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Absolute Beginners: Unit 1

In this lesson by Frances Marnie, students cover language including hello, what’s your name?, numbers 1 to 5, book, pen, chair, table and goodbye. Printable resources include comprehensive step-by-step teacher’s notes, a student worksheet, cut-out alphabet cards and flashcards.

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  • I think it better to start to teach the most common sounds of each letter to 'absolute' beginners, rather than the names of the letters. The names of the letters are very confusing and not helpful when a beginner is trying to understand how to pronounce a piece of written text. For example, pea, ee, en, does not sound anything like 'pen', no matter how fast you say it.

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  • Hello,

    Thank you very much for your comment. Yes, teaching the phonic sounds is also a good way to introduce the alphabet to absolute beginners and can also be useful. However, it's also important that learners recognise the letter names, as they will come across these frequently, especially when needing words spelled out.

    Best wishes,

    The onestopenglish team

  • Hello Anonymous,

    Thank you for your comment, we are pleased you like these resources. In response to your question, the time needed for each of these lessons is approximately 90-120 minutes.

    Best wishes and happy teaching!

    The onestopenglish team

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  • yes the materials are really great for beginners. Could anyone say the amount of time needed to deliver each unit? Thank You in advance.

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  • Hi there,

    To listen to the audio just left-click on the title of the audio track. If you'd like to download it, left-click on the title and then right-click where it says 'Right-click here to download'. I hope that helps!

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  • I can't open or hear the audio! How do I do this?

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  • Thank you for sharing such awesome resources!

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  • I am finding this resource so useful as I'm teaching refugees who cannot read the Roman script. It's been great to have a starting point and to be able to adapt the lessons. I would never have thought about the sense of initially only using capital letters.
    Thank you

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  • Hi there,

    Sorry to hear that you're experiencing problems. If you don't already have it, you will need to download Adobe Reader to be able to access the PDF worksheets. Try downloading that and if you are still having issues, please contact our technical support team at help@macmillan.com.

    Best wishes,
    The onestopenglish team

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  • Hi, I have registered but can't download the units. Can you advise please? Many thanks.

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  • thanks for the help

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  • THANKS SO MUCH!! OMG. first day of teaching and buys all the time! my student enjoys it!! :D

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  • The "copy the letters of the alphabet" part was very useful. used it at preschool this morning

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  • Hi caroli,

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. It is great to hear that you are finding our lesson plans and resources so useful.

    Best of luck with the new career in the classroom!
    The onestopenglish team

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  • Thank you ever so much, I've become an English teacher late in life and your wonderful resources and ideas and lesson plans , etc are great help.

    I am truly tankful

    Best !

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  • Dear Ruth,

    Many thanks for such tremendous feedback. It's lovely to hear that you find the site and the resources so useful.

    Best wishes,

    The onestopenglish team

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  • THANK YOU SO MUCH! YOU'RE SUCH A WONDERFUL TEAM WITH GREAT RESOURCES! MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS!

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  • Hi Birmy English Teacher,

    Many thanks for the lovely feedback. It is great to hear that you are finding the site and the resources so useful. Which age ranges do you teach? We strive to cover all different teaching disciplines so it is really nice to know that you have found some good resources for your class.

    Feel free to let us know if there are any particular areas on which you would like to see more resources.

    Best wishes,

    The onestopenglish team

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  • Hi! I first learned about your website from one Birmy School review http://www.birmyedu.com/working-for-birmy-english-in-china-is-an-experience-i-will-never-forget/ that I came across. An experienced ESL teacher who was in China then mentioned how she got a lot of useful teaching materials from your site. I wasted no time and visited this site and she was right! I am loving these files and I'm sure I will be using this for a long time. Thank you!

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  • Hi Yria,

    Excellent to hear that you were able to download the files.

    Glad to be of help!

    Best wishes,

    The onestopenglish team

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  • Thank you so much for your help. I just downloaded the audio files.
    I thought that clicking on "Save link as" I would get just the link not the file.

    Thank you!!

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