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.
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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.
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…
Did you know the British Library has a home in Yorkshire with 300 miles of shelves and robot librarians? There is some good vocabulary here for several #IELTS test areas, including books, architecture, and technology. https://t.co/DwAwSLZCew <ahref=”https://t.co/erp6S0m3Fx”>pic.twitter.com/erp6S0m3Fx
— Andy T (@withanexpert) April 5, 2022
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…
Would you trust a robot surgeon — and are they a prerequisite for a mission to Mars. This article contains ideas & vocabulary for #IELTS test-takers – & might worry some surgeons! https://t.co/1WpQj4CL4S pic.twitter.com/VyXUlo88Cx
— Andy T (@withanexpert) April 7, 2022
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…
— Andy T (@withanexpert) April 9, 2022
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…
This article is about the importance of mental health. For those of you who like to report statistics in #IELTS essays, it contains plenty of these – along with some good vocabulary for Task 1 essays. https://t.co/fkNYxNLEfo pic.twitter.com/6ihD4Gc0u0
— Andy T (@withanexpert) April 11, 2022
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…
Is the internet the world’s biggest addiction? If you can navigate the maze of ads on this web-based article, you will be rewarded with some food for thought and a new word or two – vocabulary & ideas for #IELTS & life. https://t.co/engnFVzXrQ pic.twitter.com/T8fbQRU8fV
— Andy T (@withanexpert) April 16, 2022
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…
If you would like to put the stress of the #IELTS test into perspective & pick up some excellent collocation, read this article by @leahmclaren
about why ambulance drivers might have the secret to taking the hatred out of social media. https://t.co/CDKIay86Oh pic.twitter.com/7cHDluF49e
— Andy T (@withanexpert) April 18, 2022
Museums and Archaeology
These are two of the driest Speaking topics, but this article brings them both to life…
It can be hard to talk about museums & archaeology — especially in #IELTS. This article by @NinaStrochlic brings history to life & will arm you with plenty of ideas & vocabulary for test day. I wonder what image they would conjure up from my own skull? https://t.co/GBBNfUM6pI pic.twitter.com/Q1S0nY8oCS
— Andy T (@withanexpert) April 20, 2022
Many people find art a difficult topic — this article though examines art through the eyes of criminals and might just tweak our interest…
Even if art is not your thing — you might find this article about art forgers interesting and pick up some useful vocabulary for talking about art along the way — vocabulary & ideas for #IELTS. & life https://t.co/qksmSZJ4ur pic.twitter.com/EwdAqIDLUN
— Andy T (@withanexpert) April 22, 2022
And there’s more…
We have not shared all of last month’s collection — and there are many more from previous months and years.