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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsHello, and welcome to this English language MOOC developed for elementary learners by King's College London. In this MOOC you will learn language for everyday situations. You'll become more confident in understanding and talking in English. Each week you will listen, read, and write answers, fill in a gap, click a button, or listen and repeat what you hear. You can also reply to each other in the comments section. This course will help you use English in everyday situations and help you practise what you have learned. You will hear people describing each other's personalities, their jobs, where they live, what they do in their spare time, and how they are feeling. Some of the people you will meet are at university.

Skip to 1 minute and 1 secondOthers are working. Samia, Maya, and Amina are classmates on the same English course, and Mo and Sara are studying at the university. Do they remind you of any of your friends? There is help with some of the instructions in your own language, but if one section is too difficult, you can move on and come back to it at the end. Try to find a quiet space when you are doing the MOOC so that you can hear the character speaking. And don't worry if you don't understand everything the first time. You can listen, read, and learn as many times as you need to. I hope you enjoy your new course.

Welcome to your Basic English 1: Elementary course

Welcome to the course! This is your first step.

Watch this video. Jessica Cooper from King’s College London talks about what you will be doing for the next 4 weeks.

Then, go to the next step! You will see it on the right at the bottom. It is called ‘Introduce Yourself’.

Here is a list of some of the steps translated into Arabic: Translated Steps

Remember: when you finish each step, click the button ‘mark as complete’. You must ‘mark as complete’ at least 90% of the steps in the course in order to receive a certificate at the end of the course.

An important note: This course is designed for refugees, displaced people and the communities supporting them in the MENA (Middle East and Northern Africa) region who want to learn English for studying and for work. It has been created as part of the PADILEIA project, which delivers courses in Jordan and Lebanon. This is why we have some basic supporting documents in Arabic and English.

However, the course will also be of interest to anyone looking to improve their skills in basic English, so we welcome learners from everywhere. I will be here to help you learn, along with other educators from King’ College London.

Here is a list of vocabulary in Arabic to help with the course: Vocabulary

The audio steps have downloadable English and Arabic transcripts. You can find this in the downloads section at the bottom of the page.

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Basic English 1: Elementary

King's College London