International ESOLA1 PRELIMINARY LEVEL SYLLABUSSkills, Topics, Functions, and Grammar
A1 - Preliminary level requirementsSkills, Topics, Functions and Grammar
A1 - Preliminary level requirementsSkills, Topics, Functions and Grammar
The candidate will be able to:follow carefully and slowly articulated speech which contains long pauses and repetition to allow the listener to process the informationfollow short conversations in everyday situations on topics concerning self, family and immediate surroundings, and understand gist, context and the relationship between speakersunderstand very simple questions, statements, accounts, narratives and single-step instructions spoken carefully and slowlyfollow short, simple directions and explanationsidentify the function of short utterances (see Grammar and Functions sections which follow)extract key information from conversations to complete a simple task.
Phonological featureslisten for phonological detail to distinguish between similar words.
Rangeunderstand key grammatical forms used in very common everyday familiar contextsrecognise familiar words and very basic phrases concerning self, family and immediate concrete surroundings.
Understanding gistunderstand the main ideas of short explanations and conversationsidentify speakers, context and topic of short conversations.
Understanding detailextract key words, numbers and spellings from short statements and explanations.
The candidate will be able to:understand very short simple narratives and descriptions, single-step instructions, simple directions, and simple explanations a single phrase at a time with time to re-read for confirmation and/or clarificationrecognise the purposes of short texts where the purpose and intended audience is clearlocate specific information in short textsunderstand viewpoints if made clearly and simply.
Rangeunderstand very familiar names, words and phrases in simple common texts found in everyday life
understand isolated words, short simple phrases and understand grammatical structures that link clauses and help identify time referenceunderstand the meanings conveyed by capital letters and full stops in very simple sentences.
Registerunderstand simple social courtesies.
Text structureunderstand the organisational, lexical and grammatical features of short simple textsrecognise different purposes of simple texts through layout conventions, common signs and symbols.
The candidate will be able to:write to communicate simple information to a sympathetic readercompose simple sentences to communicate ideas or basicinformation about a topic connected to personal information or knowledgewrite a short letter, card, postcard and message using simple phrases and sentences to communicate ideas and basic information about themselves, where they live and what they dowrite very simple descriptions, accounts and routines, single-step instructions and directions in familiar contextsexpress likes, dislikes and preferences in relation to familiar topics.use punctuation and capital letters correctly to show beginnings and ends of sentences, proper nouns, personal pronoun Ispell correctly personal key words and familiar wordsconstruct simple phrases and sentences using only basic grammatical structuresuse a basic range of vocabulary to deal with simple and familiar topics and taskswrite simple sentences on familiar topicswrite a short sequence of simple sentences to form a basic message
The text types candidates at this level will be required to produce are as follows:informal letter informal email messageinformal greetings cardinformal postcard
The extent of each text to be produced by candidates is approximately 30 words.
The candidate will be able to:interact in a simple way provided the other person is prepared to repeat or rephrase things at a slower rate of speechinitiate and respond to simple statements about personal details, in areas of immediate need or on very familiar topicscommunicate in a very limited range of social situations using a basic range of functional languageexchange information to perform a task
describe and explain familiar topics and simple routinesgive single-step instructions and directions in familiar contextsask and answer simple questionsproduce simple phrases to express likes, dislikes and preferences in relation to familiar topicscontribute points to a discussion, provided the other speakers are co-operative.pronounce with sufficient clarity a limited repertoire of words and phrases so they can be understood by a sympathetic listener.display a limited control of very basic grammatical structures.produce simple phrases and sentences to give basic information about and descriptions of familiar people and places, feelings and opinions.cope appropriately, with support from the other person, in a limited range of familiar social situations.manage the conventions of turn taking in very simple interactionsuse a very limited range of connectors to link utterances.
PERSONAL IDENTIFICATIONnameaddressdate and place of birthagesexmarital statusnationalityoriginoccupationfamilylikes and dislikesphysical appearancetitlefirst language
HOUSE AND HOME, ENVIRONMENTaccommodation, roomsfurniture, furnishingservicesamenitiesregionflora and fauna
DAILY LIFEat homeat work
FREE TIME, ENTERTAINMENTleisurehobbies and interestsTV, radio computer etccinema, theatreintellectual pursuitssportspressinternetmusicholidays
TRAVELpublic transportprivate transporttrafficholiday accommodationluggagetravel documentssigns and notices
LANGUAGEforeign language abilityunderstanding, expressionspelling and alphabet
RELATIONS WITH OTHER PEOPLErelationshipscorrespondencebehaviourfriends
HEALTH AND BODYCAREparts of the bodypersonal comforthygieneailments, accidentsmedical services
SHOPPINGshopping facilitiesfoodstuffsclothes, fashionhousehold articlesprices
FOOD AND DRINKtypes of food and drinkeating and drinking out
SERVICESposttelephonebankingpolicehospital, surgerygaragepetrol stationemergency
PLACESasking the way and giving directionslocation
WEATHERobtain information from weather forecastclimate and weather
MEASURES AND SHAPESdigits and cardinal numbers up to 31telephone numbers, processheight, length, weight, capacity, temperaturedates, times, daysshape
PERSONAL ENVIRONMENTasking for and giving personal informationdescribing where one lives (accommodation, area, etc)asking and answering questions for confirmation, information, identificationdescribing familiar people, places and thingscorrecting informationexplaining daily routines.
ExPRESSING THOUGHTS AND FEELINGSexpressing agreement or disagreementstating knowledge or ignorance of something or someonestating and asking about ability or inability to do somethingseeking, granting or denying permissionexpressing wishesexpressing a preferenceexpressing likes and dislikesoffering and accepting an apology.
MAKING THINGS HAPPENresponding to a requestrequesting something or requesting someone to do somethinginviting someone to do somethingaccepting or declining an offer or invitationgiving single-step instructionscounting and using numbers.
SOCIAL CONTACTgetting someones attentiongreeting people and responding to greetingsexpressing thanksaddressing somebodyintroducing oneself, family and close friendsopening, closing a conversationindicating lack of understandingasking someone to clarify somethingasking for and giving the spelling and meaning of wordsasking for and telling people the time, day, datetaking leave.
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