How to improve your vocabulary around technology
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If there's one topic you should learn more vocabulary for in the IELTS test, it's probably technology. Because technology is such a big part of our everyday lives, there’s a very good chance that you’ll have to talk, write or read about some kind of technology (or listen to someone talking about technology) in your IELTS test too. You may think of technology as computers and mobile devices (e.g. tablets and smartphones), and these are certainly examples, but technology also includes other kinds of equipment and machinery used in industry, transport, hospitals and even our homes (e.g. ovens and washing machines). So, read on for two vocabulary exercises that will help you learn how to use more vocabulary connected to the topic of technology. Technological advances  A technological advance is an improvement or development in technology, and you’re holding one right now if you’re reading this on a smartphone or tablet! Learn other ways to use the word ‘technology’ by reading the following text, noting the advantages and disadvantages of technological advances mentioned, and then completing the vocabulary exercise below. (Click to enlarge) Check how much you understood below: (Click to enlarge) Now, find every time the word ‘technology’ (or ‘technological’ or ‘tech’) is used in the text and note down the words used with it, e.g. ‘advances in technology’, ‘wireless technology’ and ‘communication technology’. If you’re not sure what some of the vocabulary means, guess what it could mean in the text and then use a dictionary to check if you’re right. Noticing how vocabulary is used in a text like this from Vocabulary for IELTS Advanced is one way to improve your vocabulary for IELTS, and it can be more effective than learning vocabulary from lists where you can’t see how the vocabulary is used. Pronunciation When you learn new words or phrases that you want to use in your speaking or understand when you hear, it’s important to learn how they are pronounced. Listen to how the words below are pronounced and in each case identify which syllable is stressed (sounds louder than the other syllables), e.g. ‘ca’ in the word ‘communication and ‘nol’ in the word ‘technology’.     communication technology wireless technology information technology technological advances  computer access entertainment industry sophisticated technology Now listen and record yourself repeating these phrases with the same syllables stressed so that you feel more confident using them and so that people will be more likely to understand you when you do. (I’ve included the list of phrases with the stress marked at the end of this post so you can check if you’re stressing the right syllables). For more vocabulary exercises and tips on learning vocabulary, check out the book Vocabulary for IELTS or Vocabulary for IELTS Advanced, and subscribe to our We Love IELTS newsletter so that you find out when the next post in my vocabulary for IELTS series is published. Remember, learning vocabulary is not only about learning more words, it’s also about learning how different words and phrases are used together. Pete PS The underlined syllables in the following words are stressed: communication technology, wireless technology, information technology, technological advances, computer access, entertainment industry and sophisticated technology.

Pete Jones

9 September, 2020

How to improve your vocabulary around technology

How to improve your vocabulary around technology

If there's one topic you should learn more vocabulary for in the IELTS test, it's probably technology.

Because technology is such a big part of our everyday lives, there’s a very good chance that you’ll have to talk, write or read about some kind of technology (or listen to someone talking about technology) in your IELTS test too.

You may think of technology as computers and mobile devices (e.g. tablets and smartphones), and these are certainly examples, but technology also includes other kinds of equipment and machinery used in industry, transport, hospitals and even our homes (e.g. ovens and washing machines).

So, read on for two vocabulary exercises that will help you learn how to use more vocabulary connected to the topic of technology.

Technological advances 

A technological advance is an improvement or development in technology, and you’re holding one right now if you’re reading this on a smartphone or tablet!

Learn other ways to use the word ‘technology’ by reading the following text, noting the advantages and disadvantages of technological advances mentioned, and then completing the vocabulary exercise below.

How to improve your vocabulary around technology Image 1

(Click to enlarge)

Check how much you understood below:

Advantages and Disadvantages

(Click to enlarge)

Now, find every time the word ‘technology’ (or ‘technological’ or ‘tech’) is used in the text and note down the words used with it, e.g. ‘advances in technology’, ‘wireless technology’ and ‘communication technology’. If you’re not sure what some of the vocabulary means, guess what it could mean in the text and then use a dictionary to check if you’re right.

Noticing how vocabulary is used in a text like this from Vocabulary for IELTS Advanced is one way to improve your vocabulary for IELTS, and it can be more effective than learning vocabulary from lists where you can’t see how the vocabulary is used.

Pronunciation

When you learn new words or phrases that you want to use in your speaking or understand when you hear, it’s important to learn how they are pronounced.

Listen to how the words below are pronounced and in each case identify which syllable is stressed (sounds louder than the other syllables), e.g. ‘ca’ in the word ‘communication and ‘nol’ in the word ‘technology’.

 

 

  • communication technology
  • wireless technology
  • information technology
  • technological advances 
  • computer access
  • entertainment industry
  • sophisticated technology

Now listen and record yourself repeating these phrases with the same syllables stressed so that you feel more confident using them and so that people will be more likely to understand you when you do. (I’ve included the list of phrases with the stress marked at the end of this post so you can check if you’re stressing the right syllables).

For more vocabulary exercises and tips on learning vocabulary, check out the book Vocabulary for IELTS or Vocabulary for IELTS Advanced, and subscribe to our We Love IELTS newsletter so that you find out when the next post in my vocabulary for IELTS series is published.

Remember, learning vocabulary is not only about learning more words, it’s also about learning how different words and phrases are used together.

Pete

PS The underlined syllables in the following words are stressed: communication technology, wireless technology, information technology, technological advances, computer access, entertainment industry and sophisticated technology.

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