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Course Syllabus: ESL Grammar Skills Level 1

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Course Description

  This is a beginning grammar and writing course for learners of the English language.  This course is Level 1.  In Level 1 grammar, we cover present simple and past simple tenses. 

This course also teaches you how to put verbs together, introduces the –ing form and gives a context for its use, and shows you how be verbs are very different from all other kinds of verbs.  We discuss plurals, a/an articles, adjectives, subject pronouns and possessive adjectives, demonstratives this/that/these/those, prepositions of place and time, can, wh- questions, and adverbs of frequency and their proper placement.  We also discuss prepositional phrases, subjects, verbs, objects, and complements.

 Also covered in this course are irregular spellings in plural, in gerunds, and in past tense formations, and irregular plurals and verbs.  The writing component covers simple sentences (S-V-O) and compound sentences (S-V-O, [coordinating conjunction] S-V-O). This course consists of 32 lessons with illustrations, plenty of exercises, section exams, and a final exam.

 Each unit is accompanied by an audio track to help you better understand the ideas and rules of the lesson, and help you with your listening comprehension and your pronunciation. With successful completion of this course, you will have a strong foundation in English.  Your language will be limited, but you will be able to say most things you need to say.   If English is new for you or if you need a solid refresher on the basics, this is an excellent course for you.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level (in your own language). No books will be required.

Course Topics

This Course will cover these language concepts:
 Subject pronouns

  I, you, he, she, it, we, they

2.      Simple present – be

3.      Simple past – be

4.      Simple present (be) questions.

5.      Possessive pronouns

  My, your, his, her, its, our, their

6.      Simple present – do

7.      Combining verbs

Want to, need to, have to, like to

8.      Object pronouns

a.      Me, you, him, her, it, us, them

9.      Simple present (do) questions.


10.   Past simple – regular

11.   Past simple – irregular

12.   Past simple questions


13.   Questions – open



14.   This/that/these/those

15.   Prepositions

Of place:

                                                    i.     In, on, between, under, over, near

Of time:

                                                    i.     At, on, in

16.   Adverbs of frequency

  Never -> always


17.   Days/months/seasons/years

18.   Time

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include self paced practice exercises and several of the lessons will include a review quiz.. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade. 

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define subject pronouns.
  • Demonstrate writing simple sentences.
  • Demonstrate using third person singular (he, she, it).
  • Demonstrate using third person singular (he, she, it).
  • Define and recognize prepositions.
  • Define and recognize possessive adjectives and plurals.
  • Present Simple Verbs, 3rd Person Singular (he, she, it)
  • Demonstrate using present simple, all subjects.
  • Demonstrate using questions in the English language.
  • Demonstrate negatives, 3rd person singular.
  • Demonstrate questions, 3rd person singular.
  • Demonstrate using simple past regular verbs.
  • Demonstrate using simple past irregular.
  • Demonstrate there is / there are usage.
  • Demonstrate using activities with go + -ing versus go + simple verb, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Assessment Guide

Practice Exercise 11
Practice Exercise 21
Practice Exercise 31
Lesson 3 Exam20
Practice Exercise 41
Lesson 4 Exam5
Practice Exercise 5-11
Practice Exercise 5-21
Practice Exercise 6-11
Practice Exercise 6-21
Practice Exercise 7-11
Practice Exercise 7-21
Practice Exercise 7-31
Practice Exercise 7-41
Practice Exercise 8-11
Practice Exercise 8-21
Practice Exercise 91
Lesson 9 Exam10
Practice Exercise 10-11
Practice Exercise 10-21
Practice Exercise 10-31
Practice Exercise 10-41
Practice Exercise 11-11
Practice Exercise 11-21
Practice Exercise 11-31
Practice Exercise 12-11
Practice Exercise 12-21
Practice Exercise 12-31
Practice Exercise 13-11
Practice Exercise 13-21
Lesson 13 Exam10
Practice Exercise 14-11
Practice Exercise 14-21
Lesson 14 Exam8
Practice Exercise 151
Practice Exercise 16-11
Practice Exercise 16-21
Lesson 16 Exam10
Practice Exercise 17-11
Practice Exercise 17-21
Lesson 17 Exam15
Practice Exercise 181
Lesson 18 Exam32
Practice Exercise 19-11
Practice Exercise 19-21
Practice Exercise 19-31
Lesson 19 Exam20
Practice Exercise 20-11
Lesson 20 Exam20
Practice Exercise 21-11
Practice Exercise 21-21
Lesson 21 Exam10
Practice Exercise 22-11
Practice Exercise 22-21
Lesson 22 Exam10
Practice Exercise 23-11
Practice Exercise 23-21
Lesson 23 Exam16
Practice Exercise 24-11
Practice Exercise 24-21
Lesson 24 Exam25
Practice Exercise 25-11
Practice Exercise 25-21
Lesson 25 Exam25
Practice Exercise 261
Lesson 26 Exam19
Practice Exercise 271
Lesson 27 Exam10
Practice Exercise 28-11
Practice Exercise 28-21
Lesson 28 Exam10
Practice Exercise 291
Lesson 29 Exam5
Practice Exercise 30-11
Practice Exercise 30-21
Lesson 30 Exam25
Practice Exercise 31-11
Practice Exercise 31-21
Lesson 31 Exam15
Practice Exercise 32-11
Practice Exercise 32-21
Lesson 32 Exam18
The Final Exam125
Total Points:523
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