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IELTS Vocabulary: Learn 400 Essential Words for IELTS

Improve your IELTS Band Score by learning key words for the IELTS Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening Tests
Instructor:
Charles Cornelius MA CertEd CELTA
12,340 students enrolled
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Achieve a band score of 7 and above by using and understanding a wide range of English vocabulary
Boost your IELTS Writing band score by writing essays using a wide range of vocabulary
Speak more naturally in the IELTS Speaking Test
Improve your reading and listening skills for the IELTS Listening and IELTS Reading Tests

Do you need a band score of 7.0 or above on the IELTS test? Then this course is for you!

Essential Words for IELTS is a collection of video presentations, worksheets and quizzes created for students preparing to take the IELTS test. By working through the materials, you will master the vocabulary needed to get a high IELTS score.

  • learn word meanings

  • hear how to clearly pronounce each word

  • see how each word is used in example sentences 

  • learn how to use the word like a native through common collocations (words that frequently go together)

  • discover the different forms and derivatives of each word

  • get to know synonyms of each word – vital for success on the IELTS reading and listening tests

  • revise using a PDF version of each video

  • build your own vocabulary booklet using the printable vocabulary record that comes with each video

  • test yourself using multiple choice quizzes

Together, this information will help you develop a deep knowledge of each word.

What students are saying:

“The course has been organised accurately and fantastically, it was great job. The course will improve your listening skills as well, which was wonderful. Thanks a lot.”

“This course is very interesting, informative and helped me to learn many right words for improving English!!! Thank you very much, Charles for your course!!!”

“It’s a wonderful course and well done. The author has a clear British accent. There are a lot of new collocations which I didn’t know. It’s a pleasure taking this course. Thanks a bunch.”

“I am pleasantly surprised by the course, it is a really easy and simple way to learn.”

“It is a very informative and interesting course. I highly recommend it for everyone who wants to take IELTS.”

The Vocabulary

In total, the course contains almost 400 words that will help you get the band score you need on the IELTS test. These words have been carefully selected from the COBUILD English language corpus to cover functions and topics that are frequently found in the IELTS test.

Each video presentation contains 7 words, the ideal number of words to learn in one go.

Who is this course for?

This course is for English language learners who are preparing to take or retake the IELTS test and need a band score of 7.0 or above. It is also useful for anyone who wants to improve their English by learning more English words and phrases, including students preparing to take the TOEFL, TOEIC, Cambridge First (FCE) Cambridge Advanced (CAE) tests.

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Introduction to the course

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Introduction
Get the most from this course. Learn about the different parts of the course including the videos, quizzes and downloadable resources. 

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Complete Word Lists

Download a complete list of all the words in this course. Print it out and you can keep it with you as you do the course.

Animals

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Animals Vocabulary

In this video, you'll learn some words related to animals. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words:

  • amphibian
  • carnivore
  • herbivore
  • omnivore
  • predator
  • prey
  • parasite
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Animals

Changes

1
Changes Vocabulary Part 1

In this video, you'll learn some words related to describing changes. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words:

  • acclimatize
  • merge
  • restore
  • amend
  • deviate
  • distort
  • divert
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Changes Vocabulary Part 2

In this lecture, you'll learn some more words for describing changes. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: manipulate, refine, transition, enlarge, deteriorate, diminish and eradicate.

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Changes

Chemistry

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Chemistry Vocabulary

In this video, you'll learn some words related to chemistry. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words:

  • agent
  • atom
  • molecule
  • compound
  • soluble
  • insoluble
  • crystal
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Chemistry

Engineering

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Engineering Vocabulary Part 1

In this video, you'll learn some words related to engineering. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words:

  • analogue
  • automate
  • hydraulic
  • hydroelectric
  • laser
  • prototype
  • optical
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Engineering Vocabulary Part 2

In this video, you'll learn some more words related to engineering. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words:

