Better Reading: Context Clues

As an English Tutor on Chatterbug, I have a wonderful time helping Learners of all levels to reach their goals. Some Learners may be skilled in grammar, but perhaps lack confidence in speaking or vice-versa. The goal in language learning is to be well-rounded and have a good foundation in your new language.

Aside from speaking, reading :books: is an essential skill when learning a new language.

Often, when a Learner is reading a text, they might find themselves stuck if they do not understand one or two words. Here is where contextual reading ( :mag_right: Context Clues) can be very helpful.

Let’s use the word mischievous (which comes from the root word: Mischief) as our example to highlight the different types of context clues.

  1. Logic: Ron, Harry, and Hermione were always doing things they weren’t supposed to. They were quite mischievous.

  2. Example: Ron and Harry were the only students who did not take the Hogwarts Express (train to school in Harry Potter). They were surely up to something mischievous.

  3. Antonym: Harry is mischievous, but Colin is very well-behaved.

  4. Definition: The three students were constantly sneaking around and causing trouble. They were full of mischief (mischievous).

  5. Synonym: Professor Snape always says that these three students are naughty and disobedient.

Have you guessed it? Mischievous or Mischief means: behaving in a way or describing behavior, that is slightly bad but is not intended to cause serious harm or damage.

As you might have noticed, I like Harry Potter. I created a few of these sentences based on situations from the books. I hope these examples of context clues can help you all in your reading. Whether it be at your job, on vacation, or right here on chatterbug. In any language, reading helps us to learn more words, new phrases, and even grammar that we might not have understood before.

Have a wonderful Saturday,


Ary K :blossom: