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Listening Lesson Based On Conclusions

Upper level listening tasks often depend on the student's ability to make assumptions and conclusions based on a listening comprehension selection. This lesson focuses solely on some of the most common forms of this task, it includes example exercises with RealAudio streaming audio which can be used in class - or used as models on which to base further exercises.

Aim: Making conclusions based on what student's hear

Activity: Awareness raising concerning some of the most common forms of statements on which assumptions or conclusions are based followed by two listening exercises

Level: Upper-intermediate to advanced


  • Introduce exercise by asking students to make conclusions based on the sentences on the worksheet.
  • Call attention to the fact that certain types of formulations are especially useful for showing the relationship between situations on which assumptions and conclusions are based. These include: conditional sentences, paired conjunctions, confusing phrasal verbs, time clauses and slight changes in verb conjungation, non-committal verbs, etc.
  • Ask students to take another look at the example sentences and identify the type of formulation.
  • Give students the first set of listening assumption questions and play the first exercise (RealAudio from the Internet, or sentences read aloud by the teacher).
  • Correct exercise in class.
  • Give students the second set of listening assumption questions and play the first exercise (RealAudio from the Internet, or sentences read aloud by the teacher).
  • Correct exercise in class.
  • Arrange students in small groups of four to five and ask them to create their own sentences and questions based on the exercises.
  • Have students from different groups pair up and read their questions aloud to their partners - asking them to make conclusions based on what they hear.
Making Conclusions and Assumptions Based on What You Hear

Make assumptions and conclusions based on the following sentences

  • As I knew that the entrance fee was expensive, I managed to lower it considerably.
  • Since finishing his Thesis, he has been enjoying a little time off.
  • All I know is that I will have to put up with the exam preparation.
  • Before talking to Jack, she had had problems understanding the concept.
  • Difficult times ahead worried everybody as, up till that point in time, there had been relatively few problems.
  • You will find that his ideas are rather unconventional.
English Listening Quizzes: Conclusions

Choose the correct conclusion based on what you hear. You will hear each of the 10 sentences. Once they have all been read you will hear the 10 sentences a second time.

  1. Did he
  2. A) already understand the problem when he spoke to her? B) not understand the problem when he spoke to her?
  3. Was I
  4. A) surprised by how kind the Germans were? B) shocked by how rude they were?
  5. Did Alice
  6. A) have someone clean house for her? B) clean the house herself?
  7. Has he taken a job?
  8. A) yes B) no )c maybe
  9. Someone with a score of 55 usually ...
  10. A) doesn't pass the test. B) passes the test.
  11. The weather two days ago was probably ...
  12. A) stormy B) sunny
  13. The settlers brought ...
  14. A) valuable gifts. B) cheap objects.
  15. Which statement is true?
  16. A) I am certain I am going to leave. B) I might leave C) I probably will leave
  17. What will I do when I finish dinner?
  18. A) pay for dinner B) ask my friend to pay for me C) put the bill on my credit card
  19. Did Jack when the prize?
  20. A) no B) yes

  1. How did he do on the test?
  2. A) Well B)Average C) Badly
  3. What is the best recipe for success?
  4. A) Work hard B) Be intuitive C) Make important contacts
  5. Why did they not go to the store?
  6. A) They got lost. B) They didn't want to go. C) They didn't have enough time.
  7. In which case would an agreement be possible?
  8. A) If he improves his offer B) If he changes his mind. C) If they accept his offer.
  9. What must you finish before you go out tonight?
  10. A) Homework B) Housework C) Dinner
  11. In which case will I not accompany you?
  12. A) If Rob doesn't come. B) If Rob comes. C) If you are robbed.
  13. Why was it not a good idea to go to Rome?
  14. A) Because the flight was too expensive. B) Because costs in Rome were too expensive. C) Because Rome is a dirty city.
  15. Which sport does he enjoy?
  16. A) Tennis B) Chess C) Both
  17. What could change the improving value of stocks?
  18. A) a low inflation rate B) a very high inflation rate C) the value of the dollar
  19. Are you sure of the outcome in this situation?
  20. A) No B) Yes C) Maybe

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