The use of collocations plays an important role for the proficiency of ESL/EFL learners. Hence, educators and researchers have long
tried to identify collocations typical of either academic or general English and the challenges involved in learning them. This
paper proposes a comprehensive and type-balanced academic English collocation list (AECL). AECL is based on a large corpus of
academic English and was created to cover the types of collocations that will be most useful to ESL/EFL learners. AECL is the
result of an innovative research-based procedure that involves a five-step selection method. A comparison of the collocations on
AECL with those found in well-known collocation dictionaries of general English and on three existing academic English collocation
lists indicates that AECL indeed contains mainly academic rather than general English collocations. In addition, AECL is more
comprehensive with regard to the types of collocations that are relevant to learners.
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