Welcome to the first edition of Spotlight IELTS Vocabulary.
In this series, we will shine a light on articles containing useful ideas and vocabulary for the IELTS test.
This first issue is taken from tweets we made in February 2019. We have added topic titles to help you scan for articles in an area where you want to improve your vocabulary.
How To Use These Articles
We recommend that you read through each article and underline words that you think would be useful.
Try to learn each word in context – so don’t just copy the word, copy the whole sentence!
Don’t translate the word into your own language. Doing this means that you will probably think in your own language, and translate into English before speaking. Instead, write an English definition for each word – this will help you to both think and speak in English.
Try to find as many opportunities as you can to use the vocabulary. If you don’t use the words you learn, they will not be a part of your active vocabulary. One way to use the vocabulary is to keep a daily diary in which you deliberately use words you have recently learnt.
Music and International Injustice
Not the most common topics – which makes it all the more important to pick up some vocabulary, since it is an area you are likely to be less familiar with.
This article by @laurasnapes and published by @guardian contains a wealth of high-level vocabulary about reggae and international injustice that you can put to good use in #IELTS and everyday discourse: https://t.co/9MRdMGfESQ.
— Andy T (@withanexpert) February 3, 2019
Health and Obesity
These topics are becoming increasingly common in the IELTS test, but are more likely to be used in the General version of the test.
This well-written article on weight loss by @K_Deighton for @ConversationEDU contains no secrets. However, obesity is an increasingly common topic in the #IELTS test and you will find a lot of useful vocabulary. And who knows, it might just inspire you 🙂 https://t.co/d1yFZwkLc4
— Andy T (@withanexpert) February 6, 2019
Climate Change and Pollution
These are two of the most common topics in the IELTS test – both Speaking and Writing. The following articles contain vocabulary you are very likely to be able to use.
This article by @Kate_Sambrook @UniversityLeeds provides a range of vocabulary and ideas you can use to discuss #climatechange in the #IELTS test. If that’s not enough it explains how we can reduce #CarbonEmissions by shopping locally and eating seasonally https://t.co/TJ9OxNEekR
— Andy T (@withanexpert) February 7, 2019
If you would like some good arguments & counterarguments on the topic of #pollution for the #IELTSWriting test, this article by @MattMcGrathBBC has a few. You could also learn a lot of good vocabulary for #IELTSSpeaking or any part of the #IELTS test… https://t.co/uIKWt5gKaK
— Andy T (@withanexpert) February 20, 2019
This is another topic that often appears in all parts of the test.
Writing in @Medium, @rushkoff was summoned to ask questions about the future of technology but asked more pertinent questions about the future of humanity. Pick up new vocabulary for #IELTS & learn how humanity can answer the problems posed by technology. https://t.co/t6iLdIBBH3
— Andy T (@withanexpert) February 11, 2019
Again a common topic – especially for the General test.
Do you love your work? Are current work values toxic? Pick up some ideas for your #IELTS essays and a learn some vocabulary with this eye-opening article by at @eringriffith writing for the @nytimes.https://t.co/0J9bkJw1bF
— Andy T (@withanexpert) February 13, 2019
That’s all for this edition. Keep your eyes on our blog for the next issue!