The Academic Word List was originally compiled by Averil Coxhead of Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, in 2000. The 10 Sublists cover the English words most frequently-found in academic and technical texts. The Academic Word List Audio Project began in 2011. The audio recordings were made by asking English Language Studies faculty at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Canada to talk about these words, word families, and collocations.