5 words for Friday: Wildlife

5words_wildlifecaptivity (noun)

animals who live under human control and are prevented from escaping.

endangered species (noun)

a type of animal or plant that might stop existing because there are only a few of that type alive.

habitat (noun)

the natural environment which an animal lives in.

poaching (noun)

the illegal hunting, capturing or killing of wild animals.

(wildlife) conservation

the practice of protecting animals and their habitat from the damaging effects of humans.

5 words for Friday: Technology


technophile (noun)

a person who is interested in modern technology and enjoys using it.

technophobe (noun)

someone who dislikes new technology, especially computers, and is not able to use it with confidence.

digital native (noun)

a person who is very familiar with digital technology, computers, etc. because they have grown up with them.

digital nomad (noun)

someone who uses technology, especially a laptop and a wireless network, to work remotely from anywhere in the world.

digital divide (noun, singular)

the problem of some members of society not having the opportunity or knowledge to use computers and the internet that others have.

Describing Objects

In this lesson we began by looking at a slideshow of various different objects:

Then, in pairs, students brainstormed words, thinking about the following:

  • shape
  • size
  • texture
  • weight
  • colour
  • material

They wrote down their ideas on this handout and we shared our ideas together as a class.


There was some interesting language that came out of this lesson:


  • This is a luxury watch, luxury timepiece
  • Rolex is a Swiss luxury watchmaker 
  • stainless steel – this watch has a stainless steel bracelet


  • This is an iconic handbag from world-renowned fashion house Chanel
  • It is a designer handbag
  • It is made from leather > aged calfskin
  • It has a metal buckle and chain > gold metal


  • This is an antique Chinese vase > ceramic, porcelain
  • blue and white – “vivid shades of cobalt-blue”
  • pear shaped body


  • wood > hardwoodrosewood 
  • doors with elaborate carvings of dragons
  • brass locks and hinges


  • This phone has curved edges
  • razor-thin
  • fits comfortably in the palm of your hand
  • cutting-edge technology, state-of-the-art

Take a look at the language that is used on each of the websites – they use some interesting language in their descriptions – take note of any words or phrases you think are of use.


Building Your Vocabulary

In IELTS it’s important to demonstrate a range of language.

I’ve banned discouraged my students from using the following:

  • Good ❌
  • Bad ❌
  • Things ❌
  • Stuff ❌
  • Nice ❌

Of course native speakers use these all the time. I’m guilty of this too – I had a nice weekend, my lunch was good, and I need to pick up some things from the supermarket later…

Try, instead, to find a topic specific word or a high quality synonym.

Be aware of your usage of these words as you prepare for the exam.

As you build your vocabulary you’ll be able to find suitable alternatives.

Tip: Remember to review vocabulary regularly, and, of course, use it in your speaking and writing practice.no_stuff_etc