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Beginning English Basics

The following sections have been provided to help beginning students learn English. The English and exercises used are very simple so that you or your ESL/EFL students can easily understand the information presented.

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Short Reading Comprehension

These short reading comprehension passages are followed by a short comprehension quiz. The first four are about typical desks for different types of workers.

My Office
A Secretary's Desk
A Manager's Desk
A Shop Worker's Desk

Dialogues for Beginners
For use in your classes, or for learning basic vocabulary for specific situations, these dialogues provide a base on which to build.

Beginner Grammar Review - 1
Try this "grammar banging" as a review for beginners of many of the most important points in beginning English.

Beginner Grammar Review - 2
Try this "grammar banging" as a review for beginners of many of the most important points in beginning English.

Beginner Grammar Review - 3
Try this "grammar banging" as a review for beginners of many of the most important points in beginning English.

Beginner Grammar Review - 4
Try this "grammar banging" as a review for beginners of many of the most important points in beginning English.

Comparative and Superlatives
"Boston is more exciting than Philadelphia. New York is the most exciting city in the USA, but Seattle is the best in my opinion." Learn about comparing people, places and things using the comparative and superlative forms.

Asking for Help in Class
Phrases used for asking for help, spelling, repeating, apologizing, and more. Learn these phrases and use them often!

Absolute Beginner Exercises - 20 Point Program
A new set of resources, designed especially for teaching 'Absolute Beginners'. The exercises are meant to be taught in order to progressively build skills that ESL students will need to communicate the basic necessities of everyday life in an English speaking environment.

Beginner Course

This is a free online learning course for English beginners.

Unit 1 - Building Blocks
The verb 'to be', numbers and the alphabet. Learn all the information on the following pages to make a strong start learning English.

Unit 2 - Family, Time, Prices and the IPA
The second unit uses what you learned in the last unit and builds on it. Learn how to talk about your family (the verb 'to be' and possessive pronouns), continue to work on your number skills (telling the time and a listening exercise about prices) and learn the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) to improve your pronunciation.

Unit 3 - Simple Present, Countable and Uncountable, This, That, These and Those, Some and Any
The third unit introduces the simple present. We use the simple present to talk about what we do every day. The focus of this lesson is on the singular and plural forms of nouns. This includes the use of countable and uncountable nouns, this, that, these and those, and the use of 'some' and 'any' words.

Unit 4 - Present Progressive, Adjectives, Prepositions Listening Exercises
The fourth unit introduces the present progressive, important adjectives and prepositions. We use the present progressive to talk about what we are doing at the moment. Adjectives describe a noun - Example: a big man. Prepositions are used to describe position and relationships - Example: I live in Italy, He works at an office, etc.The unit finishes with some listening exercises. Listen to people giving basic personal information such as their names, addresses, telephone numbers, etc.

Unit 5 - Past Forms, 'A' 'An' and 'The', Listening Comprehension
The fifth unit concerns past forms for the verb 'to be' and other basic regular and irregular verbs. The proper use of 'a', 'an' and 'the' is also presented. Finally, the unit finishes with a listening comprehension concerning a man and a woman ordering food in a restaurant.

Unit 6 - Usage of 'in' / 'at' / 'on' , Adverbs
The sixth unit focuses on the correct usage of the prepositions 'in', 'at', and 'on' for place, movement, position, time and date. These prepositions are reviewed on grammar pages and then followed by a quiz. The unit also takes a look at the correct formation of adverbs.

Unit 7 - Future with Will, The Weather, Listening Comprehension Practice
The seventh unit focuses on the future while learning about the weather and related vocabulary. The unit finishes with some challenging listening comprehension quizzes.

Unit 8 - Review What You Have Learned, Ordering Food in a Restaurant
This unit uses a short test to review a number of things you have learned. If you make a mistake, you can click on the button to review the grammar. The unit ends with a trip to the restaurant and learning to order food.

Countries, Nationalities and Languages
Chart showing many of the world's countries, nationalities and the languages they speak including pronunciation sound files.

The Future with Will
Learn the structure and use of the future with 'will'.

in / at / on - prepositions of place
Study the use of these prepositions to express the position of objects.

in / at / on - prepositions of place - quiz
Test your understanding of these prepositions to express the position of objects.

in / at / on - prepositions of place and movement
Study the use of these prepositions to express movement and position in a city or country.

in / at / on - prepositions of place and movement - quiz
Test your understanding of these prepositions to express movement and position in a city or country.

in / at / on - prepositions of time and date
Study the use of these prepositions to express when something happens.

in / at / on - prepositions of time and date - quiz
Test your understanding of these prepositions to express when something happens.

for / while / during
Study the use of these prepositions to express when something happens during another activity.

for / while / during - quiz
Test your understanding of these prepositions to express when something happens during another activity.

Adjectives
Guide to using adjectives (Example: a tall building) and learning quiz to help you learn the most important adjectives.

Adverbs
The basic rules for using adverbs in English.

Singular and Plural
How to form the singular and plural forms in English, including important exceptions to the rules.

ABC's Song
Learn the ABC's by singing along with this popular ABC song!

Spelling Quiz
Take this quiz to practice your spelling skills.

'To Be' Quiz
Test your understanding of the verb 'to be' with this quiz.

Understanding Numbers
Listening quiz to test your understanding of numbers

What are you doing?
Learn the basic rules for using the present continuous (progressive) form - especially for beginners.

What did you do last weekend?
Learn the basics of the simple past including regular and irregular verbs.

Beginner Review
Get the most out of this beginners' section. Review the beginner grammar by answering the questions then check your answers by clicking on the "Check" button. If you make a mistake you will be told and can click on the button to take you to the proper beginner review page!

How Much Does It Cost?
Listen to two people speaking about different objects and write down the price of each object. When you have finished, click on the arrow to see if you have answered correctly.

Making a Dinner Reservation
Listen to a man making a dinner reservation and choose from the multiple choice answers the best answer to the questions.

Listening: A Survey
Listen to a man asking a woman questions for a survey and take note of her answers.

Listening: Making Plans
Listen to John, Sue and Mary deciding what to do this evening. Choose the correct answer from the multiple choice questions.

Listening: Filling in a Form
Listen to a woman giving information about herself and write down the necessary information.

What will the weather be like?
Using the future with will to predict the weather.

It was rainy and cold.
Learn weather vocabulary forms.

How many apples do you have?
Countable and uncountable nouns with "a, an, some", as well as questions with "How much...?" and "How many ...?".

How many peoples?!
Take this quiz on singular, plural, countable and uncountable nouns.

Hello! My name is Ken
Basic questions and conversations using the verb "to be".

Where were you yesterday?
The simple past form of the verb "to be".

My Family
Vocabulary used to describe people in your family including possessive pronouns (my, your, his, etc.)

What do you do every day?
Basic questions and conversations using the simple present to talk about what you do every day.

Janet was born on the 12th of January in Boston at 6.15 p.m. ...
Prepositions of time and place - at, in, on and to.

That is my bag over there.
Use of this, that, these, those, here and there.

What time is it? It's quarter to three.
Telling time in English.

Telling the Time
What time is it? Listen and see if you can understand.

Are there any apples?
Use of "some" and "any" - and "some" and "any" words such as something, anywhere, somebody, etc.

I'd like a ham sandwich
How to order food in a restaurant, including food vocabulary.

Ordering Food in a Restaurant
What do the man and woman order at the restaurant? Do this listening comprehension to find out!

"A - An" and "The"
Use of "A - An" and "The"

ABCs
Listen to the correct pronunciation of the ABCs and do a quiz.

Numbers
Listening and spelling guide to correct number pronunciation.

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