It’s almost March — but before we get there, check out our February edition of Spotlight Vocabulary!
This series is where we curate and point you in the direction of articles containing high-level vocabulary and ideas you can use on test day.
How To Use These Articles
Start by reading them. If you have more time then note the words either on paper or on an app — ideally by writing down the whole sentence so you have the context the vocabulary was used in.
Use the words you learn as often as possible so that they become a part of your active vocabulary that you can readily recall on test day.
Plants & The Environment
If you like to quote research when writing, this article about how plants have started to flower earlier than in the past is for you…
Cambridge research shows that British plants are flowering a month earlier than they used to — apparently due to global warming. Plenty of good plant and environment vocabulary for those of you taking the #IELTS test. https://t.co/vdGCidZAf2 pic.twitter.com/P5h61VZ2mf
— Andy T (@withanexpert) February 3, 2022
With all the problems we have on Earth, should we explore space? This article argues we should and that we should do so by launching a golden age of space travel…
This @Forbes article by @jamieacarter asks if it is time to launch a new “golden age” of space exploration with an armada of 20 spacecraft. Space has been an #IELTS topic & there is plenty of good vocabulary here. https://t.co/gaYwgkhF0m pic.twitter.com/pv7bKySSOr
— Andy T (@withanexpert) February 3, 2022
Robotics & Insects
Lots of good vocabulary in this article about robot insects…
This article by @charli_bing brings the topic of insects and robotics together — plenty of high-level vocabulary for both topics. This is also the kind of article you might get in the #IELTS Reading test https://t.co/jY1eoSNbua pic.twitter.com/qt5mpK1bnK
— Andy T (@withanexpert) February 7, 2022
This article contains a lot of informal vocabulary ideally suited for Speaking tests, or perhaps the IELTS General Task 1 letter.
What is your favourite TV show? …
The #IELTS speaking test can ask you to describe your favourite TV show. Few candidates can speak at the level of this article by @davidcanfield97, which reviews the TV series Conversation With Friends. Especially good for collocation & informal language. https://t.co/7phXDRS4pZ pic.twitter.com/32Wgk1Gzai
— Andy T (@withanexpert) February 9, 2022
The Environment & Horticulture
Ancient seeds are being unpacked and making a comeback in many tribal communities. This article packs in some high-level vocabulary and explains why…
Here is a vocabulary packed article for #IELTS test-takers preparing for food and environment topics: Heirloom plants from museums and seed banks are being reconnected with their original tribal stewards for cultural preservation and food security. https://t.co/onlNmV3Dd2 pic.twitter.com/UYD9PYaogO
— Andy T (@withanexpert) February 15, 2022
Clean Energy & Nuclear Fusion
UK scientists have taken a big step towards producing non-polluting energy. Nuclear fusion has been the stuff of science fiction for a long time. Are we on the verge of a new era?
If you need some stats for your #IELTS essay on clean energy sources, then this article on nuclear fusion will provide those and high-level vocabulary as a bonus. This reactor produced enough energy to power a home in 5 seconds for the first time. https://t.co/3F8mWhCZKS pic.twitter.com/ecUxUIvxh0
— Andy T (@withanexpert) February 17, 2022
Smart Phones and the Internet
Are we too obsessed with Technology? This article argues that it might be time to take a step back…
In this article, @sbearne provides stats and vocabulary to discuss a movement leading people to give up their smartphones. Could you do the same? This kind of topic could appear in the #IELTS Speaking or Writing test. https://t.co/4pzxdFZ8L8 pic.twitter.com/EnURPAQs0m
— Andy T (@withanexpert) February 19, 2022
Genetics, Food & Diet
This study examines to what extent genetics and diet interact to affect our overall health by examining the effect of an animal and non-animal diet on the health of twins…
This article brings the topics of genetics, diet, food & health together. What happens when you put two twins on radically different diets? Good vocabulary for many areas of the #IELTS test. https://t.co/ocCPWhaKvV pic.twitter.com/AIyuTLVMwc
— Andy T (@withanexpert) February 26, 2022
And there’s more…
We have not shared all of last months collection.
See you next month!