Students in this level will have a beginner’s working knowledge of English to complete basic communicative tasks. Students are able to complete daily tasks that require a basic integration of reading, writing, listening and speaking. This course will help learners move from a beginner’s level to an intermediate level with a focus on structured and unstructured material. Students will begin to link sentences into short paragraphs, listen to longer structured listenings and readings and prepare a structured presentation.

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

Describe simple aspects of their everyday life in a series of simple sentences.
Understand and answer questions and instructions addressed to them.
Understand questions and instructions given by the instructor easily and can provide clarification to classmates.
Form thoughts and opinions in a coherent fashion.
Demonstrate understanding through participation in guided discussions.

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

Understand simple information being explained in a predictable situation.
Understand figures, prices and times provided in an adapted audio recording.
Demonstrate comprehension of specific information in classroom presentations, instructions, etc.
Demonstrate comprehension with a conversation partner to have clear, structured conversations on familiar topics.

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

Understand short texts on subjects of personal interest composed in graded language and supported by illustrations and pictures.
Read various types of texts including informational and graphic texts, such as graphs and letters.
Demonstrate understanding of descriptive language through retelling of short paragraphs or stories based on familiar topics.

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

Plan, revise and proofread short texts for community and academic purposes.
Compose short paragraphs.
Produce draft pieces of writing using models and templates.
Demonstrate comprehension of multiple forms of writing through creation of texts.
Demonstrate ability to plan by creating and implementing pre-writing strategies.

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 3. 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%