basic english course
course plan

You can access each unit or evaluation test in this course by clicking on the numbers below.

basic elementary level

The Alphabet. How to spell your name. Possessive adjectives (singular). Present of verb “to be” (positive, interrogative and negative). Cardinal numbers from 0 to 10. Demonstrative pronouns (singular). Indefinite articles (singular). Greetings. Titles. Dialogue: Is this your book? Suggested links: Possessive; Verb; Personal pronouns; Cardinal and ordinal numbers; Telephone numbers; Demonstrative; Articles; 60 greetings and expressions; More common expressions; 80 River Plate common expressions (Argentina and Uruguay). WMA audio files: 1 to 9. Activities: 1 to 6 (all the answers online).

Questions and short answers with “to be”. Glossary: Things people carry. Plurals: spelling and pronunciation. Demonstrative pronouns (plural). Indefinite articles (plural). Possessive adjectives (plural). Possessive case. Possessive questions. Pronunciation of possessive ‘s. Definite article. Prepositions of place. Dialogues: Is this your umbrella?; Where’s the remote control? Suggested links: Stress; Possessive or genitive case; Possessive adjectives; Prepositions; List of English prepositions. WMA audio files: 10 to 16. Activities: 7 to 11 (all the answers online).

Statements with “to be + from”. Questions and short answers with “to be”. Glossary: Countries and nationalities. Dialogues: This newspaper is in Spanish; Where are you from, Laura?; Where are you from, Mark? Suggested links: Countries and nationalities. WMA audio files: 17 to 23. Activities: 12 to 14 (all the answers online).

Introducing yourself. Introducing someone. Glossary: Colors. Clothes and accessories. Cardinal numbers from 11 to 103. Temperatures. Suggested links: Cardinal and ordinal numbers; Colors and tones. WMA audio files: 24 to 28. Activities: 15 to 16 (all the answers online).

Verbs and infinitive. Verbal chart (infinitive). Present Continuous or Progressive. ING gerund. The four seasons. The weather. “What’s … like?” structure. Weather reports. Dialogue: What’s the matter, Susan? Suggested links: Weather conditions. WMA audio files: 29 to 33. Activities: 17 to 20 (all the answers online).

(UNITS 1 TO 5)
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Verbs and infinitive. Revision of Present Continuous. WH words. The time. Telling the time (accessories). The time in British and American English. Dialogue: What are you doing in Australia? Suggested links: Regular verb list; Irregular verb list; Interrogative pronouns; The time and watches; Periods of time; Telephoning. WMA audio files: 34 to 37. Activities: 21 to 22 (all the answers online).

Present Continuous: “What + doing?” structure. Listening comprehension activity. Rising and falling intonation. Reading comprehension activity. Dialogue: I’m staying in bed. Suggested links: 60 Greetings and common expressions. WMA audio files: 38 to 48. Activities: 23 to 24 (all the answers online).

Simple Present. Third person singular: spelling and pronunciation. Glossary: Family relationships. Periods of time: Days of the week. Glossary: Public and private transportation. Prepositions used with means of transportation. Statements and questions in Simple Present.  Dialogue: My car isn’t working. Suggested links: The verb; Family relationships; Periods of time; Means of transportation; At the repair shop; Parts of a car. WMA audio files: 49 to 58. Activities: 25 to 27 (all the answers online).

Listening comprehension: Seven people talk about their family. Reading comprehension: What’s your work schedule? Simple Present: Questions with short answers. Glossary: A suburban house. Activity: An uncomplete conversation. There is – There are. Pronunciation: TH. Dialogues: What time do you get up?; I have a new apartment; I need some furniture. Suggested links: Having breakfast; Areas of a house. WMA audio files: 59 to 74. Activities: 28 to 33 (all the answers online).

Glossary: Four rooms (living room, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom). Glossary: Jobs and professions. Present Simple: questions. Pronunciation: Falling intonation. Adjectives: BE + ADJECTIVE and ADJECTIVE + NOUN structures. Opposites. Reading comprehension: What’s her job or profession? Dialogues: He’s looking for a new job; It’s an exciting job. Suggested links: The living room; The dining room; Kitchenware; Kitchen equipment; The bedroom; The bathroom; Jobs, occupations and careers; Qualifying adjectives; 40 qualifying adjectives with opposites. WMA audio files: 75 to 84. Activities: 34 to 37 (all the answers online).

