English Gateway

Communicate in ‘survival’ situations

English Gateway

Communicate in ‘survival’ situations

Level: Elementary CEFR A1

Course duration: 144 (72 conversation lessons 72 plus lessons)

Lesson duration: 50 minutes

Who is this for?

Gateway lessons are dialogue based lessons suitable for learners who have not had much exposure or opportunity to practice.

Gateway Conversation in detail

Narrative & Characters

  • The dialogue based lessons follow the adventures of Nok & Pop as they complete a homestay in the UK.


  • Every lesson contains a vocabulary list of 15-20 lexical items. 
  • The vocab list is not exhaustive, it simply contains the vocabulary deemed most critical to the lesson. 


  • Each dialogue based lesson features a written out conversation between two people.
  • A Gateway level dialogue will typically be six lines long. 
  • The dialogues are designed to resemble a typical conversation and provide students with the chance to learn structures in a contextualised, realistic setting. They also practice manipulating the structure with vocabulary to express their own ideas.

Gateway Plus in detail

  • Plus lessons reinforce language points covered in the dialogue based lesson and have the same lesson name. 


  • Plus lessons begin with a pronunciation exercise using the main dialogue from the dialogue based lesson.
  • The teacher focuses on natural pronunciation of phonemes, linked sounds, intonation and stress. Additional practice of common pronunciation problems are also addressed in the “Speaking Naturally” exercise.


  • Next, there is a short reading activity to develop student’s awareness of the narrative arc of the book and provide further context for the lesson’s grammar point. The text comes from “Nok’s journal”.


  • Each lesson presents a grammar point through a series of explanatory points. These are followed by exercises to check the students’ understanding and practice what they’ve learned. A game or activity relating to the grammar point is provided at the end of the lesson.

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course, you should be able to: 

  • Correctly use over 1500 words and phrases.
  • Pronounce phrases and sentences clearly, using correct stress and intonation.
  • Communicate effectively in a range of real-world situations.
  • Produce basic sentence and tense structures accurately.

We have five levels.

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