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Step into English – A beginner’s course for non-native speakers

Educator: Elsa Fiott
Course Offer: Self-Paced Course 
Course Duration: 50 hours (course completion by September 2022)
Certification: Certificate of attendance upon completion
Prerequisites: some basic knowledge of the English language, basic digital skills
Price: EU/EEA National €34.94 | Full fee €69.88


Course Description

This course is aimed at non-native speakers who wish to learn the basics of English as a foreign language. The course is designed to help beginners who have some idea of the language but want to develop their language skills further.


The thirteen units deal with real-life situations and help learners practise the most useful elements of English grammar and vocabulary. Each session comes with additional resources and material to give learners the opportunity to practise more. The content is varied and relevant, and it is structured into manageable steps. A number of different tasks are assigned with every unit for learners to test their skills and identify their weaknesses.


Learners who are resourceful and enjoy working independently will greatly benefit from this course. The Virtual Learning Environment will also help connect learners and allow them to interact online.


The course content will be available until end of September 2022 and course participants should complete the course content at their own pace by the end of September 2022.

Course Outline:

Unit 1: Pleased to Meet You
In this unit, we will start with some basics. We will look at present simple verbs and learn how to use negative and interrogative forms. We will also look at personal pronouns and demonstrative determiners. Finally, we’ll make sure you know how to use ‘it’ and ‘there’ for description.

Unit 2: Getting to Know One Another
In this unit, we’ll look at the present simple in more detail and learn when to use it. We’ll also learn about adverbs of frequency to help us describe our routine. We’ll also practise describing ourselves by using adjective/preposition patterns. Finally, we’ll learn how to talk about the things we know how to do by using modal verbs of ability.

Unit 3: A Look into the Past
In this unit, you will learn how to speak about the past using the past simple. You will learn how to conjugate regular past simple verbs and start practising some irregular verbs. We’ll also look at pronunciation, and the negative and interrogative forms for the past simple. Finally, we’ll have a look at some time expressions we use with the past simple.

Unit 4: Time is Ticking
In this unit, we’ll start by revising how to tell the time and pronounce dates in English. Then we’ll cover some prepositions of time. We’ll also be learning about how to use the present and past continuous tense, before learning some useful expressions related to time.

Unit 5: Another Look at the Past
This time, we’re looking at a new tense that will help us speak about the past. We’ll learn how to speak about the recent or general past using the present perfect simple with the right time expressions. We’ll also learn when to use the past simple and when to use the present perfect simple to speak about the past.

Unit 6: Home Is Where the Heart Is
We’ll start this unit by learning some useful vocabulary to describe places. We’ll also look at how to make comparisons using comparative adjectives. Then, we’ll tackle some prepositions of place, before finally learning how to ask for and give directions.

Unit 7: All Work and No Play
In this unit, we’ll be talking about work. We’ll make sure we know how to use some basic conjunctions to help us connect our clauses better. We’ll also practise speaking about rules and obligations by using modal verbs. Finally, we’ll learn about the present perfect continuous and the time expressions it’s used with.

Unit 8: Health Check
With this topic, you’ll learn how to talk about problems and solutions by using modal verbs to give advice and make suggestions. We’ll also use modal verbs to make guesses about situations we’re not sure about. Finally, we’ll learn how to use verb patterns to improve our grammar and expand our vocabulary.

Unit 9: What Will the Future Bring?
This unit is all about the future. Here we will learn how to speak about the future using different tenses like the future simple or ‘going to’ future. We’ll learn how to speak about future plans and intentions, and how to make predictions. We’ll also learn how to use the present simple and present continuous for future use. Finally, we’ll learn how to speak about future possibilities using the first conditional.

Unit 10: Our Digital Lives
In this unit we’ll be taking a look at the subject of technology and learning more about grammar. We’ll start with a reading comprehension text to practise our reading skills and learn some vocabulary. Next, we will look at how to use relative pronouns and defining relative clauses. We will also look at how to use adverbs to add more description to our sentences. Finally, we’ll take a look at how to use verbs with prepositions.

Unit 11: Time Off
This time, we’re looking at the subjects of leisure time, relaxation and holidays. Here you will learn about the difference between –ing and –ed adjectives. You’ll learn how to use modal verbs to make requests and offers, as well as ask for permission. We’ll learn how to speak about imaginary situations and desires by using the second conditional. And finally, we’ll return to the subject of adjectives to look at superlatives.

Unit 12: What’s Cooking?
We will start this unit with some reading practice. Then we will learn how to use quantifiers with countable and uncountable nouns. We will also look at how to use definite and indefinite articles. You’ll get the chance to improve your vocabulary when we look at some expressions with ‘do’ and ‘make’. And finally, you will learn how to express preferences in English.

Unit 13: Childhood Memories
In our final unit, we will start by practising our reading comprehension skills. Then we will learn how to use ‘let’ and ‘make’ to speak about what we are allowed or forced to do. We will take a look at our childhood and learn how to speak about past habits using ‘used to’. We will also improve our sentence structure by learning how to add extra information to our sentences, using non-defining relative clauses.