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Each topic has 10 pictures (Beginner) or 20 pictures (Intermediate) with their accompanying written texts and spoken English recordings. There are 56 Beginner topics and 58 Intermediate topics to choose from. All the topics are free to use. They are suitable for adults, students and children starting to learn English as a second language.
Each item in a topic consists of the text (both the written English text and an audio recording of a English person speaking the word / words) with a picture that illustrates that item. The illustrations are very simply and nicely drawn so there will be no confusion as to what is being shown. The texts are available to see and hear on all product pages in this brown info sign below the main interface.
The language for each topic is carefully selected to match the language of the curriculum for English as a second language. This means that if you are at school you should see the same language you are learning there for any particular subject.
Once a topic is selected at the beginning of a session at English Activities it will be remembered when you move between games and other activities. So you only need to choose a topic once and can then do multiple lessons, play multiple games and take multiple tests without having to select your subject topic again.
There are currently 56 Beginner topics and 58 Intermediate topics to choose from. These range from single English words (for instance "Body - parts of the body" or "Food - fruit"), short phrases (eg. "Time - what time is it?") to whole sentences ("People - appearance", "Home - helping at home"). An example topic is given below:
See the help box below for instructions on choosing a topic here at English Activities.
Click on the "1. Start" button in the top navigation bar - that brings you to this topic selection page. On the topic selection page you will see that the topic selection is divided up in different ways:
Choose either Beginner or Intermediate level topics in the red sign. Now the categories for that level will load. Click on any sign to view the topics that fit the category description. For example, if you choose the Beginner category 'Animals' you will see a choice of two topics: "Animals - pets" and "Animals - farm". When you click on the name of the topic, the pictures, writing and spoken English for that topic will load (once the topic has loaded it will be available for all activities and will not have to be loaded again).
With the topic loaded you can choose whether to proceed with the lesson for that topic, or to go straight to the games page.
The 56 beginner topics are:
Activity - daily routine , Activity - hobbies , Activity - holidays , Activity - sports , Animals - farm , Animals - pets , Body - hair colour and style , Body - parts of the body , Body - the head , Colours , Family - members , Family - my siblings , Food - drinks and snacks , Food - fruit , Food - groceries , Food - restaurant , Food - vegetables , Go - means of transport , Go - on holiday , Go - where? , Go - which way? , Grammar - adjectives 1 , Grammar - adjectives 2 , Grammar - prepositions 1 , Grammar - prepositions 2 , Grammar - verbs 1 , Grammar - verbs 2 , Home - helping at home 1 , Home - helping at home 2 , Home - in the garden , Home - my room , Home - rooms in the house , Numbers - 1 to 10 , Numbers - 11 to 20 , Numbers - to 100 (1) , Numbers - to 100 (2) , People - appearance , People - clothes 1 , People - clothes 2 , People - health problems , People - jobs , People - portraits , Place - homes , Place - meeting places , Place - places in town , Place - shops , Place - where I live , School - activities , School - classroom objects , School - subjects , Time - autumn and winter , Time - spring and summer , Time - what time is it? , World - environment , World - European countries , World - weather
The 58 intermediate topics are:
Accommodation , Adjectives , An accident , Appearance , Bathroom , Bedroom , Cafe , Calendar , Clothes , Colours , Countries , Daily routine , Dining room , Dwellings , Eating and drinking , European countries , Facial features , Family members , Fruit and veg , Garden , Getting there , Groceries , Health problems , Helping at home , Hobbies A , Hobbies B , Holiday activities , Holiday places , Jobs , Kitchen items , Living room , Lost property , Means of transport , Measurement , Media , Meeting places , Numbers to 100 , Numbers to 20 , On the table , Parts of the body , Pets , Places , Places in town , Prepositions , Rooms , School subjects , School uniform , Shops , Signs , Sports , The Classroom , The environment , Time , Verbs , Weather , Which way , Work experience , Workplaces