Spotlight Vocabulary, April 2020

Apr 29, 2020 | IELTS, IELTS Speaking, IELTS Test, IELTS Vocabulary, IELTS Writing, OET

Welcome to the April 2020 edition of Spotlight Vocabulary.

In this series, we curate articles that contain ideas and high-level vocabulary you can use in tests like IELTS or OET.

These are just a selection of the articles we read in April; you can find more on our LinkedIn and Twitter accounts.

How To Use These Articles

Just reading them would be a good start!

If you have a little more time, record the words you find in a vocabulary app, like Anki.

Have more time? Write down the whole sentence in which the word appears. Learning new vocabulary in context will help you to remember it and use it accurately – especially when it comes to collocation.

Finally, use the words you learn as often as you can. That way, you can transfer them from your passive to active memory.

Passive vocabulary is good for listening and reading tests, but you need ready recollection for it to be useful in speaking and writing.

For the ultimate practice, book a lesson with one of our teachers or submit a Writing Correction.

History and Pollution

Did you know that serious levels of pollution were around as early as the 12th Century? Neither did I …


The future is almost upon us. Learn what might be about to happen and the vocabulary you can use to talk about it…


If you are feeling hungry, I’d give this one a miss for now. This article contains vocabulary you can almost taste…

Society and Community

The coronavirus has proved that we are nicer than we think…


There can be a lot of truth in old concepts. Discover why copper can help prevent all kinds of infections from diarrhoea to the coronavirus. As usual, this article also contains a lot of useful vocabulary…

If you’ve been feeling a little old recently, try following the advice (and learning the vocabulary) in this article…

Plants, Bugs And Biology 

This one is a video. These topics can be tricky to discuss, mainly because you may have no interest in them and no vocabulary. This video should solve all those problems in one go…

Nature And Urban Spaces

What happens if you cut down all of a city’s trees? Nothing good – except for this video which will reinforce your vocabulary in important areas…

 And there’s more…

We have not shared all of last months collection.

To see the missing articles, and articles from previous months – visit our Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.

See you next month!

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