Spotlight Vocabulary, April 2021

Apr 29, 2021 | IELTS, IELTS Speaking, IELTS Test, IELTS Vocabulary, IELTS Writing

Welcome to the April 2021 edition of Spotlight Vocabulary.

Below you will find a series of curated articles that contain ideas and high-level vocabulary for tests like IELTS or OET.

For a wider selection of articles, visit our LinkedIn and Twitter accounts.

How To Use These Articles

Click on the link and read!

Ideally, you will note new words you find and record them in an app like Memrise. 

Have more time? Write down the whole sentence in which the word appears. Learning new vocabulary in context helps you recall it later and use it in the right context.

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.

The Animal Kingdom

Animal topics are fairly common in the IELTS test. Here are a few topics that will give you plenty to say – and plenty of vocabulary to use…

Did you know that an octopus can change colour when it dreams?

Have you ever seen a wild animal? You might soon be seeing woolly mammoths roaming free…

This article is about translating spider language into something we can understand. Some fascinating facts and high-level vocabulary to help you on IELTS test day…

Working from Home

This topic is cropping up more and more often in language tests. This article asks how much working from home is worth. Would you be prepared to live on $30,000 less to work from home?

Mental Health and the Environment

“FROM the Hanging Gardens of Babylon to the orange gardens of Seville, urban planners down the ages have taken inspiration from nature. And those of us living in the concrete and brick jungle have perhaps never appreciated scraps of green space more than during the covid-19 pandemic. During lockdowns, city dwellers across the world have found parks and gardens – where they exist an unexpected source of calm and joy.”…

Urban Life

From green spaces to urban areas – this article is packed with high-level vocabulary. Keep a dictionary handy!


Is humanity about to return to the caves? 

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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