General English A1 course

Minimum entry level: Beginner

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Course description

The General English A1 course is intended for learners with very little English. If you’ve never studied English before, or need to brush up on your skills, our online British teachers will help you improve your Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing skills. You’ll soon begin to understand basic information in English and be able to interact with people from other countries either at work or socially.


Course outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

Grammar – Identify the verb “be” in the Present Simple tense and recognise articles, adjectives and nouns. Identify other verbs, negatives, questions, and short answers in the Present Simple tense as well as some basic imperatives, adverbs and modals at the introductory level

Vocabulary – Match very simple definitions to basic vocabulary words from familiar themes (i.e. family, places, daily activities, colours, food, clothes, body parts)

Listening – Recognise main ideas and details from introductory level listening passages

Speaking/Pronunciation – Cite basic vocabulary words and sounds with correct intonation, construct basic yes/no questions, and state appropriate oral responses to simple questions

Reading/Writing – Identify grammar and content from introductory level reading passages and construct simple sentences in writing using introductory level grammar and vocabulary


Sample syllabus

Describing habits and routines
Giving personal information
Telling the time
Understanding and using numbers
Understanding and using prices

Adjectives: common and demonstrative
Adverbs of frequency
Comparatives and superlatives
How much/how many and very
common uncountable nouns
Past Simple
Possessive adjectives
Prepositions of place
Prepositions of time
Present Continuous
Present Simple

Food and drink
Nationalities and countries
Personal information
Things in the town, shops and shopping
Food and drink
Personal information
Things in the town, shops and shopping
Family life
Hobbies and pastimes
Leisure activities
Work and jobs
Family life
Leisure activities