Students in this level will have limited or no prior knowledge of English language learning. The focus of this level is to introduce learners to the communicative areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking for daily tasks. This course will help learners develop their confidence and to engage in various settings where English language is practiced.

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

Describe simple aspects of their everyday life in a series of simple sentences, provided they can prepare in advance.
Ask and answer questions about themselves and daily routines.
Exchange likes and dislikes on familiar topics.
Make simple transactions with customer services.
Utilize various questions and phrases to ask for help or clarification.
Recognize and reproduce a few basic pronunciation, stress and intonation patterns.

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

Identify information (e.g., places and times) from short recordings on familiar everyday topics.
Follow information provided in simple conversations to understand meaning.
Demonstrate comprehension of pre-recorded conversations by answering related questions.
Follow classroom instructions and directions.
Answer questions on familiar topics.

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

Understand short texts, recognize words and basic phrases, and reread as required.
Recognize familiar words/signs accompanied by pictures, such as a fast-food restaurant menu illustrated with photos or a picture book using familiar vocabulary.
Demonstrate comprehension of simple written instructions.
Respond to simple texts through a variety of responses.
Recognize the structure of simple sentences and use this in obtaining meaning from texts.

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

Demonstrate understanding of sentence structure through writing short phrases and sentences relevant to familiar topics.
Create descriptive short stories to illustrate familiar scenes.
Utilize connecting devices and transition words to develop further understanding of sentence structure.
Demonstrate understanding of punctuation structures.
Demonstrate knowledge of parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs).

Mode of delivery

The majority of instruction and class time will be spent on-site. In-person delivery will include lectures, workshops, small group work and partner activities. Occasionally, students will attend alternative learning field trips to nearby destinations such as libraries, museums and cultural events to immerse themselves in the English language and apply skills learned in the classroom. Sessions can be divided into reading, writing, listening, and speaking, with skills overlapping when necessary or preferred at the discretion of instructors.


  • Oxford Picture Dictionary Third Edition by Jayme Adelson-Goldstein and Norma Shapiro
  • Oxford Picture Dictionary Low Beginning Workbook Third Edition by Jayme Adelson-Goldstein and Norma Shapiro


Students will need 75% to continue on to Level 2. Students will be assessed on graded completion of formative weekly tasks and assignments assigned at the discretion of their instructor. In addition, there will be two scheduled summative exams students will complete midway through and at the end of term. All exams and assignments are assessed according to rubrics and answer keys. Student attendance and participation will be included in their final grade breakdown.

Attendance and participation20%
Weekly tasks and assignments25%
Midterm Exam10%
Final Exam20%
Written Assessments15%
Speaking Assessments10%