Spotlight Vocabulary, February 2020

Feb 28, 2020 | IELTS Test, IELTS Vocabulary, OET

Welcome to the February 2020 edition of Spotlight Vocabulary!

In this series, we point you in the direction of vocabulary-rich articles that will help you no matter what your goals with the English language.

To see more articles we read in February, visit our Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.

How To Use These Articles

First, read them and underline any new words.

If you have time, record the words you find in an app, such as Anki. Don’t just record the new words, record the whole sentence in which they appeared.

Learning new vocabulary in context will help you to remember it and use it accurately.

Finally, use the words you learn as often as you can. Repetition will help to make these words a part of your active vocabulary. 

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

Plants and Trees

his is one of the trickier IELTS Speaking topics. This video introduces you to an oak tree that taught the world a lesson, and it knows some good vocabulary too…

Automation and Travel

Will we soon be flying without a pilot? Would you want to fly without a pilot? 


Before you go any further, you might want to eat something. This tweet talks about Georgian food in terms of flavours, methods and sophistication…

Climate Change

Good news – it’s just possible we might survive climate change, making passing the IELTS test all the more worthwhile…

If you need ideas for an essay on fighting climate change, here is an innovative one…

Mental Health and Wellbeing 

If you are tired of preparing for test day, why not take Katherine May’s advice, hide away, relax and recharge. I’ve seen many students make dramatic improvements in their English after taking a break. 

This is a vocabulary-rich article…

Pay Disparity And Poverty

Can you survive on your salary, or do you struggle to make ends meet? This article discussed the difference between what management and the rank and file earn…

Medicine and Psychology

Can we use medicine to edit our memories? These scientists say we can…

And there’s more…

We have not shared all of the essays we curated last month.

To see the missing articles – visit our Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.

See you next month!

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