Practical English Starter is a general English course for A1 level learners that helps improve language skills and boost confidence. It is designed to improve overall English ability with a specific focus on grammar, speaking, listening and reading. Practical English Starter can be used across a range of devices, allowing for seamless mobile study.
Students who have completed Practical English Starter should progress to Practical English 7
Online Learning Practical English Starter
Level: EFR A1
Lesson Duration: Approx. 40 mins
Key Content: Business; Everyday life; Leisure and entertainment; People and relationships; Nature and the environment; Society; Travel and transportation

About Practical English Starter

Practical English Starter is the perfect course for beginners, or those needing to re-learn some of the very basics of English. The course includes a wide range of practical, everyday topics like introducing yourself, numbers, shopping, and transport. Those who are willing to study 2-3 hours a week over several months will see a significant improvement in their level and in international exam test scores.

Each lesson offers varied content and task types and follows a clear and proven learning cycle to build skills systematically.

Building Confidence

The lessons are organized in a cyclical syllabus that allows learners to build their confidence with carefully graded reading and listening texts, moving from easy to more difficult.

Every four lessons, learners get a chance to show what they have learned in a simple role-play activity based on an everyday survival situation. Short, focused pronunciation and speaking exercises allow learners to record their voice, and focus on the stress and intonation of core vocabulary. Students are exposed to a wide range of accents from around the English-speaking world to help prepare them for travel, or to help them progress to a pre-intermediate level of English and further study.

Students who have completed Practical English Starter should progress to Practical English 7.

  • 56 content-rich lessons at A1 level covering a range of topics presenting language in day-to-day situations.
  • A suggested learning path that helps beginner-level students focus on a specific topic and practice grammar, speaking, listening and reading.
  • A wide range of exercise types, with illustrations and photographs, to provide interest and aid comprehension.
  • Material that includes a variety of accents from both English and non-English speaking countries. Detailed feedback on each activity plus a full grammar reference to support learning and review. End-of-lesson tests to measure progress

Lessons follow a systematic Study and Test cycle, and are broken down into short modules. Students can begin a lesson, take a break and simply pick up where they left off. An end-of-lesson test helps consolidate the language learned and provides an immediate benchmark of progress made.

The lesson content of Practical English Starter is customizable to make mini-courses that will fit specific syllabus and program requirements.

  • Vocabulary is presented with visual and audio support, followed by short matching activities.
  • Students are given clear feedback on why a particular answer was right or wrong so they can monitor their own learning.
  • Practice involves using both listening and writing skills to complete a natural, everyday situational dialog.
  • A short test consolidates the material learned in the lesson and is used as benchmark for further learning.

The lesson content of Practical English Starter is customizable to make mini-courses that will fit specific syllabus and program requirements.