General
& Business English
- CEFR Level A1

Grammar

  1. To be
  2. To have
  3. Present simple
  4. Present progressive (for actions in progress now)
  5. Past simple
  6. Future (present progressive for arrangements, “going to” for intentions and predicting the future based on present evidence, will for decisions taken at that moment)
  7. Can (ability/permission) / could (permission or request)
  8. Must* / mustn’t*
  9. Would like (I’d, you’d etc.)
  1. Prepositions of place
  2. Prepositions of movement
  3. Prepositions of time
  4. Have got
  5. Definite and indefinite article, zero article
  6. Possessive adjectives and pronouns
  7. Demonstrative adjectives
  8. Personal pronouns (subject)
  9. Personal pronouns (object)
  10. Plurals (regular, irregular)
  11. There is/there are
  12. Some/any
  13. Countable/uncountable nouns
  14. Possessive “s” (Peter’s house)
  1. Much/many/a lot of
  2. Like / love / enjoy / hate + -ing
  3. Frequency adverbs
  4. Comparatives and superlatives
  5. Imperatives
  6. Impersonal use of ‘you’*
  7. Basic adverbs (slowly / quickly, etc.) *
  8. Good / well*
  9. And, but, or
  10. Present time expressions: every day, on Mondays, now, at the moment, in this period
  11. Past time expressions: ago, in the 80s, last Monday, yesterday, yesterday evening / last night etc.

Vocabulary

  1. Alphabet, numbers and colors
  2. Countries and nationalities
  3. Jobs
  4. Days of the week, months and seasons
  5. Classroom language
  6. Office vocabulary
  7. Rooms and furniture
  8. Parts of the body
  1. Family members
  2. Clothes
  3. Appearance and
  4. personality
  5. Food and drink
  6. Music, sports, hobbies
  7. Means of transport
  8. Time
  9. Weather
  1. Holidays and travel
  2. Health/illnesses
  3. Places
  4. Shops
  5. Personal routine
  6. Everyday objects (identity card, driving license, tissues, matches, etc.)

Functions

  1. Introducing yourself and asking questions about others
  2. Greeting people / meeting people
  3. Asking and saying what people do
  4. Describing people’s appearance and character
  5. Asking for and giving personal details: age, height, etc.
  6. Describing a place
  7. Describing a photo
  8. Asking for information
  9. Asking and saying how much things are
  10. Ordering a meal
  11. Asking for and telling the time
  1. Asking and telling the day / date
  2. Talking about people’s homes
  3. Talking about likes and dislikes
  4. Talking about routine activities
  5. Talking about the weather
  6. Talking about ability and skills
  7. Talking about one’s health
  8. Talking about the future: arrangements Asking and saying how often
  9. Asking for and giving directions
  10. Asking and saying what is happening
  11. Asking and saying what people are wearing/doing
  12. Asking and saying what people usually wear/do
  1. Asking and saying how you feel
  2. Describing objects and giving information (shape, size, weight, colour, purpose)
  3. Talking about the past
  4. Making comparisons
  5. Expressing preferences and giving opinions (like / don’t like / I think)
  6. Asking for permission
  7. Talking about one’s holidays
  8. Basic telephone language
  9. Writing a postcard
  10. Recognition and interpretation of simple notices and instructions
  11. Filling in of simple forms, e.g. boarding cards

Useful Expressions

  1. Anything else?
  2. Give (me) a hand
  3. Give (me) a lift
  4. Let’s go!
  5. What is X like? / What was X like?
  6. What’s on (at the cinema/on television)?
  7. To be + adjective (cold / hot / thirsty / hungry / right / wrong)
  8. To be afraid of
  9. To be asleep
  10. To be away
  11. To be busy
  1. To be (at) home
  2. To be interested in
  3. To have a bath / shower / a break / a rest / a good journey / a holiday, etc.
  4. To have a good time / a good holiday, etc.
  5. To have flu / a cold / a cough / a temperature / stomach-ache / toothache / a headache / backache / a sore throat
  6. How long does it take ….?
  7. To have (breakfast / lunch / dinner, a snack, etc.)
  1. To be well / ill
  2. To be in a hurry
  3. To be late / early / on time
  4. To be out / in
  5. See you on ….
  6. Here you are!
  7. Hurry up!
  8. To get a fine
  9. Take part in
  10. Spend (time) + ing
  11. I think so / I don’t think so
  12. I’m afraid (sorry)
  13. See you …

pHRASAL vERBS

  1. Ask for
  2. Call back
  3. Get up
  4. Get in/out of (car)
  5. Get on/off (bus, etc.)
  6. Go out with
  7. Hold on
  1. Pay (somebody) for
  2. Wake up
  3. Turn on/of; Switch on/off
  4. Put on /take off (clothes)
  5. Take off (plane)
  6. Try on (clothes)
  1. Look at
  2. Look for
  3. Look after
  4. Wait for
  5. Wake up
  6. Fill in

+ helping you build a strong vocabulary from the following range of topics

  1. Compound adjectives:
  2. Verbs forming -ing and -ed adjectives:
  3. Describing character:
  4. Describing appearance: 
  5. General adjectives:
  1. Word partners (collocations):
  2. Television language:
  3. Cinema language:
  4. Adjectives describing films:
  5. Work language: 
  1. Describing food:
  2. ‘Social’ expressions:
  3. Prepositional phrases and prepositions to be used with nouns, verbs and adjectives: