Study English level A1

English level A1

English level A1 (Beginner) is the first CEFR English language level.

We provide the international CEFR description, followed by study targets and links to our free online English training.

At the end of English level A1, you can:

  • understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases.
  • introduce yourself and others.
  • ask and answer questions about personal details (for example, where you live, people you know and things you have.
  • interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

(Adapted from the international CEFR framework. This is set out by the Council of Europe (2001) Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: learning, teaching, assessment.)


Study targets for English level A1

Here are our study targets for the key components of English level A1.

You can also click on different items for free online English lessons, which include descriptions of each language point, examples and quizzes.

English communication (A1)

  • Exchanging greetings.
  • Giving personal information.
  • Using numbers, days, months, years.
  • Asking for and telling the time.
  • Describing people.
  • Giving information about objects.
  • Describing places.
  • Describing habits and routines.
  • Expressing likes and dislikes.
  • Describing simple actions.

English vocabulary (A1)

  • Days of the week and months.
  • Numbers and prices.
  • Countries and nationalities.
  • Colours.
  • Personal possessions.
  • Parts of the body.
  • Family and friends.
  • Food and drinks.
  • Household rooms and objects.
  • Clothes.

English grammar (A1)

Other English levels

English level A1English level-A2English level-B1English level-B2English level-C1English level-C2

For more information about each English level and study targets, choose one of the six levels below:

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