Spotlight Vocabulary, January 2021

Jan 30, 2021 | IELTS, IELTS Test, IELTS Vocabulary

Welcome to the first 2021 edition of Spotlight Vocabulary.

This is the series where we curate articles that contain ideas and vocabulary suitable for academic tests like IELTS or OET. 

To see a wider selection of these articles, please visit our LinkedIn and Twitter accounts.

How To Use These Articles

These articles will benefit you even if you only have time to read them.

With a bit more time, you should record the words you find in a vocabulary app – like Anki.

Have more time? Record the whole sentence in which the word appears. Learning new words in this way will help you to understand the context in which they should be used and how they collocate with other words.

Finally, using the words frequently will help transfer them from being passive to active words that you can recall at will. 

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

Plant Life

It seems runner beans are more intelligent than we thought. Are they sentient? Should we still eat them?

Animal Life

Imagine an animal which just froze in place wherever it happened to be, and then came back to life six months later. Stop imagining and meet the Wood frog!

Inbreeding is causing spotted zebras. Are they edging towards extinction?

Alien Life

As technology advances, space and alien life is becoming a more common IELTS topic. This article asks whether we have already detected alien life.


Meet the future of transportation. These ideas might never take off (pun intended), but they should fuel your imagination.

Renewable Energy and the Environment

We are living through one of the most significant technological revolutions in history, but is it too late?

Speaking vs Listening

The importance of listening is a topic you might get in the Speaking test. T|his article will give you high-level ideas and vocabulary to answer.

And there’s more…

We have not shared all of last months collection.

To see the missing articles, and articles from previous months – visit our Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.

See you next month!

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