Professor Averil Coxhead: An Interview on using the Academic Word Lists to Boost Your English Language Learning

Averil Coxhead is an energetic and friendly Professor in Applied Linguistics in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.  She created the Academic Word List (AWL)- the most widely used and...

Using Authentic Materials in Foreign Language Teaching: How Text Inspector Can Help

As an English language teacher, you’ve no doubt come across a wide variety of different language learning materials such as course textbooks, vocabulary lists, grammar exercises, flashcards, audio recording and language learning apps. While they can be highly...

How to Select the Best EFL Materials for Your Classroom

Finding the best language learning materials for your EFL class can be a challenging task, especially if you’re a new teacher.  If you’re working for a language course provider or employed by the Ministry of Education in a certain country, you may be provided...
What Are Discourse & Metadiscourse Markers?

What Are Discourse & Metadiscourse Markers?

Metadiscourse markers are words or phrases that help connect and organise text, express attitude, provide evidence, to connect the reader to the writer and to ensure that the text ‘flows’ from one idea to the next.  The term was first coined by American linguist...

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What is Readability and How Does It Work?

What is Readability and How Does It Work?

If you’ve already analysed texts using the Text Inspector tool, you’ll have seen that part of our linguistic analysis focuses on readability.  Readability refers to how easy it is to read and understand a text, depending on its unique features. This can be measured...

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Is Vocabulary Important in Language Learning?

Is Vocabulary Important in Language Learning?

When it comes to learning a foreign language such as English, many students spend hours working through textbooks, doing grammar exercises and perhaps even watching the occasional Netflix show in their target language.  However, many people don’t realise that working...

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