Oxford University Press announces launch of Oxford Learner’s dictionary of Academic English

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Oxford University Press announces launch of Oxford Learner’s Dictionary of Academic English, the only dictionary to make students more confident about writing well-informed and structured academic English.

The Oxford Learner’s Dictionary of Academic English will make students more confident about writing clear, precise, academic English.

Oxford University Press, the world’s authority on the English language, today announced the launch of Oxford Learner’s Dictionary of Academic English, the only dictionary for learners of English to focus exclusively on academic English. As more and more students take up academic courses where they will be studying in English, there is a growing need to support these students with the vocabulary and the written skills that their course demands. This dictionary provides the tools they need to plan, write and review their written work and guides them through the aspects of writing which they find the most difficult.

Diana Lea, Managing Editor of the Oxford Learner’s Dictionary of Academic English at Oxford University Press said “We wanted to create a dictionary that focused exclusively on academic English, giving detailed help not only with words, phrases and collocations, but with planning and structuring academic written work, all supported by examples of genuine academic English and model texts by expert writers. I believe the Oxford Learner’s Dictionary of Academic English will make students more confident about writing clear, precise, appropriate academic English."

The dictionary gives in-depth treatment of 22,000+ academic English words and phrases that are used across the disciplines and it points out where meanings and usage are different in general and academic English using 50,000 corpus-based examples. The dictionary is based on the new 85-million word Oxford Corpus of Academic English which includes hand-picked and authentic texts. Full-sentence examples from the corpus are used throughout the dictionary, showing how words work in relevant academic contexts, helping students to use words correctly in their own academic writing.

Words and phrases from particular subject areas are clearly marked. Detailed information on collocations is provided in special sections for 690 of the most important entries, helping students understand particular usage patterns and collocations of academic writing.

The dictionary includes a 48-page Oxford Academic Writing Tutor and interactive Oxford Academic iWriter on CD-ROM where students can take a guided tour of model texts to see how to plan and structure a range of assignments, with advice on grammar and language. They can then use these model texts to work on their own assignments and export them into Word for printing and handing in.

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. OUP is the world's largest university press, with a wide global reach. It currently publishes more than 6,000 new publications a year, has a presence in around fifty countries, and employs more than 5,000 people worldwide. It has become familiar to millions through a diverse publishing programme that includes scholarly works in all academic disciplines, bibles, music, school and college textbooks, children's books, materials for teaching English as a foreign language, business books, dictionaries and reference books, and academic journals.

To find out more about Oxford University Press please visit http://www.oup.com. To find out about OUP’s English Language Teaching publications please visit http://www.oup.com/elt.

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