A1 Elementary

A1 English level (elementary)

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) has six levels, from A1 for beginners, up to C2 for users who are proficient in the language.

What can an A1-level learner of English do?

Learners who achieve A1 Elementary level can:

  • understand and use very common everyday expressions and simple phrases for immediate needs
  • introduce themselves and other people and can ask and answer questions about personal details, such as where they live, things they have and people they know
  • communicate in a simple way if the other person talks slowly and clearly.

Find learning materials at this level

The learning materials in the different sections on LearnEnglish are organised by English level based on the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR).

In our Skills section, you can practise your A1 listening, A1 reading, A1 writing and A1 speaking skills. In our Grammar section, you can practise your A1-A2 grammar. In our Vocabulary section you can practise your A1-A2 vocabulary.

There is also a Starting Out video series suitable for A1 Elementary level learners.

You can search for learning materials by level, by section of the site or by topics of interest.

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Discover online English courses at this level

Strengthen your A1-level English proficiency with our affordable online courses.

Practise with classmates in live group classes, get learning support from a personal tutor in one-to-one lessons or practise by yourself at your own speed with a self-study course.

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Find out your English level

You can take our online level test to get an approximate indication of the English level you are working towards or completing.

You can use the test result to help you find suitable learning materials at your level.

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