Spotlight Vocabulary, November 2020

Nov 28, 2020 | IELTS, IELTS Test, IELTS Vocabulary, OET

Welcome to the November 2020 edition of Spotlight Vocabulary.

On this page, we link you to curated articles filled with ideas and high-level vocabulary you can use in the IELTS test.

These are just a selection of the articles we read in April; you can find more on our LinkedIn and Twitter accounts.

How To Use These Articles

Read the articles, note new vocabulary, and if you have time, record the words you learn in an app like Anki.

Ideally, you should write down the whole sentence in which the word appears. Learning 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.

Passive vocabulary is useful for listening and reading tests, but you need ready recollection for it to be helpful in speaking and writing.

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

Climate Change & Technology

Is green energy about to change the world? We hope so! Technology and the environment are both very common topics in the IELTS test, and this article can help you stock up on the vocabulary and ideas you need…

The Future of Fashion 

Covid-19 has been accelerating innovation in several industries, and fashion is no exception. Learn what the future might hold. Plenty of high-level vocabulary to help you tackle this topic on test day.

Universal Income

This topic has crept into IELTS more and more. How would you like a universal income today? If you live in the US, this app might help you to achieve just that…

Food & Health

This article will not only improve your chances of passing IELTS or OET, it will improve your health as well. What are the 3 ingredients we should give up for good?

The Internet 

Is the internet a power for good or evil? This article explains why it is about to get a lot more crowded. Plenty of ideas to feed your conversation or writing on test day…

Fish & Medicine 

The introduction to this article says it all…

Pollution & The End Of The World

This is one of my favourite articles—lots of excellent collocation about bickering politicians and resilient plastics. You’ll learn plenty about our planet and potential legacy too!


Happiness is a current IELTS topic – so you might be happy to find this article which will supply you with the vocabulary you need. But is happiness a good thing?  

And there’s more…

We have not shared all of last months collection; in fact, we’ve missed out some of the best ones.

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

See you next month!

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