Spotlight Vocabulary, January 2020

Jan 30, 2020 | IELTS Test

Welcome to the first edition of Spotlight Vocabulary in 2020!

This series is designed to introduce you to ideas, vocabulary and quality articles that will stimulate you and help you to pass IELTS or OET.

These are not the only articles we read in January; you can find more on our Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.

How To Use These Articles

You can benefit from just reading them!

If you have a little more time, record the words you find in an app, such as Anki. 

Don’t just write down the new word – record the whole sentence it came with. Learning new vocabulary in context will help you to both remember it and use it naturally.

Finally, take as many opportunities as you can to use the new words. This will help to make the words a part of your active vocabulary – so you can score highly in the Writing as well as Reading test.

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

Climate Change 

Have we reached the point of no return? 

Food and Technology 

Have you ever wished that you can pull a rabbit out of a hat? Scientists are claiming that they have almost done just that.


This article is about how to write a book. If you can learn to do this, then a 250 words essay should present you with no problems at all. Plenty of good vocabulary!


The xeneobots are coming! Should we use living tissue to make robots programmed to clean up our mistakes? 


Accommodation is one of the most common topics in the IELTS test. This article uses plenty of useful vocabulary as it discusses the disadvantages of renting. 


Pollution and clean energy are common talking points these days. Is nuclear power really clean? Is meeting short-term pollution targets by building lots of mini-nuclear power stations a good idea? This article gives you some perspectives on the matter.

And there’s more…

We have not shared all of the articles we read last month.

You can see the missing articles and articles from previous months on our Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.

See you next month!

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