English for Life and Work-Elementary (A2)

This is a general English course for students at A2 level who want to build their language skills and gain greater confidence in understanding and using everyday language.  The course will help you build your knowledge of English and get a better idea of how the language works. There is an equal focus on grammar and vocabulary.

This course will help you:

  • Become more confident at using new language to listen and talk in basic terms about the real world.
  • Develop basic grammar awareness and accuracy about the past, present and future.
  • Learn vocabulary to talk in everyday and familiar contexts and look at some common vocabulary-building techniques.
  • Use bottom up processing skills to develop listening and reading.

Which book will I use?  What special features does the book have?

The course uses a book called Navigate (Oxford). It is divided into 12 units. Each unit has two main input sections that cover grammar, vocabulary and four skills. Section three and four cover vocabulary and skills development for everyday situations matched to their CEFR level. An important feature of the book is the inclusion of documentary videos and Vox pops with authentic interviews of people discussing topics in the coursebook. This is aimed at helping students enhance their four skills by using authentic materials. Each unit ends with a review page to revise key language and skills. At the back of the book there is a useful grammar reference and practice exercises to help review. Navigate has been based on the Oxford 3000 to ensure that learners are only covering the most relevant vocabulary.

Elementary A (Units 1-3) Elementary B (Units 4-6)
Topics – Your world, My day, The world of work

Vocabulary– countries, nationalities and languages, family, regular and irregular plural nouns, daily activities, telling time, verb + preposition, jobs, work, –er suffix.

Language- present simple to be, possessive determiners, possessive ‘s, present simple positive, adverbs of frequency, present simple negative, yes/no questions, Wh– questions.

Skills development- Listening to positive and negative contractions, asking for personal information and checking you understand, writing a personal profile, understanding conjunctions in reading, making suggestions and arrangements in speaking, writing a description about where you live, making requests, opening and closing an email.

Topics – Places and things, Clothes and shopping, The past

Vocabulary – places in a town, rooms, furniture, and prepositions of place, opposite adjectives, shopping, clothes and accessories, adjectives and adverbs, time expressions, common regular verb collocations, adverbs of degree.

Language – there is/there are, articles a/an, the, can/can’t/could/couldn’t, present continuous, present continuous and present simple, was and were, past simple regular verbs.

Skills development- pronoun referencing in reading, asking for and giving directions, imperatives, understanding similar vowel sounds in listening, speaking in a shop, writing a product over view, understanding present simple and past simple verbs n listening, showing interest as a listener in speaking, write a tweet or text messages.


Elementary C (Units7-9) Elementary D (Units 10-12)
Topics – Health and fitness, Travel and transport, Cooking and eating

Vocabulary – a healthy lifestyle, sports and fitness, easily confused words, tasking about holidays, transport, expressions with get, take and have, food and drink, in the kitchen, say numbers.

Language –past simple irregular verbs, past simple negative, past simple questions, should/shouldn’t/have to/don’t have to, countable and uncountable nouns, quantifiers.

Skills development- time sequencers in reading, expressing opinions, agreeing and disagreeing in speaking, post a website comment, listening to present simple and past simple questions, speaking at a train station, write an email about a perfect holiday, listening and understanding numbers, writing to ask about and recommend a place, speak in a restaurant.

Topics – The world around us, Working together, Culture and arts

Vocabulary – the weather, nature and geography, adjectives + noun collocations, verb + noun collocations, technology, making adjectives stronger, verb + noun phrases, films, past participles.

Language – comparatives, superlatives, going to, infinitives of purpose, present perfect simple, present perfect and past simple.

Skills development- understanding comparison, speaking about reasons and preferences, writing about describing places, finding the meaning of unknown words, writing a notice, offering to do something, listening to past simple and present perfect verb forms, speaking on the phone, writing a review.

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