Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today you’ll learn 5 IELTS words / phrases about the news and media for a 7+ vocabulary score.

In the last video lesson, we talked about how to provide impressive and informed examples in your Speaking Part 3 answers, ripped from today’s headlines.

Media’ itself is a common and challenging topic in IELTS Speaking and Writing. So, today you’ll get incredible vocabulary to describe a variety of perspectives related to this.

All of today’s words/phrases can be used in IELTS Speaking and Writing.

All vocabulary today was taken from various stories from the NPR program On the Media. I highly recommend this show to expand your culture of thinking and critical awareness.



1. Right / left-wing– Instead of saying ‘conservative’ and ‘liberal’, we can use these phrases to describe democrats and republicans.

2. Think tank– A group of people belonging to a political party, lobby or other organization that come up with strategies and ideas to accomplish objectives.

3. Lobby- An organization that tries to persuade the government to create / maintain certain policies that are in accordance with their ideals and values. (One of the most powerful lobbies in the United States is that of the NRA.)


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4. Rhetoric spouted by ___– ‘Rhetoric’ is powerful language, and ‘spout’ means to say strongly.

5. Transparency– The state of being clear and obvious. Many people want the government to be more transparent, meaning that they should reveal all the data and information behind their decisions and policies.

If these words/phrases are still unclear, put in some due diligence, and research! Google the phrases and see them in the context of a news article from a reputable source.

Then, practice using these words/phrases to describe government and media in your own country.

How would you use these words/phrases?

Share your examples in the comments section below!

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