Spotlight Vocabulary, March 2021

Mar 28, 2021 | IELTS, IELTS Speaking, IELTS Test, IELTS Vocabulary, IELTS Writing

Welcome to the March 2021 edition of Spotlight Vocabulary.

This is a series where we introduce you to articles containing ideas and advanced vocabulary for topics common in the IELTS test.

You can find even more articles you can use in tests like IELTS or OET on our LinkedIn and Twitter accounts.

How To Use These Articles

Click and read!

With a bit more time, you can capture new words on an app like Anki. This will allow you to review the vocabulary in an organised way – and an algorithm will decide how often you need to see a particular word.

If you can invest more time, then writing down the whole sentence in which a word appears will help your collocation.

Have more time? Write down the whole sentence in which the word appears. Learning new vocabulary in context will help you to remember it and use it accurately – especially when it comes to collocation.

Finally, use the words you learn as often as you can. That way, you can transfer them from your passive to active memory.

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

The Economy and the Environment

 How much is a tree worth? How about a whale? 

Some economists believe we can save the world by assigning financial values to everything in nature. Good ideas and vocabulary for all environment-related topics…

Is economic activity having a bigger effect on the tides than even the moon or the sun? Some interesting thoughts in this article – and plenty of good vocabulary too…


Expand your wildlife vocabulary. Manmade structures are isolating animals and reducing genetic diversity. Can bridges designed for crabs and other animal types help?


Drones are having all sorts of impacts on human society – not all of them intended. Find out more in this article by A.S. Deller. But remember – you should never include bullet points in an IELTS essay…


Working from home has become very common during the pandemic. Is this good or bad? When answering this topic on IELTS test day – it’s worth remembering that the person marking your essay is also working from home…

Society and Inequality

According to this article, wealth inequality has been involved in every collapse of civilisation for the last 5,000 years. Food for thought and vocabulary for test day…


Talking about food, this article says we can save the environment by using microorganisms to produce honey, milk and cheese (instead of using bees, cows and goats). Let me know what you think!

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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