Welcome to the fourth edition of Spotlight IELTS Vocabulary.
This month we throw another spotlight on articles worthy of your attention.
Each article contains vocabulary and ideas which will help you to score highly in IELTS Speaking and Writing.
We first curated each article on our Twitter account. Follow us if you would like to see more.
How To Use These Articles
Choose a topic that interests you or a topic for which you need a stronger vocabulary.
Write down new words that you come across – not just the word but the whole sentence. Learning a word in context will help you to use it accurately later.
Don’t translate the word into your native language – write down an English definition. Learning the English definition for new vocabulary will help you to think as well as speak in English.
Find every opportunity you can to use your new vocabulary. Use it in a diary, buy a friend a meal on condition they speak English, find as many opportunities as you can.
For the ultimate practice, book a lesson with one of our teachers or even a Writing Correction.
Employment and Technology
Are employees disappearing from your town? Find out why and learn some new vocabulary with this article by Mike Spencer…
Here are some interesting thoughts & vocabulary for #IELTS penned by @Mike_K_Spencer “As cashiers & shelf stockers disappear, retail managers … might also no longer be needed … soon a robot could in theory handle your order in an autonomous vehicle” https://t.co/9lwzo5Mb6x
— Andy T (@withanexpert) May 30, 2019
Has your boss disappeared too? This article byVictor Tangermann explains the concept of a roboboss…
Have a read of this article by @vtanger which offers ‘a grim glimpse of a future in which AI is your boss’ where AI ‘generates any warnings or terminations regarding quality or productivity without input from supervisors’. Useful reading for #IELTS. https://t.co/paDqcg3GGD
— Andy T (@withanexpert) May 30, 2019
Get another point of view from Erica Buist, who is unworried by the robot jobpocalypse…
This article by @ericabuist says a ‘robot jobpocalypse’ is nothing to worry about: ‘In a world of automation and algorithms, human authenticity will be worth more’. Contains vocabulary you won’t find in a dictionary but could use in the #IELTS test https://t.co/hVRdULQKXe
— Andy T (@withanexpert) June 4, 2019
Is over-tourism a problem where you live?
Today’s article is by @Richard_Florida & about over-tourism. Learn why ‘Amsterdam has tried to curtail tourist shops … Milan has banned selfie sticks … And Rome has prohibited … cavorting in public fountains.’ Useful #vocabulary and ideas for #IELTS. https://t.co/YBXD8eAhGK
— Andy T (@withanexpert) June 10, 2019
The Japanese in this article by David Robson could help you with English. Can you beat my score?
Does ‘nurunuru’ mean dry or slimy? There is a science to guessing the meaning of a word. This article by @d_a_robson for @aeonmag will help you distinguish your iPhone from an idiophone & improve your chances (By the way, I got 8/10. How about you?) #ielts https://t.co/CySjSiYf5w
— Andy T (@withanexpert) June 11, 2019
Architecture and the Home
Talking about your home or an ideal home is a common topic in IELTS. There is some wonderful vocabulary in this article.
#IELTS might ask you to describe your ideal home or solve the population crisis. @nickvanmead has answers with ‘depthscrapers … floating cities … [&] … a Mega-City Pyramid [with] carbon nanotube struts … & photovoltaic coating and algae’. https://t.co/YAfmISdshY
— Andy T (@withanexpert) June 12, 2019
Food and the Environment
Can what we eat save the world?
Do #vegetarians have a problem? Can #vegans save the world? This article published by @ManchesterSCI contains plenty of vocabulary, ideas, and food for thought you can transfer to the #IELTS #Speaking & #Writing tests. https://t.co/BJ9mEaJh6g
— Andy T (@withanexpert) June 24, 2019