A1.1 – A1.2 – A1.3 – A1.4


Upon completion of Level A1, students can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of specific needs.

When listening to a conversation, they can understand words and short sentences, provided that people speak very slowly and very clearly.


Comprehension: Listening and reading

  • They will recognize names, words, times, dates, numbers, prices and phrases they know and use them to understand very simple sentences. When listening to a conversation, they can understand words and short sentences.
  • They can answer simple questions, react to news and respond to simple statements on very familiar topics (e.g., family, student life).
  • They can understand figures and times given in clear announcements, for example at a railway station, or simple directions how to get from X to Y, on foot or by public transport.
  • They can answer the phone, give their name and answer simple questions, for example “When is Carlo back?”.
  • They can understand words and phrases on everyday signs (for example “station”, “car park”, “no parking”, “no smoking”, “keep left”).
  • In everyday situations they can understand simple messages written by friends or colleagues, also simple forms well enough to give basic personal details, for example a hotel registration form.



Production: Speaking and writing

  • Students who have successfully completed all A1 levels can establish contact with people using a very basic repertoire of words and simple phrases about family, personal details, and simple everyday situations.
  • They can use basic greeting and leave taking expressions, ask how people are, where they live, people they know, things they have, etc. and answer politely such questions to introduce themselves. They can say their name, where they come from, what they do and give personal information like address, telephone number, nationality, age, family, and hobbies. They can describe simply where they live and who the members of their family are, how old they are and what they do at home, at work, in their free time. Students will be able to express what they like or don’t like about sports, music, school, colors, and use simple words to describe something (for example its size, shape or color).
  • They can use memorized, short phrases for specific purposes with reasonable accuracy and join phrases with words like “and” “but”, or “because” “then”.
  • They can buy things in shops where pointing or other gestures can support the conversation and can use and understand simple numbers in prices or telephone.
  • They can answer the phone and answer very simple questions such as “When is Carlo back?” or “Do you know where I can reach him?”
  • They can write about their everyday life in very basic sentences (people, places, job, school, family, hobbies, etc.). They can also write greeting cards, for example a birthday card.


Main A1 grammar points:

  • Pronunciation rules
  • Nouns: gender and number, regular and irregular
  • Definite and indefinite articles
  • Adjectives
  • Present tens of all regular and most frequent irregular verbs
  • Pronouns: subject, object, possessive, reflexive, of place, partitive
  • Prepositions: simple and compound
  • Simple past – part one
  • Impersonal construction