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Exercise 6 - Towards academic reading
Assumptions are beliefs about what is true. Sometimes writers don't state their beliefs directly. These unstated beliefs are like "missing pieces" that “bridge” between the facts and the writers' conclusions.

Identifying assumptions will help you decide whether or not you accept the writers' conclusions.

Students are expected to think critically about what they read. This means that you should try to figure out which assumptions or beliefs led to the writers' conclusions.

When you read, always ask yourself:

What are the hidden assumptions behind the writer’s conclusions and opinions?
Are these assumptions based on enough strong evidence?
Read the text below. Then identify the assumptions behind the writer’s conclusions.
Last year the number of people who went to fitness clubs declined by 15% percent.
(Writer gives a fact.)

This decline in the number of people who went to fitness clubs shows that fewer people care about how fit they are.(Writer's conclusion).
Here are some assumptions about fitness clubs. Two assumptions are not correct - they lead the writer from a fact (15% decline)to an incorrect conclusion about what a 15% decline means.

Click on the 2 incorrect assumptions.

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