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.
How To Use These Articles
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.
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?
Would you wear a shirt that’s alive? The fashion industry creates more carbon emissions than international flights & shipping – living clothes could help solve the problem. Good #vocabulary & ideas for #IELTS especially for #clothing and #pollution topics. https://t.co/Da5WVhsgNV pic.twitter.com/mleEGcaAk7
— Andy T (@withanexpert) October 6, 2020
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.
#Wildlife is more important than just being an #IELTS topic. We need systemic shifts in how we produce food, create energy, manage our oceans and use materials. Learn some good #vocabulary and contribute to the efforts needed to save our world. https://t.co/udvVveY2o8 pic.twitter.com/7rCffPFTx2
— Andy T (@withanexpert) October 8, 2020
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…
Having trouble keeping up with the new words created by Covid-19? Here are a few: “maskne,” an acne outbreak caused by facial coverings; “zoombombing,” which is when strangers intrude on videoconferences; and “quarantini,” a cocktail consumed in isolation. https://t.co/c5fXUHXyqE pic.twitter.com/htlUOhHSge
— Andy T (@withanexpert) October 12, 2020
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…
Here’s an interesting article for #IELTS test takers about digital currency. Can China dominate the battle for control of #digital #currency? Plenty of good #vocabulary. https://t.co/8xKeUvIzog pic.twitter.com/h62YdKBa8i
— Andy T (@withanexpert) October 16, 2020
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…
Has 21st Century technology returned us to the Victorian age as far as work rights are concerned? Employers are monitoring workers keystrokes, mouse movements, websites visited and even taking a photo of them every minute. What do you think? #IELTS. https://t.co/PHMA8jyLD2
— Andy T (@withanexpert) October 18, 2020
And there’s more…
We have not shared all of last months collection.
See you next month!