English Elementary 1

Course information

The course English Elementary 1 is suitable for students who already have some knowledge of English. For example, you should be able to ask and answer simple questions about people, family, work and food and drink, and have an understanding of basic grammar.

During English Elementary 1 you will further expand your basic understanding of English. For example, you will learn how to tell a story or give a short description of something or someone, to make an appointment and to give someone directions. You will do this sentence by sentence, but you will also learn to form simple compound sentences using ‘and’, ‘but’ and ‘so’.

By the end of this course you will be able to write short texts, such as an invitation or a blog on a familiar subject. You will be able to read texts that you encounter frequently in daily life, for example in a supermarket (names and descriptions of products), a food blog or a short biography of a famous person.

Grammar covered in English Elementary 1 includes the present tense and the past tense (my grandmother was a doctor). Attention will also be paid to adverbs (sometimes, usually, never, etc.) and the personal pronouns mine, yours, his, hers and theirs.

If you successfully complete this course, you will receive a certificate showing the level you have attained and you will be able to continue to English Elementary 2.


The intake procedure for this course comprises: intake interview, online test

After you have registered for this course, we will invite you for an assessment to determine your level. We recommend that you enrol at least two weeks before the start of the course. If you enrol later than this, we cannot guarantee there will be time for the intake procedure.

If you have completed the English Beginners course at UvA Talen, an assessment will not be necessary.

Course materials

Cambridge English Empower Elementary, € 55 (chapter 1-6)
The course material is not included in the course price. If you buy the books via UvA Talen, you will receive them from the teacher during the first lesson.

Schedule and registration

This course can also be taken as an intensive summer course.

Day(s) Start End Time Hours Price
Mon-Tue-Wed-Thu-Fri 10 Aug 2020 04 Sep 2020 13:30 - 15:30 40 620 Enrol NOW!
Mon-Tue-Wed-Thu-Fri 07 Sep 2020 02 Oct 2020 13:30 - 15:30 40 620 Enrol NOW!
Mon-Tue-Wed-Thu-Fri 05 Oct 2020 30 Oct 2020 13:30 - 15:30 40 620 Enrol NOW!
Tuesdays & Thursdays 06 Oct 2020 10 Dec 2020 19:00 - 21:00 40 620 Enrol NOW!
Mon-Tue-Wed-Thu-Fri 02 Nov 2020 27 Nov 2020 13:30 - 15:30 40 620 Enrol NOW!