Knowing where to start can be difficult when you have a new learner. This section has been created to give you a few ideas and to provide resources for learners with a very basic knowledge of English.

One of the websites we would highly recommend visiting is The English Hub for Refugees by the University of Kent. This has some fantastic resources from very basic English such as numbers and the alphabet. The ideas can be used to create a lesson or set as work for the learner to do between sessions.

There is also the ESOL Courses website. This website has a free course online for beginners and starts with the basics.

The English my Way site also has some really good material. You will need to register to access the material but there are many excellent resources. They are designed for group sessions but most of the material can easily be adapted for an individual learner.

The Education and Training Foundation have produced some great resources for refugees called resources for new arrivals. These begin with basics such as greetings and practical English for shopping and visiting the doctor. They are also designed for groups but can be adapted.

Below are a few videos one of our LASSN volunteers produced to cover some basic topics.

Colours

Numbers 1-10

Fruit

Vegetables