Listening for the Main Point


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If you're listening to spoken English and you hear a word you don't know, what should you do?

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Which of the following is a clue that the speaker is making an important point?

A. He starts talking more loudly.

B. He starts talking more slowly.

C. He is repeating something he already said.


Consider the following passage:

Dogs might be 'man's best friend,' but I'd rather have a cat. Cats are so clean, and they're so quiet that you can even keep them in a little apartment without a lot of fuss. And they have that feline grace. I love just sitting and watching a cat move around. It's a pleasure to live with a cat.

What is the topic of this passage?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will help you quickly assess your understanding of listening for the main point, an important skill for conversation and when reading. You will be quizzed on how to find the main point of a passage or when talking.

Quiz Worksheet & Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Things to listen for to identify a main point
  • Identifying the topic of a written passage
  • Using key words to determine the main topic of a passage

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow students to test the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as word chains and main point
  • Making connections - understand how listening for the repetition of key words can help identify the main point
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about listening for the main point

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, further review the lesson called Listening for the Main Point for the following objectives:

  • Pay attention to the beginning and end of a conversation to determine the main point
  • Tell when word chains are most useful to finding the main point
  • Listen for phrases that signal a recap of important points
  • Understand the significance of listening to the sound of a speaker's voice as well as the words