Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Sometimes you’ll get questions about the environments on the IELTS Exam.

The questions might come on the Speaking test or on the Writing test or there may be a passage about it in the Reading test.

How can you prepare for these questions?

Make sure you know some great vocabulary words that are related to the environment.

Today we’ll show you the words you need to know to get your 7 or higher when it comes to questions about the environment.

Movies to watch:

  • Erin Brokovich: She is an environmental activist and she changed the legislation in a small town and supported people in the town who were being made sick because of corporate pollution. This movie is inspiring and you could bring this into Speaking Part 3.
  • Food, Inc,: This movie highlights the issue of food production in the US. They explore Genetically Modified Food and how it’s affecting our economy and our health. If you watch this movie and look into the topic more you will have a great answer if you get a question about the environment in Speaking Part 3.

Terms to use on the exam:

  • Farmer’s Market: An open-air market where farmers come directly to the city to sell what they have grown on the farm. They sell “locally grown” food.
  • Environmental activist: Someone who is fighting to bring about change when it comes to the environment.
  • Fracking: A new technique that is being used in parts of the United States. They drill deep into the rock using a liquid pressurized tube. Please go here to learn more.
  • Carbon footprint: This is how much pollution you are personally responsible for. Riding a bike or taking public transportation both reduce your carbon footprint. There are a lot of places on the Speaking test where you could use this term.
  • Throw- away culture: As consumers we throw things away after using them once. This creates more pollution and waste in the environment.

What other terms do you know that focus on the environment?

Let us know in the comments below.

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