Enhancing academic vocabulary skill is one of the important ways of any language study at university level. In order to become a competent English language learner, the need of plentiful vocabulary to encounter the challenges of applying English in academic contexts. The current study is a corpus-based study that designs to question the use of words in Gardner and Davie’s New Academic Word List (AVL) (2013) in research in the field of linguistics and applied linguistics. We gathered and probed 60 research projects of EFL university students composing of 1,071,558 running words that called the Research Project Corpus (RP). Our analysis acknowledged that the top of 500 word families in the AVL, 474 words turned up frequently and the coverage accounted for 14.04% of the token in this corpus. Yet, the current study also classifies the non-academic words that appeared more than 50 times and examined high frequency in both function and content words that related to language education.
New Academic Word List, Academic Vocabulary, EFL, Research Project