Welcome to the March 2022 edition of Spotlight Vocabulary.
Here you will find a number of articles specially chosen to help you learn new vocabulary and ideas for topics covered in the IELTS test.
How To Use These Articles
Click the links and read!
Using a notebook or app to record the app would be a good next step. Ideally, you should not just copy down the new word but also the sentence in which the word appears. This will help you to learn good collocation.
Try to use the words as often as you can so that they become a part of your active vocabulary.
The Modern Workplace
Let’s face it — the modern workplace is a fairly bleak place for many workers. This article might help you to describe to an examiner what your place of work is like.
The article is actually about a film and might give you some ideas and vocabulary you can use for this topic also…
People thought that modern technology would lead to work-free lives, but many of us are instead treated as ‘bits of an algorithm’. Lots of good ideas and vocabulary for #IELTS in this article for describing the modern workplace. https://t.co/n9GbRsqvZw pic.twitter.com/Oe8xXF7DBY
— Andy T (@withanexpert) March 7, 2022
If the modern workplace doesn’t scare you, maybe modern housing problems do. Talking about your hometown or home is the most common of IELTS topics — and this article is about both…
— Andy T (@withanexpert) March 8, 2022
Continuing the theme, this article talks about the psychological impact cramped living spaces can have…
Talking about your home is one of the most common #IELTS Speaking topics. This article discusses how tiny living spaces affect our well-being — Individually and Societally. Plenty of food for thought and good vocabulary to be found! https://t.co/6WJyVtAD40 pic.twitter.com/Lsj5fobgim
— Andy T (@withanexpert) March 24, 2022
You could also be asked to talk about the kind of home you would like to live in. If you have the money, how about this option…
This article is not for landlubbers – if you don’t know what that means, read the article! Talking about your home and travel are common #IELTS topics. This article combines both with an apartment on a floating home. Seasteading could be a future trend. https://t.co/hh1gblhrob
— Andy T (@withanexpert) March 31, 2022
The Environment & Technology
Is it more environmentally friendly to use an e-reader or a paperback. This article crunches the maths — but do you agree?
Just how environmentally friendly is an e-reader? According to this article by @elorisea for @PopSci — not very. I think a lot of the benefits have been missed, but you may find some good arguments for your #IELTS essay. https://t.co/PoWHxOCIss pic.twitter.com/CGOBd2U8Wm
— Andy T (@withanexpert) March 9, 2022
Being asked to talk about animals can be difficult, especially if you are not an animal lover. This article might give you some ideas…
Some very high-level vocabulary in this @NatGeo article. @ZachStGeorge writes about cryptic animal species hiding in plain sight & explains why this could have serious implications for human health. Talking about animals is an #IELTS Speaking topic. https://t.co/ETVgc0uX9P pic.twitter.com/zOKYNBQ48f
— Andy T (@withanexpert) March 11, 2022
Being asked to talk about insects is arguably even harder. This article follows on from the theme above but instead focuses on the creepy-crawly world…
105 feet above our heads (and maybe a few thousand miles to the left) is a whole new world of undiscovered insects. Lots of great vocabulary for your #IELTS exam in this article by @natashaldaly for @natgeo. https://t.co/w7rQTVQsXo pic.twitter.com/zWfENxxWTF
— Andy T (@withanexpert) March 29, 2022
Would you like to be famous? Or would you like to have famous parents? Plenty of vocabulary for describing character and fame…
What’s it like to grow up with a famous father? Plenty of ideas and vocabulary in this article you could use in #IELTS for topics about fame or describing someone’s character. Read what Chet Hanks has to say about growing up as the son of Tom Hanks. https://t.co/3x1sTwxnBH pic.twitter.com/r9GkzSRFQ6
— Andy T (@withanexpert) March 30, 2022
And there’s more…
See you next month!