A. (2015). Vocabulary, English for Academic Purposes, and the Janus Moment: Mind the gap. In M. Kavanagh & L. Robinson (Eds.). Proceedings of the BALEAP 2013 conference: The Janus moment in EAP (pp. 13-21). Reading, UK: Garnett Education.
  • Coxhead, A. (2012). Multi-word units and the Academic Word List: Approaches to research and pedagogy. M. Barlow, H. Basturkmen, & Q. Li (Eds.). Abstracts of the First Asia Pacific Corpus Linguistics Conference, (pp. 10-12). DALSL, The University of Auckland: Auckland.
  • Coxhead, A. (2012). Specialised vocabulary in secondary school classrooms: Teachers' perspectives. In H. Pillay & M. Yeo (Eds.). Teaching language to learners of different age groups (pp. 194-205). Singapore: SEAMEO Regional Language Centre.

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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

  • Deputy Convenor, Human Ethics Committee


Teaching in 2018