Spotlight Vocabulary, October 2020

Oct 27, 2020 | IELTS, IELTS Test, IELTS Vocabulary

Welcome to the October 2020 edition of Spotlight Vocabulary.

This is the latest in a series of curated articles – specially chosen to supply you with high-level ideas and vocabulary you can use in tests like IELTS or OET.

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

How To Use These Articles

Read them!

Ideally, and with a little more time, use an app like Anki to record the vocabulary you learn.

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.

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.

Fashion and the Environment

It’s not often these two topics go together – but here is the article that does just that! 

Would you like to wear clothes that are alive?


This article talks about a catastrophic decline in wildlife. You can also learn some useful vocabulary for both the academic Task 1 and Task 2 of the IELTS test.


Yes – we’ve given the coronavirus its very own section. In this article, the Oxford Dictionary updates us on new words related to the current pandemic…

Digital Currency 

Short of money? How about creating your own digital currency! This article won’t tell you how to do this – but it will teach you some of the vocabulary you need to talk about it…

Workers’ Rights and Technology

This is a common topic in the IELTS test these days. How has technology impacted our rights in the workplace? Read this article for some insight into a very modern issue…

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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