Spotlight Vocabulary, April 2022

Apr 30, 2022 | IELTS, IELTS Test, IELTS Vocabulary

Welcome to the April 2022 edition of Spotlight Vocabulary.

In this series, we introduce you to high-level articles covering the kind of topics you are likely to encounter in tests like IELTS and OET. 

For more evergreen articles, visit our LinkedIn and Twitter accounts.

How To Use These Articles

Grab your favourite beverage and have a read!

With a bit more time on your hands — you should record any new words you encounter in an app like Anki. 

If you are completely dedicated to the cause, write down the whole sentence in which the word you are learning occurs. Learning new words in context will help you to remember them and use them accurately – especially when it comes to which words can be used with which words.

To make sure the words are in your active rather than passive memory, use them as often as you can both in your Speaking and Writing.

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

Books, Architecture and Technology

This article covers a lot of topics common to IELTS test day. Personally, I would love to visit a place which aims to store a copy of every book printed in the English language — and the planned architecture and technology sound amazing too…

Robot Surgeons and Space

Robot surgeons are coming soon — is that a step too far? Do we rely on technology too much? And should we really try to colonise another planet considering how badly we have treated this one…

Insects and Genetics 

Talking about insects has to be one of the trickier IELTS topics — but this article has you covered. Learn about how it has been claimed that a change in DNA has affected the social structure of an entire species…

Mental Health and Statistics 

The pandemic has impacted everyone’s mental health, and this is a topic that can be covered in both OET and IELTS. You will find the way the statistics are reported particularly helpful for IELTS Academic Writing Task 1…

Addiction and the Internet 

Could you live without the internet for four years? No? Selena Gomez might argue that you would be better of if you did and that you are addicted. Our recent Reading & Vocabulary webinar was on a similar topic and will be posted here soon…

Social Media

Social media has been in the news a lot recently — and Elon Musk thinks he has the answer to its problems. But does the real answer lie with ambulance drivers…

Museums and Archaeology 

These are two of the driest Speaking topics, but this article brings them both to life…


Many people find art a difficult topic — this article though examines art through the eyes of criminals and might just tweak our interest…

And there’s more…

We have not shared all of last month’s collection — and there are many more from previous months and years.

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

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