Level A2 is the basic pre-threshold stage of learning English and the second indicator on the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) scale.
- The learner is able to understand and use commonly used phrases and words in familiar situations and on topics close to his or her own.
- The question and answer structure is based on specific information.
- Moments of the past, present and future are described in simple words and sentences.
- Perception of slow and clear speech.
- Reading short texts containing simple vocabulary.
- Writing short characterization, personal and business letters.
- Understanding the text of advertisements, ads, inscriptions on products.
- This level is not sufficient for an academic education.
At this level there is initial application of the present, past, and future tenses, as well as learning the basic grammar you need to express yourself on certain topics.
The grammatical topics that are studied at this stage: verbs, Present (Simple, Continuous, Perfect), Future Simple, Past Simple, imperative, question sentence structure, index and object pronouns, adjectives, articles, singular and plural nouns, comparative and subordinate adjectives, etc.
The lexical topics that are studied at this stage: me and my family, hobbies, sports, music, movies, household, holidays, work, human characteristics, weather, daily routine, countries/cities/nationalities, travel, shopping, food/drinks, transportation.
At the end of English Level A2 you will be able to:
- read and understand texts of medium complexity (articles, news blogs, reviews) on familiar topics;
- to perceive on hearing clear and unhurried speech of the interlocutor;
- write personally composed sentences using different forms of the verb (letters, essays);
- think through phrases, questions and answers, and communicate about topics directly related to personal and daily life.
Tips for raising the level:
- Try to explore new topics of conversation (interesting places, world events, new hobbies, etc.).
- As you prepare for possible communication, make little cheat sheets or notes to help develop the dialogue.
- Try to use past and future tense verbs more often
- Watch and listen to English-language news and TV shows, and re-watch familiar movies and TV series with subtitles.
- Read articles or blogs on topics that interest you, while highlighting new words.
- Try the parallel reading method (reading two adapted texts, one in English and one in your native language).
- Write, preferably by hand, small texts.
- Find English-speaking foreigners on social networks with whom you can correspond.
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