Learning a new language is not quick. Nor is it simple. It requires time, energy, dedication, practice, and several language courses to get you from beginner to advanced. English is one of the most widely spoken languages worldwide and one of the most complex. According to Grammarly, a new word is added to the English dictionary every two hours. That’s a lot of words to know, learn, and understand. But this is something you don’t need to think about yet. The first step is mastering the basics. Read on and discover what you’ll learn through the Beginner and Elementary level courses in Alison’s English Vertical.

English Language Facts

Before we get started, we thought it’d be interesting to share three short and interesting facts about the English language:

  1. The shortest and most complete sentence in the English language is, “I am.”
  2. The most used English word is “I.” This word is also the oldest in English and was used in ancient medieval texts.
  3. English is known as the “language of the air.” All pilots, regardless of airline or origin, must identify themselves in English when flying.

English Vertical: Beginner

The first level of learning a language is understanding. The Beginner English courses introduce basic (but important) English topics to help increase your language knowledge. Here is what you will learn in the Beginner English Vertical courses:

  • Beginner English 101: This module is ideal for those with no knowledge of the language or those who want to review the basics. It focuses on three parts: pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary. At the end of the module, you’ll be able to have a short conversation.
  • Beginner English 102: The second course pays special attention to personal information. You will learn how to talk about yourself, ask for information and fill out forms.
  • Beginner English 103: This course builds on vocabulary and grammar learned in 102 and teaches you how to ask and give directions.
  • Beginner English 104: In this course, you will learn about the use of adjectives and adverbs and how to talk about possessions.
  • Beginner English 105: Building on 104, you learn words related to time, like days of the week and the months of the year. It also covers ‘prepositions of time’ and ‘what’ or ‘when’ questions relating to time.
  • Beginner English 106: In this course, you will learn about nouns, using the present tense and how to pronounce words.
  • Beginner English 107: This course focuses on grammar rules and sentence rhythm. You will learn about the “wh” questions and vocabulary for chores and activities.
  • Beginner English 108: This course looks at how to apply the prepositions of place, the “s” sound in verbs, and plural nouns and how to form questions.
  • Beginner English 109: The ninth course in the Beginner series helps you read prices and talk about money. It also covers food groups and how to have a conversation in the marketplace.
  • Beginner English 110: This course will teach you how to talk about the weather. It will also focus on the present simple and present continuous tenses.
  • Beginner English 111: This installment will equip you to understand pronunciation and grammar using modal verbs and gerunds. You will also learn that an object pronoun is a personal pronoun that receives the action in a sentence.
  • Beginner English 112: Part twelve of the Beginner level introduces you to past tense, how to use the past tense affirmative, the negative form and includes phrases to discuss past events.
  • Beginner English 113: The final course expands on the knowledge you have gained in the ‘Beginner 101’ to ‘112’ courses. It  teaches contractions, travel vocabulary and the present simple and continuous tenses. 

English Vertical: Elementary

The elementary level is made up of twelve courses that expand on what you learned in the Beginner English courses. Here is what you will learn in each of the courses:

  • Elementary English 201: Welcome to the first course in the Elementary English module. This course reviews the skills you learned in the Beginner English series, builds vocabulary, and develops your grammar skills. It focuses on animals and their habitat and comparative and superlative adjectives.
  • Elementary English 202: The building continues in this course. You will build upon the ‘Beginner’ series and learn skills to explain prepositional phrases and expand your vocabulary related to novels and literature.
  • Elementary English 203: This course takes you shopping and teaches you all you need to know about shopping for electronic devices. You will also learn more about possessive nouns, adjectives, and pronouns.
  • Elementary English 204: This section covers the vocabulary you need to know while visiting a doctor or describing a medical condition.
  • Elementary English 205: In this part of the course, you will use common gestures in English when greeting people and what is good and bad etiquette.
  • Elementary English 206: It’s holiday time. This course explores the terminology for famous landmarks worldwide and provides their location.
  • Elementary English 207: Stay safe while driving and on the road. This course concentrates on this vocabulary. You will also be introduced to present participle and present and past continuous tenses.
  • Elementary English 208: This course takes you home and gives you the tools to talk about cleaning and cleaning products. It also introduces you to phrasal verbs, and at the end of this course, you will know where to place direct objects in a phrasal verb.
  • Elementary English 209: Refresh your memory on previous lessons about articles, countable and uncountable nouns. You will also learn some words related to restaurants and eating out.
  • Elementary English 210: We discuss goals, hopes, and dreams. This course will help you talk about your goals and how to accomplish them.
  • Elementary English 211: This course looks at adverbs and provides the vocabulary you need to discuss diet and exercise.
  • Elementary English 212: The final course teaches you the vocabulary required to discuss natural disasters and how to use ‘zero conditional’ and ‘first conditional’ sentences.

Congratulations! You’ve made it to the end of the series.

Everything you learn in the Beginner and Elementary courses builds a solid foundation you will use when you proceed to the next series of courses. What you learn here will help you understand future topics and make learning easier at each level. There is much more to learn, but you will be well on your way to becoming fluent.

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