Spotlight Vocabulary, May 2021

May 30, 2021 | IELTS, IELTS Reading, IELTS Speaking, IELTS Test, IELTS Vocabulary

Welcome to the May 2021 edition of Spotlight Vocabulary.

This is the series where we introduce you to articles containing concepts and vocabulary you can use on test day – for a full range of topics.

You can find even more on our LinkedIn and Twitter accounts.

How To Use These Articles

You can benefit from just reading them.

With a little more time, we recommend recording the words you find -whether on paper or in a vocabulary app.

With more time – it is a good idea to record the whole sentence in which you found the word. This will help you to use the word with correct collocation.

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

Passive vocabulary is good for 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.

Animals and Birds

Archaeology and related technology is starting to reveal what dinosaurs could hear and even what they sounded like. Some good vocabulary for the topic of animals and birds…

Returning to the present day, some researchers are trying to speak to whales..

And here are some more interesting wild animals that you could talk about on IELTS test day…


Leonardo da Vinci is getting some credit for the first powered flight on another planet. Plenty of technology-related vocabulary in this article…

Food (with a side serving of culture and history)

This article is fairly short – so there is no excuse if you are pushed for time. It tells the story of an upmarket restaurant and a slice of history from 1913… 

This restaurant closed a decade ago but speaks of a very different place and time…

Neighbourhoods and Ideal Homes

This is one of the most common IELTS topics and this article will give you enough vocabulary and ideas to really impress the examiner of Speaking test day…

Ever wonder why everything in your neighbourhood seems to be designed for a 6-foot tall British policeman? This article explains and supplies you with Plenty of vocabulary to describe an urban space…


Trees and Flowers

I think many examiners will have been met with blank stares when they suddenly changed the topic to trees and flowers. If your tree vocabulary needs a boost, this is the article for you…

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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