Spotlight Vocabulary, October 2021

Oct 30, 2021 | IELTS, IELTS Vocabulary

Welcome to the October 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 read in April; you can find more on our LinkedIn and Twitter accounts. There are even more in our private community

How To Use These Articles

Just dive straight in and start reading!

With more time, you should try to record new vocabulary to review later.

If you can, write down the whole sentence in which the word appears. Learning new vocabulary in context helps you to recall it later.

Review and use the words regularly so that your brains transfers 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.

Seasons and Festivals

 What’s your favourite season? Collocation in this article includes simmering hotpots, scary festivals, fetishising a season of rain, fading light and tedious poetry — and that’s just the introduction. 

Some good vocabulary for festivals too!


The author of this article argues that while regional differences in pronunciation are OK, we should abandon Norse/Saxon grammar in English for a more standardised form. What do you think? Norse/Saxon grammar is something that loses even native speakers marks on IELTS test day… 


What’s your favourite gadget? Mine is a Mac! Whatever you think of the great Windows/Mac debate, this article supplies you with good vocabulary to answer this question on test day…

Hobbies and Surfing

In recent years IELTS has included questions about hobbies and what you like to do a the seaside. If surfing is your thing — and even if it’s not — you might find his article helpful.


This tweet was originally about sending crewed missions to the centre of the milky way but has been linked instead to a news stream with space-related stories. Lots of interesting articles which will help to inform and educate you for this kind of topic…

Globalisation and Inequality 

The Squid Games is the latest hot TV series — but it has a serious message about poverty and inequality. This article helps you to decipher its message in a way that you could utilise for similar IELTS topics…

Social Media


Some nationalities eat frogs, Britons eat toad in the hole. What special dishes do you have in your country — and do you have the vocabulary to describe them?


What’s your favourite wild animal? Have you ever seen one? Not sure how to answer these questions? This National Geographic article might just be the thing you need. It will ask you for your email address to continue reading — but if you switch your browser to reader mode, you can bypass this…

Informal Vocabulary for Describing a Product

The comments/reviews on this page provide you with the kind of informal vocabulary your could use in IELTS Writing General Task 1 — or in the Speaking Test. What’s your favourite piece of clothing? 

And there’s more…

This page only contains a selection of our social media feed.

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

If you become our customer, you will get access to our private community where we post even more articles — including some with exercises for you to complete.

See you next month!

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