Welcome to the June 2020 edition of Spotlight Vocabulary.
This is a series of curated articles containing high-level vocabulary you can use in CELT tests like IELTS or OET.
These are just a selection of the articles we read in May; you can find more on our LinkedIn and Twitter accounts.
How To Use These Articles
The most important thing is to read them!
If you have a little more time, you can record the words you find in a vocabulary app, like Anki.
Have more time? Write down the whole sentence in which the word appears. Learning new vocabulary in context will help you remember it and use it accurately – especially when it comes to collocation.
Finally, use the words you learn as often as you can. Buy an English-speaking friend a coffee if they agree to just speak English. Have an English-speaking hour at home. By doing this, you can transfer your new words from your passive to active memory.
Passive vocabulary is good for the listening and reading tests, but you need ready recollection 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.
The COVID-19 pandemic has fast-forwarded many initiatives in the OET and IELTS testing world. This article explains why…
According to @stevelevine the economy has been ‘blasted years Into the future’. Covid-19 has enabled #technology to leapfrog, car-sharing prototypes are history & the automation of jobs has accelerated. Lot of ideas and #vocabulary for #IELTS test day. https://t.co/vzPJBsGRMI pic.twitter.com/0WaSVPssny
— Andy T (@withanexpert) June 8, 2020
You are sometimes asked to talk about animals in IELTS. This article introduces you to the exciting realm of marine life. Plenty of high-level vocabulary…
#IELTS sometimes asks you to talk about a wild #animal – how about ‘The box jellyfish, marbled cone snail, blue-ringed octopus and stonefish’. @louise_gentle explains why they are so dangerous.Taking the test to move to Australia?Read this article first! https://t.co/c5l4XJjVCz pic.twitter.com/qOT5CPQL28
— Andy T (@withanexpert) June 10, 2020
Obesity and Weight Loss
Lose a few pounds and pick up some vocabulary with this idea-packed article on how to get and stay in shape…
#IELTS test takers love to quote research – and here is an article reporting research into #weightloss. It contains a few ideas you could use in an article on #obesity. You might also find some ueseful vocabulary for #OET. Let me know if it works! https://t.co/nBoOcCnHb8 pic.twitter.com/Lt2d6ZoPUH
— Andy T (@withanexpert) June 12, 2020
Psychology and the Human Condition
We are social animals and are used to surviving in social groups. Can we survive periods of extended self-isolation? This is a 43-minute podcast, but click on read more to reveal a treasure trove of vocabulary…
Do you agree with the 17th century philosopher Thomas Hobbes that people are naturally disposed to ‘rapine and revenge’? Listen to this 43 minute podcast and click on ‘Read more’ to read an introduction jam-packed with high-level #vocabulary for #IELTS https://t.co/1oG9XS6WE4 pic.twitter.com/8ocsViCDUD
— Andy T (@withanexpert) June 15, 2020
Would you like even more time to study IELTS? This article claims that four hours of sleep a night will soon be all we need. As always it is worth reading for the vocabulary alone…
In this article @justtameem says that we will soon be able to manage on 4 hours sleep a night. What will you do with the extra time? Some good vocabulary and ideas you could use in both #OET and #IELTS. https://t.co/7NESVdkkU1 pic.twitter.com/u4vKY4mAOh
— Andy T (@withanexpert) June 19, 2020
And there’s more…
We have not shared all of last month’s collection.
To see the missing articles, and articles from previous months – visit our Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.
See you next month!