Assessment, Evidence, Analysis, Constitutional, Aspect. These are the top five choices voted for the 2011 Academic Word of Year as of November 1, 2011. More than 500 votes have been cast so far, and surprisingly, “Assessment” is the top voted choice so far.
Academic vocabulary has been the buzzword in education lately. Experts agree that teaching academic vocabulary is crucial for students to access content, especially for our nation’s growing ESL population. The issue then isn’t whether to teach academic vocabulary – nearly all educators agree on its importance - but which words to focus on with teachers already so pressed for time.