Spotlight Vocabulary, November 2021

Nov 29, 2021 | IELTS, IELTS Test, IELTS Vocabulary

Welcome to the November 2021 edition of Spotlight Vocabulary.

In this series, we curate articles that contain ideas and high-level vocabulary you can use in tests like IELTS or OET.

These are just a selection of the articles we have curated over the past few years. You can find many more on our LinkedIn and Twitter accounts.

How To Use These Articles

Just reading them will give you a head start!

With a little more time record them in a vocabulary app, Anki is one example of an app you could use.

It is recommended that you don’t just write the new word by itself — but the whole sentence in which it appears. The context will help you to remember the word as well as use it more accurately.

Finally, use the words you learn as often as you can so that they transfer from your passive to active memory.

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


This short poem and the attached article provide you with some good vocabulary around the theme of pollution and bonfire night…


We had a real focus on technology in our tweets this month — and it is a very common topic in the IELTS test. These articles should help you boost your vocabulary from several different points of view…

Is technology being used as a way to escape reality? 

And will reality bite back by taking our technology offline? …

Whatever you think, there is no doubt that technology, and AI, in particular, is having a big impact on our lives — and not all of it positive…


This is a video rather than a written article and is about food wastage. This is one solution you could discuss in an IELTS essay… 

Architecture & The Environment 

Candidates are often asked to describe a building they know or their ideal home on IELTS test day. This article describes buildings made of wood and connects the topic with pollution and the environment. 

Is wood more durable and longer-lasting than concrete? 

Travel and Pollution

Can gamification be used to encourage people to walk more? What is gamification? Find out the answer together with new vocabulary for this topic in the following article… 

And there’s more…

Why not visit our Twitter and LinkedIn accounts to see hundreds of past posts covering a wide range of topics. All of the articles are evergreen and will provide you with useful vocabulary and ideas for IELTS test day.

See you next month!

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