Spotlight Vocabulary, August 2022
Welcome to the August 2022 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.
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.
Working from home
One of the current big work debates is whether it is better to work in an office or work from home. Needless to say this topic has also cropped up in the IELTS test. This article equips you with vocabulary and ideas you can use…
Work is a common #IELTS topic. Check out this article by @garwboy for vocabulary and ideas on working from home. Are hybrid workers more productive and contented than those who work full-time in an office setting? https://t.co/n3RGGEqAeb pic.twitter.com/BxucG9LzS5
— Andy T (@withanexpert) August 10, 2022
Marketing Advice and Film Reviews
This recommendation is actually a podcast by a couple of marketing pros. Plenty of vocabulary here to suit a wide range of topics…
Plenty to like here. The best kind of listening practice is interesting and entertaining and this podcast delivers. https://t.co/jMg0IIPokT
— Andy T (@withanexpert) August 12, 2022
Architecture and the environment
Here’s a fairly unique idea — a 106 km city that consists of one building…
Future or fantasy? @JHBantock write about plans for a city in Saudi Arabia that will consist of a single building which spans 106 kilometres. Plenty of questions about buildings in #IELTS & this could be a very original way to tackle them! https://t.co/55JxDDKQaT pic.twitter.com/siaTN8D8BC
— Andy T (@withanexpert) August 14, 2022
Health and medicine
This is a BBC video covering the topic of health — containing ideas and vocabulary you could use in either the IELTS or OET test. Antibiotics are starting to lose the battle to protect us…
Some good health and medical vocabulary in this BBC video. Antibiotics added an average of 20 years to the average lifespan – but the effects are waning! https://t.co/O1XLVhv5uF pic.twitter.com/VLmjZTvTF7
— Andy T (@withanexpert) August 23, 2022
At a time of rising costs, some people think we should pay more for our water! When you read how much the average American uses, you can understand why. Plenty of ideas to feed a related IELTS essay…
This article by @ciaraCnugent asks if we should pay more for water. According to Water Footprint Network, the average American uses roughly 2,000 gallons of water every day. Good vocabulary to cover #IELTS topics related to the environment. https://t.co/EED7kVlJLZ pic.twitter.com/fXFx4PzIoZ
— Andy T (@withanexpert) August 23, 2022
The final frontier is becoming an increasingly popular IELTS Writing Task 2 topic. If you space vocabulary needs a boost, this could be the article for you…
The topic of Outer Space has cropped up in the #IELTS test a few times recently. If your martian is not as good as it could be – this article will provide you with ideas and vocabulary you can use to answer this type of question! https://t.co/mfiAiB7pHG pic.twitter.com/wJ7zQQnEP1
— Andy T (@withanexpert) August 25, 2022
The animal kingdom is another vocabulary area that many people are weak on — and this is a topic that is quite common in IELTS Speaking. This article is packed with band 9.0 vocabulary…
Animals are a regular #IELTS topic on Speaking test day. This interesting article asks if animals have emotions and is packed with some really high level vocabulary. https://t.co/0lyUfY9vcf pic.twitter.com/cDMydHF0z7
— Andy T (@withanexpert) August 29, 2022
And there’s more…
See you next month!