Basic English A1: Beginner Level









Montreal from Parc Jean Drapeau (Photo by Clement Guegan, Shutterstock)




Our Basic English Beginner Level (A1) course consists of 20 free online lessons.

We use the Pearson Global Scale of English/GSE to set the learning objectives and related grammar for each lesson. The GSE scores can also be linked to:

  • the Common European Framework of Reference/CEFR Beginner A1 level course  (GSE range of 10-29)



Our program is based on a communications approach with defined competency levels for reading, writing and listening at each level.

Cultural content is utilized in the grammar examples and quizzes in each lesson. You will learn fascinating aspects about the different neighborhoods and districts in Montreal.

Our online English courses make language learning fun as we utilize images with relevant cultural content as much as possible to help you remember.  In fact, our online English course is as easy as learning the A, B, Cs.



Each lesson is organized as follows:

  • Lesson Objectives
  • Dialogue
  • Key Sentences
  • Grammar Tips
  • Visual Vocabulary
  • Listening & Pronunciation Practice
  • New Vocabulary Definitions
  • Idioms
  • Vocabulary Quiz/Crossword Puzzle


BASIC ENGLISH: A1 – Beginner Level

Introduction to the English language

Lesson 1
Introduction to the English language
(alphabet, vowels, consonants)

Lesson 2
The eight parts of speech

Lesson 3
The building blocks of sentences. Subjects and predicates


Talking about you, your family, and friends

Lesson 4
Stating your name. Names of famous Montrealers

Lesson 5
Greetings, small talk, and farewells
(subject pronouns)

Lesson 6
Making introductions

Lesson 7
Talking about the seasons and weather in Montreal
(present progressive tense; making small talk about the weather)

Lesson 8
Stating your country of origin, nationality, and language abilities
(indefinite and definite articles; count and non-count nouns; identifying colors)

Lesson 9
Talking about your family and friends
(family members and relatives)

Lesson 10
Talking about a person’s appearance and clothing

Lesson 11
Talking about accommodation, furniture, and appliances

Lesson 12
Asking for and giving directions

Lesson 13
Stating your phone number and address

Lesson 14
Stating your age

Lesson 15
Telling time

Lesson 16
Specifying dates

Lesson 17
Talking about important life events


Talking about your studies and work

Lesson 18
Describing where and what you are studying

Lesson 19
Talking about your job and place of work

Lesson 20
Talking about the office environment