IELTS & TOEFL Academic Vocabulary – Nouns (AWL) Are you studying for TOEFL or IELTS? In this lesson you will learn academic and technical nouns which commonly appear on the tests. The vocabulary you learn here will be especially helpful in the reading section but will improve your score in the reading, writing, speaking, and listening sections as well. I will teach you nouns such as: “aspect”, “disposal”, “indication”, “substitute”, “trend”, and others.

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Hi, guys. I’m Alex. Thanks for clicking, and welcome to this lesson on IELTS and TOEFL academic vocabulary, with a focus on nouns. So, today, we will look at 10 academic nouns that you may see or hear on the IELTS or TOEFL tests, and this could be either in the reading, writing, listening, or speaking sections.

Now, today, you may see some words that you are familiar with, and you may see some words that are totally new to you. If you’re familiar with the words, that’s excellent – but don’t get overconfident because the purpose of today is not only to learn new words, but to look at words that you may be familiar with, but perhaps, you know, you’re not sure how to use it appropriately in a sentence, and more specifically, in an academic sentence. And when you’re done here today with this video, don’t forget to check out a more extensive list of academic vocabulary on the resources page.

Okay, so let’s begin. First word that we’re going to look at today is: “aspect”. Now, an “aspect” is a part or element of something. So, for example, the sentence we have on the board is: “Vocabulary is just one aspect of language.” So vocabulary is just one part of language.

Second, we have the word: “component”. And, if you notice, it has the exact same definition of “aspect”, so it’s a part or element of something as well. And the sentence we have here is: “A laptop has many complex components.”

Now, you might be asking yourself: “Well, are these words exactly the same?” And the answer to that is: not really. They are the same, in that you can talk about abstract aspect and abstract components to things, but when it comes to physical things, you’re more likely to use the word “component”. So, for example: here I’m talking about the components of a laptop, so I’m talking about the board inside, and the RAM, and the memory, and everything like that; so I’m talking about the physical parts of the laptop. Again, you can use both of them to talk about the abstract parts or elements of something, but if you’re referring to the physical part of something, I would stick with “component”.

All right, the next word we have is: “consequence”. I’m sure many of you are familiar with this word. It’s a result or effect of something. So, for example, the sentence we have here is: “Obesity is a consequence of overeating.” And, again, “overeating” just means eating too much and “obesity” is the physical problem of being overweight to the point where it’s not good for your health. So, one thing about this word, if you are going to use a preposition after it… The most common preposition we use with “consequence” is: “of”. So we say: “This is a consequence of this.”, “That is a consequence of this.” Okay?

The next word we have is: “disposal”. The meaning I give for this is: the act of arranging or distributing. So think of “disposal” as the distribution of something and the arrangement of it. So, for example, in the army: “The general is responsible for the disposal of troops.” Now, when I say “troops”, I mean soldiers, people who are in the army, for arranging them and where they’re going to go.

And finally, we have the word: “function” which is the working purpose of something. So: “Today’s phones have numerous helpful functions.” And again, “function” is another word, another noun where if you want to use a preposition after it, use the preposition: “of”. So: “What is the function of a cellphone or the function of a camera?” Etcetera, etcetera.

Okay, guys, let’s look at five more words.

Okay, so the next word is: “indication”. So, “indication” means a sign or a token of something. So if we look at the sentence: “The melting of ice caps” – of polar ice caps – “is an indication of global warming.” So, if you’re making an argument about science, for example, in one of your papers, this might be a sentence that you would write. So, “an indication of”. Again, you’re using the preposition “of” after: “indication”. Okay?

The next word is very common – I’m sure you’re familiar with it – and that word is: “option”. So again, an “option” is basically a choice, and usually it’s a choice of one of several possibilities. Right? So: “This is one of several options.” One of several choices.

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