  • electronic

  • engine

  • engineering

  • mechanical

  • technical

  • user-friendly

  • vehicle

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Engineering

Environment

1
Environment Vocabulary

In this video, you'll learn some words related to the environment. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words:

  • biodiversity
  • ecosystem
  • fossil fuel
  • landfill
  • refuse
  • unspoiled
  • green belt
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Environment

Family

1
Family Vocabulary

In this video, you'll learn some words related to the family. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words:

  • infant
  • adolescent
  • maternal
  • paternal
  • sibling
  • marital status
  • upbringing
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Family

Geography

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Geography Vocabulary Part 1

In this video, you'll learn some words related to geography. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words:

  • hemisphere
  • equator
  • longitude
  • latitude
  • tide
  • crater
  • summit
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Geography Part 1
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Geography Vocabulary Part 2

In this lecture, you'll learn some words related to geography. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: temperate, arid, marine, glacier, terrestrial, fauna and flora.

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Geography Part 2

Government

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Government Vocabulary

In this video, you'll learn some words related to government. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words:

  • autonomy
  • constitution
  • coup
  • dictator
  • monarch
  • legislature
  • regime
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Government

Health and Medicine

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Treatments Part 1

In this video, you'll learn some words related to healthcare treatments. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words:

  • therapy

  • transplant

  • immune

  • vaccine

  • antibiotic

  • dose

  • remedy

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Treatments Part 2

In this video, you will learn more words related to treatment. After watching this video, doing the quiz and completing the vocabulary record (see the resources section), you will understand and be able to use all of the following words:

  • clinic

  • cure

  • drug

  • injection

  • medicine

  • patient

  • scan

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Treatments
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Healthcare Vocabulary

In this lecture, you'll learn some words related to healthcare. After watching this video, trying out the quiz and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: immunize, pathology, pharmaceutical, physiotherapy, practitioner, psychiatry and anesthetic.

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Healthcare
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Health and Wellbeing

In this video, you'll learn some words related to health and wellbeing. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words:

  • blood pressure

  • cognitive

  • pharmacology

  • intake

  • mental

  • posture

  • recover

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Illness Vocabulary

In this video, you'll learn some words related to illness. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words:

  • acute
  • chronic
  • addict
  • allergy
  • syndrome
  • epidemic
  • trauma
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Illness
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Disease

In this video, you'll learn some words related to disease. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words:

  • depression

  • disorder

  • donate

  • fatal

  • infect

  • overweight

  • obese

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Anatomy

In this video, you will learn some words related to anatomy. After watching this video, doing the quiz and completing the vocabulary record (see the resources section), you will understand and be able to use all of the following words:

  • bone

  • brain

  • breathe

  • heart

  • muscle

  • organ

  • sight

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Anatomy
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Medical Science

In this video, you will learn some words related to medical science. After watching this video, doing the quiz and completing the vocabulary record (see the resources section), you will understand and be able to use all of the following words:

  • bacteria

  • cell

  • germ

  • hereditary

  • toxic

  • trial

  • virus

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Medical Science

Law

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Law Vocabulary Part 1

In this video, you'll learn some words related to law. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words:

  • advocate
  • abide by
  • enforce
  • invoke
  • jurisdiction
  • litigate
  • prosecute
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Law
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Law Vocabulary Part 2

In this lecture, you'll learn some words related to law. After watching this video, trying out the quiz and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: clause, comply, exempt, ratify, sanction, uphold and violate.

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Law

Political Beliefs

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Political Beliefs Vocabulary

In this video, you'll learn some words related to political beliefs. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words:

  • advocate
  • dogma
  • propaganda
  • ideology
  • liberal
  • libertarian
  • pluralism
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Political Beliefs

Social Issues

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Social Issues Vocabulary Part 1

In this video, you'll learn some words related to social issues. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words:

  • civil rights
  • secular
  • ethics
  • feminism
  • humanitarian
  • refugee
  • catastrophe
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Social Issues Part 1
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Social Issues Vocabulary Part 2

In this lecture, you'll learn some words related to social issues. After watching this video, trying out the quiz and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: inequality, deprived, elite, redistribute, privilege, underprivileged and multicultural.

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Social Issues Part 2
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Population

In this lecture, you'll learn some words related to population. After watching this video, doing  the quiz and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: civilian, demography, indigenous, migrate, opinion poll, overpopulation and per capita.

Texts

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Texts Vocabulary

In this video, you'll learn some words related to texts. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words:

  • abstract
  • bibliography
  • commentary
  • footnote
  • paper
  • periodical
  • précis
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Texts

Biology

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Biology Vocabulary

In this lecture, you'll learn some words related to biology. After watching this video, trying out the quiz and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: decay, dormant, exhale, inhale, fertilize, reproduce and suppress.

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Biology

Business

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Business Vocabulary Part 1

In this lecture, you'll learn some words related to business. After watching this video, trying out the quiz and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: audit, compensate, reimburse, revenue, turnover, creditor and debtor.

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Business Vocabulary Part 2

In this lecture, you'll learn some words related to business. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: enterprise, entrepreneur, found, franchise, merge, restructure and subsidiary.

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Business
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Business Finance

In this lecture, you'll learn some words related to business finance. After watching this video, doing  the quiz and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: gross, net, liquidate. quarter, return, tariff, quota.

Comparing and Contrasting

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Comparing and Contrasting Vocabulary

In this lecture, you'll learn some words for comparing and contrasting. After watching this video, trying out the quiz and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: complement, converse, differentiate, diverse, mirror, resemble and synonymous.

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Comparing and Contrasting

History

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History Vocabulary

In this lecture, you'll learn some words related to history. After watching this video, trying out the quiz and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: archive, artefact, excavate, heritage, primitive, millennium and Renaissance.

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History

Linguistics

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Linguistics Vocabulary

In this lecture, you'll learn some words related to linguistics. After watching this video, trying out the quiz and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: analogy, nuance, coin, connotation, figurative, literal and metaphor.

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Linguistics

Materials

1
Materials Vocabulary

In this lecture, you'll learn some words related to materials and substances. After watching this video, trying out the quiz and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: dense, porous, permeable, fibre, constituent, raw and debris.

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Materials

Mathematics

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Mathematics Vocabulary

In this lecture, you'll learn some words related to mathematics. After watching this video, trying out the quiz and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: constant, deduct, integer, fraction, median, mean and theorem.

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Mathematics

Giving Opinions - Task 2 Writing

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Opinions Vocabulary

In this lecture, you'll learn some words for giving opinions. After watching this video, trying out the quiz and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: assertion, conjecture, contention, dogma, stance, sceptic and speculation.

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Giving Opinions

Positive Qualities

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Positive Qualities Vocabulary

In this lecture, you'll learn some words for talking about positive qualities. After watching this video, trying out the quiz and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: compelling, constructive, credible, groundbreaking, integrity, optimum and rigorous.

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Positive Qualities

Negative Qualities

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Negative Qualities Vocabulary

In this lecture, you'll learn some words for talking about negative qualities. After watching this video, trying out the quiz and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: abnormal, adverse, deficient, deprived, negligent, shortcoming and volatile.

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Negative Qualities

Research Methods

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Research Methods Vocabulary

In this lecture, you'll learn some words related to research methods. After watching this video, trying out the quiz and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: collate, correlate, empirical, hypothesis, theory, qualitative and quantitative.

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Research Methods

Describing Trends for Task 1 Writing

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Upward Trends Vocabulary

In this lecture, you'll learn some words for describing upward trends, something vital when you do Task 1 Writing in the IELTS test. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: rise, increase, soar, leap, rocket, climb and peak.

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Downward Trends Vocabulary

In this lecture, you'll learn some words for describing downward trends, something vital when you do Task 1 Writing in the IELTS test. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: fall, decrease, plunge, plummet, decline, drop and dip.

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