建立学术词汇是因为学术英语（EAP）学生经常抱怨他们没有大学课程所需的词汇。具体而言，建立学术词汇将帮助学生提高词汇精确度，因为他们在常见的行为模式中工作，如因果关系，一般描述，过程描述或比较/对比。此外，每个单元专注于某个基本意义领域内的10-15个关键词汇项目。此外，每个单元还突出 – 并轻微练习 – 20-25个额外的词汇项目，提供更广泛和更多样化的第二级学习。所涉及的九个意义领域都经过精心挑选，因为它们在EAP课程中最常见的写作和演讲中非常有用。类似地，关于文本中的使用和语法限制的评论已被引用到两个广泛使用的语料库中。建立学术词汇可用作高级学生（或渴望提高英语的专业人员）的自学工具或作为课程书。它是对课程或文本的极好补充，专注于修辞模式，无论是阅读还是写作。
Building Academic Vocabulary was written because English for Academic Purposes (EAP) students often complain that they don’t have the vocabularies they need for college courses. Specifically, Building Academic Vocabulary will help students develop lexical precision as they work in such often exercised modes as cause-effect, general description, description of processes, or comparison/contrast. Moreover, each unit focuses on 10-15 key vocabulary items within a certain essential meaning area. In addition, each unit also highlights—and lightly exercises—20-25 additional vocabulary items that provide a broader and more diverse second level of learning. The nine meaning areas addressed were carefully selected for their usefulness in the writing and speaking most common in EAP classes. Similarly, the comments about usage and syntactic restrictions in the text have been referenced to two widely used corpora.
Building Academic Vocabulary is usable as either a self-study tool for advanced students (or professionals eager to refine their English) or as a course book. It makes an excellent supplement to a course or text that focuses on rhetorical modes, either reading or writing.