Basic 1
High quality ESL instruction to non-native speakers of English


This course helps students develop English language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing for everyday situations. The class is taught using a student-centered communicative approach to English language learning. The total time of the course is 216 hours.


Class schedule TBD

Length of Study

12 Weeks (216 Hours)

Course Code

Reading & Writing (RW101)
Listening & Speaking (C101)

Relevant Level

Low Beginning


This course focuses on basic English including lecture, vocabulary and grammar practice, and an expectation of participation every class session. Students read short texts, write about various topics introduced in class. Also, students practice listening skills through various types of audios. In addition, students discuss and present information to their classmates. The core competencies of reading, writing, listening, and speaking will be given equal importance.


Students will …


- Read several text types such as:

  • Magazine articles
  • Articles from a textbook
  • Webposts.
  • Emails
  • Newspaper articles
  • Blog Post
  • The feature article
  • Article from a news magazine


- Find information and ideas to write about different topics such as:

  • Personality
  • Appearance
  • Interest
  • School
  • People at a celebration
  • Food at a celebration
  • Activities at a celebration
  • How to have fun with friends
  • Favorite building
  • How to change an unhealthy habit
  • Living in a different country or place
  • How technology can help people


-Listen to a various types of audio such as:

  • Radio program
  • Podcast
  • Class discussion
  • Conversation
  • Town meeting
  • Classroom lecture


- Use information and ideas to

  • Interview a classmate. Then introduce him or her to the class.
  • Give a presentation about a perfect school.
  • Design a survey and interview a classmate.
  • Have a group discussion about fun places in the area.
  • Design a perfect home.
  • Make a health survey and discuss it with a partner.
  • Give a presentation about where you want to travel.
  • Give a presentation about how a classmate uses technology.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of Basic I level, students will be able to

  • Identify topic and main ideas of short text.
  • Scan for names, dates, and times.
  • Identify pronoun references.
  • Write simple sentences.
  • Edit writing for capitalization and punctuation.
  • Capitalize proper nouns correctly.
  • Use correct subject-verb agreement in different types of sentences.
  • Write simple and compound sentences with and.
  • dentify examples.
  • Identify the speaker's reasons.
  • Identify the speaker's opinions.
  • Identify frequency words and expressions.
  • Give your opinion.
  • Agree and disagree.
  • Ask for repetition.
  • Use open questions.
  • Pronounce simple present third-person -s/ -es.
  • Stress important words in sentences.
  • Reduce the pronouns he, him, her, and them.
  • Pronounce -ed ending, compound nouns, and numbers with -teen and -ty correctly.
  • Use descriptive adjectives in sentences correctly.
  • Use verb + noun collocations correctly.
  • Use collocations for hobbies and interests in sentences correctly.
  • Use antonyms in sentences correctly.
  • Use prefixes and suffixes correctly.
  • Use collocations with do, play, and go in sentences correctly.
  • Use compound nouns in sentences correctly.
  • Use phrases “get” in sentences correctly.
  • Use the present of be and simple present affirmative statements and questions correctly.
  • Use adjectives, adverbs and adverbs + adjectives in sentences correctly.
  • Use subject and object pronouns correctly.
  • Use prepositions of location in sentences correctly.
  • Use modals can, could, and should correctly.
  • Use the past of be and the simple past in affirmative statements correctly.
  • Use the simple past with regular and irregular verbs correctly.
  • Use verbs + gerunds or infinitives correctly.