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English for beginners (A1)

English: Elementary level A1 is for those who want a thorough, practical introduction to the language. The aim is to quickly be able to get by in simple everyday situations. Our language teaching is undertaking using the communicative method. Participants are encouraged to use the language actively in practical, everyday situations, with plenty of opportunities to practice and repeat. The goal is to quickly gain confidence using the language.

About the course

In this course you will learn

  • basic grammar and pronunciation
  • words and phrases to introduce yourself and ask others questions about themselves
  • words and phrases related to everyday situations
  • to ask and answer questions as well as express basic agreement / disagreement
  • to write simple texts
  • to read simple texts such as menus, advertisements etc.

(The learning goals above apply to the entire A1 level. Depending on which region of Norway you select, individual courses can either cover the entire A1 level or different parts of this level. Please see the course overview below.)

Who is the course for?

English: Elementary Level A1 is suitable for those who have little or no prior knowledge of English and want a solid foundation to begin communicating in the language. This course will enable you to use the language in various everyday situations, such as booking hotel rooms, buying merchandise, ordering train tickets, etc.

If you are unsure if this level is right for you, please take our free placement test here


At Folkeuniversitetet, we use the "communicative approach", which is a learner focused teaching method. This means that we place strong emphasis on communication, interaction and language use in everyday situations.

The exercises utilize authentic, relevant topics and texts and a variety of communicative tasks such as problem solving, explaining, pair and group work, and role playing. This knowledge can be transferred to real situations you typically come across when you are travelling abroad or using the target language in other contexts.


All teachers are tertiary level (university level) qualified in language and/or education and are experienced in the field of education. All teachers have either English as their native language or an equivalent proficiency level. In addition to conveying information, our teachers also foster friendly learning environments and work actively to motivate students.


All participants who attend 75% or more of class time, receive a course certificate. After completing English Pre-intermediate (A2), you are qualified to take the TELC exam, an internationally recognized language proficiency test.

Where to now?

After English Elemenatry (A1), we recommend that you take English Pre-intermediate (A2) so that you can attain the A2 level.

Questions? Please contact one of our course centers.

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