What is an Explanation?
Try this task to understand more about Explanations.
Listen to the discussion between a student (S) and a lecturer (L) and use the words given to fill in the blanks. You can listen to the recording above as many times as you want and you can pause it if you need more time to put the answers into the spaces.
S: Can you tell me what explanations are, please?
L: Well, an explanation involves describing something. Something in general like the eye or a tsunami or a piece of equipment. And then explaining how it works.
S: Oh, so you don't have to choose which the best one is.
L: No, you sort of have to explain how it works, and then describe its significance, say what value it has.
S: Oh, I see. So it's a bit like what you find in a textbook.
L: Yes, very much so. Or an encyclopedia sometimes.
S: OK, thanks.