A word without a CONtext is a PREtext

A word without a CONtext is a PREtext

Basically this means that sometimes words alone can be confusing and need more description (a sentence or two) to give them a fuller CONTEXT. If not, then we probably don’t really know them.

For example, in the sentence:

I’ve got an iron. 

Without the situation in which this was said, it is very confusing:

Is it an “iron” Iron Box

Is it an iron golf club Resultado de imagen para a 9 iron drawing

or is it “an iron one” meaning ore ??Resultado de imagen para iron ore drawing



Either way more description or a LARGER CONTEXT is required.

The most powerful way for English language learners to GET this context is by asking CONTENT QUESTIONS: The learners


WHO….. WHAT….. WHEN….. WHERE….. HOW….. and WHY

These do many things for you:

  • They give you a CULTURE = a CONTEXT to place your words;
  • They give you a change to hear MORE LANGUAGE; and
  • Strange as it sounds, they put you in control of the conversation!

Context is EVERYTHING!

Now … go out and MAKE SOME CONTEXT!!




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