(UNITS 6 TO 10)
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low intermediate level

Glossary: Basic foods. Countable vs uncountable. Stress. Use of some and any (questions and affirmative/negative statements). Frequency adverbs. Dialogues: The barbecue; I don’t often eat fish. Suggested links: Assorted food; Fruits; Vegetables and greens; Pasta; Cheese; Meats and roast; Game and poultry; Fish and seafood; Soups; Eggs; Herbs and spices; Desserts and sorbets; Drinks. WMA audio files: 85 to 93. Activities: 38 to 44 (all the answers online).

Listening comprehension: The hamburger. Verb CAN (abilities). Pronunciation: CAN-CAN’T. Glossary: Sports. BE GOOD AT/KNOW HOW TO structures. Dialogues: Let’s go to the pool; She’s good at languages. Suggested links: Simple modals; The sports; Sports competitions; The gym. WMA audio files: 94 to 106. Activities: 45 to 48 (all the answers online).

Reading comprehension: What do they do, exactly? Periods of time: Months of the year. Ordinal numbers from 1st to 100th. Dates. Future with GOING TO. Time expressions. Pronunciation: Going to. Dialogue: Happy birthday!! Smart links: Cardinal and ordinal numbers. WMA audio files: 107 to 118. Activities: 49 to 52 (all the answers online).

Reading comprehension: What are they going to do on their birthdays? Glossary: Parts of the body. Glossary: Illnesses or health problems. Sentence stress. Time expressions with IN, ON, AT. Imperatives for advice. Dialogues: I’m feeling better already; What’s your problem? Smart links: The human body; The doctor; The dentist; The optician; The drugstore; Illnesses and health problems. WMA audio files: 119 to 131. Activities: 54 to 59 (all the answers online).

Listening comprehension: Secrets of a long life. Glossary: Typical places around town. Pronunciation: Compound nouns. Prepositions of place. Giving directions. Dialogues: Can you help me, please?; Is it far from here? Suggested links: Stress; The town. WMA audio files: 132 to 144. Activities: 60 to 63 (all the answers online).

(UNITS 11 TO 15)
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Reading comprehension: Amazing Animals. Simple Past.  Verbal chart: 100 verbs (infinitive and past). Past tense of regular verbs: spelling. Pronunciation of –D and -ED. Past tense of irregular verbs. Time expressions with AT, ON, IN, BY and DURING. Dialogues: Did you have a good weekend?; We had a great time. Suggested links: The zoo/Names of animals; Recreation: Games, hobbies and pastimes. WMA audio files: 145 to 156. Activities: 64 to 66 (all the answers online).

Listening comprehension: Visiting New York. Time expressions with LAST/NEXT, BEFORE/AFTER, YESTERDAY/TOMORROW, LAST NIGHT/TONIGHT and AGO. There was – There were. Past of verb “to be” (positive, interrogative and negative). Reading of years. Negative contractions. Age: HOW OLD ARE YOU structure (present and past). WH- questions (where, when, who, what, why, how). TO BE BORN structure. Dialogues: Why did you become a hairdresser? Suggested links: The hairdresser’s; The beauty parlor; The barber’s. WMA audio files: 157 to 167. Activities: 67 to 74 (all the answers online).

Listening comprehension: Weekend short story. Simple Future (WILL). BE GOING TO + VERB structure.  Use of colloquial SHALL. Dialogues: Would you like to come?; Maybe I’ll catch up on my reading. Suggested links: Movies and theater; The beach and the swimming pool; The campsite; At the travel agency. WMA audio files: 168 to 177. Activities: 75 to 80 (all the answers online).

Listening comprehension: Famous people. Simple Present Perfect. Verbal chart: 100 verbs (infinitive, past and past participle). Simple Present Perfect vs Simple Past. Use of ALREADY, YET, JUST. Modal verbs CAN, WILL, SHOULD and WOULD. Dialogues: I haven’t been to the theater; Would you like anything to drink? Suggested links: Verb; Regular verb list; Irregular verb list; Sauces and seasonings; Meats and roast; Drinks; The meals. WMA audio files: 178 to 187. Activities: 81 to 88 (all the answers online).

Prepositions of place AT, IN, ON. Objective pronouns. Pronunciation of WANT TO – HAVE TO. Estructura VERB + INFINITIVE. Dialogues: Do you want to leave her a message?; How have you been?; Plans after graduation. Suggested links: The telephone; Personal pronouns (subject and object); Jobs, occupations and careers. WMA audio files: 188 to 195. Activities: 89 to 93 (all the answers online).

(UNITS 16 TO 20)
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