The A1 level is considered to be the initial stage in learning English and the first indicator on the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) scale.
- The learner can read a simple and short text and understand its approximate meaning.
- To translate sentences verbatim and memorize new words, you need to consult a dictionary or translator.
- Listening perception is very superficial.
- Attention only clings to familiar words.
- Speech is slow and slurred.
- There are difficulties in the differences in the English tenses.
- Skills are limited to basic school knowledge.
At this level there is an introduction to the alphabet, basic vocabulary, correct pronunciation and the transcription structure of individual words.
The grammatical topics that are studied at this stage: basic verbs, articles, index pronouns, singular and plural nouns, adjectives, prepositions of place, the concept of Present, Past, Future Simple, Present Continuous, word order in questions and types of questions, etc.
The lexical topics that are studied at this stage: self-presentation, getting to know your family and friends, numbers, colors, animals, household items, items of clothing, names of countries, food/drinks, professions, hobbies, weather, months, basic travel phrases, shopping, money.
At the end of the English A1 level you will be able to:
- learn to pronounce sounds and words correctly;
- form sentences, ask and answer simple questions;
- master the basic skills of writing and reading simple texts;
- understand intelligible English speech and understand the meaning of some phrases on topics that you are familiar with.
Tips for raising the level:
- Play English-language games adapted to your native language, such as Alias. You won’t even know how to memorize unfamiliar words. It will also be interesting and fun.
- Download any entry-level app. You’re sure to find basic phrases and new vocabulary there.
- Write unfamiliar and difficult words on cards or post-its and keep them wherever you can see them.
- Read children’s stories, watch familiar movies/series, and listen to tracks by your favorite artists with subtitles.
- Try to compose more complex sentences with the new vocabulary.
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