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These are materials that will probably be suitable for students in the first half of their first year of English studies. For more information on the level classification used on esl lounge, go to our level description page.

The lesson materials have been divided into the following categories for Beginners.

Click any one to go to the resources.

Pairwork Activities, Surveys, etc

These are the resources which will most successfully get your students talking. Even at this level, it is easy to get student asking each other what time they get up or whether they like fish. It is always good to allow students to communicate with each other as soon as possible even in a complete/zero beginners' course and this allows the teacher to take a more withdrawn role. So these pairwork activities include very simple structures but get students talking and give them a sense of achievement in a foreign language.

Flashcards and Role Cards

These are called flashcards, prompt cards or role cards, depending on your teacher training and the specific purpose they are used for. They can be used in teacher-centred activities or between students. So at this level, you will find prompt cards which get students to ask each other question using the present simple or questions about other students' families. Again, these can help relieve the pressure on the teacher to do teacher-centred drill early in a beginners' course.


These can take a variety of forms. There may be simple grammar exercises on the present simple, etc. You will find some revision worksheets and tests. Or there may be some simple vocabulary work on something such as occupations, family members.


Here, you will find some simple texts for beginners level with very basic vocabulary requirement. There are also some accompanying exercises too, such as reading comprehension exercises.

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Getting students playing games should not be seen as a waste of time, presuming the teacher isn't doing it just to pass time. There are games at this level for all the language items including 'to be', present simple, there is and vocabulary games too.

Check out the main board games section too.

Error Correction

In the world of ESL/EFL teaching and learning theory, there is something approaching agreement that 'error' and its correction by the students themselves plays an important role in the language acquisition process, as it does during first language learning.

These resources here aid students in the act of spotting and correcting their own errors, an ability that should be practiced and perfected during their learning and there is no better time than here at beginner level to get students into good language learning habits.

These can be done as straight exercises or enlivened by doing them as a type of 'grammar auction' game.


While knowledge of grammatical structure will allow students to generate 'correct' sentences, it is vocabulary that will, on the whole, allow them to successfully communicate meaning. A clear focus on vocabulary acquisition is important from the early stages of a student's English learning. So immediately at this beginner level, you will find resources to improve students' ability to 'find the right word'.


These are materials specifically concerned with a particular grammar structure at this beginner level of English, useful for when it is being introduced for the first time. The main structure at this level is the Present Simple and you will find resources for this as well as others such as frequency adverbs.

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