Spotlight Vocabulary, December 2021

Dec 31, 2021 | IELTS, IELTS Test, IELTS Vocabulary

Welcome to the December 2021 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 December; you can find more on our LinkedIn and Twitter accounts.

How To Use These Articles

Just open and read!

If you can, make a note of new vocabulary in a vocabulary app.

It is important to use the words you learn regularly. That way, you can transfer them from your passive to active memory.

Passive vocabulary is good for listening and reading tests, but you need to be recall vocabulary instantly and naturally 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.


Can you talk about clothing and fashion? Neither can I — but the author of this article can, so read on to prepare yourself for all eventualities on IELTS test day…

The Environment

The environment is something that is in the news everyday, this articles discusses work being done to protect an environment in Indonesia…

Culture & TV

Is there too much TV and too much culture in the modern world? The vocabulary and ideas in this article could help you with an IELTS Task 2 essay, or the Speaking test…

Alien Life

If the word ‘panspermia’ is not in your vocabulary, then maybe you need to read this article about how life on this planet may have already colonised other planets…


An interesting video which tracks the origin of many words connected with end-of-year festivals in the UK…

Robots and AI

Would you like to eat a Christmas dinner cooked by a robot? Would you stretch to a pizza? In fact, you have probably eaten plenty of robot prepared food, but does food need the human touch…

Can we live with AI — or will it replace us. One piece of AI has already come to the conclusion that we should implant it within us if we want to survive…

Wind and solar power

This article is about the world’s first carbon-neutral MacDonald’s. Whether or not it is a marketing gimmick is something for you to decide — but you will learn some good vocabulary for IELTS test day…

And there’s more…

Why not visit our Twitter and LinkedIn accounts to see hundreds of past posts covering a wide range of topics. All of the articles are evergreen and will provide you with useful vocabulary and ideas for IELTS test day.

See you next month!

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