Inglés nivel básico

En la actualidad el manejo del idioma inglés hay que entenderlo, ante todo, como una herramienta para la participación y pertenencia en el mundo y las comunidades globalizadas laborales, sociales y científicas.
Por eso, los que hacemos la Escuela de Idiomas Online de UTN-Buenos Aires, respetamos las características de aprendizaje de los adultos, poniendo énfasis en ayudarlos a desarrollar las estrategias lingüísticas necesarias para un aprendizaje eficaz y efectivo.
Acompañamos a nuestros alumnos en este proceso aportando nuestra experiencia en la enseñanza de inglés a adultos de más de 20 años, las técnicas más modernas y el compromiso de una tarea compartida que como hasta ahora, estamos seguros que dará excelentes resultados.

 Objetivos generales del nivel

Al finalizar el nivel, los estudiantes podrán:

  • Comprender información cotidiana y el significado amplio de información no frecuente si tienen conocimiento del tema,
  • Expresar de modo simple lo que piensan de temas abstractos o culturales,
  • Conversar sobre sus hábitos, hobbies, ocupaciones y estudios,
  • Dar información sobre temas conocidos y especular sobre su entorno, entender y dar instrucciones de cómo hacer cosas.


Estudiantes, profesionales junior y senior, público en general que desea aprender Inglés.

 Requisitos previos

Todos los inscriptos realizarán una prueba de nivel antes de ser asignado en un curso.

 El nivel intermedio de inglés se compone de 4 cursos:

  1. Inglés 1A
  2. Inglés 1B
  3. Inglés 1C
  4. Inglés 1D

Unit - Title



1 - What’s your name?

  • Asking and giving personal information (Present Simple/ Verb to be (I am...)
  • Spelling names and addresses.  
  • Greeting formally and informally.
  • Responding to greetings
  • Verbs: be – live in - like- have - work for  + company – work at + place
  • Marital status (single- married)
  • The alphabet (pronunciation)
  • Addresses.
  • Introduction of numbers and places.

2 - How old are you?

  • Talking about age: (How old are you? I'm...) 
  • be born
  • Asking and talking about birthdays (When...?)  
  • Asking and saying numbers (How many…?) 
  • Saying dates (pronunciation)
  • Ordinal numbers.
  • Cardinal numbers from 1 to 1000
  • Preposition (in- on)
  • Days of the week
  • Months of the year (January... December)
  • Possessive pronouns (all)
  • Interesting number: 0

3 - What do you do?

  • Introducing other people: verb to be: Present Simple (all forms)
  • Expressions of courtesy
  • Starting and finishing conversations
  • Personal pronouns (all)
  • Titles (Mrs., etc.)
  • Jobs and professions

4 - Where’s the cathedral?

  • Describing cities, countries and nationalities  
  • Calling attention: Excuse me…
  • Asking and giving information about places: Where is the...?
  • Countries and nationalities
  • Official languages
  • Places in a town – (some places here; others in Unit 1B5)
  • Prepositions of place: next to- opposite- between

5 - Home sweet home

  • Describing objects and places in the house:
  • There is/isn't- There are/aren't.
  • How many…?
  • Rooms in a house
  • Pieces of furniture- Objects in a house
  • Regular / Irregular plurals
  • Adjectives: size (big- small)- Colors (Revision)
  • Prepositions of place: on- under- in 

6 - Do you have any brothers or sisters?

  • Asking and answering about one’s family:
  • Do you have?
  • I have / don’t have
  • Describing one's family
  • Family members
  • Personal pronouns (revision)
  • Possessive pronouns: plural and singular
  • Demonstrative pronoun: This is my...
  • The genitive: my mother's sister

7 - How often do you study?

  • Describing routines and daily activities: Present Simple (affirmative, interrogative and negative forms) for routines
  • Telling the time
  • Daily activities (verbs)
  • Means of transport: by car/on foot
  • Frequency adverbs
  • The time

8 - Pasta is my favorite food

  • Expressing likes and preferences (like, love, hate, enjoy, etc + -ing)
  • Describing and comparing objects, places, etc. (comparison of short and long adjectives)
  • Animals - food - objects - holidays - sports - fruit - vegetables
  • very, too, pretty, quite

9 - Packing some stuff for my vacation

  • Describing clothes (present continuous: verb to be + wearing) (affirmative, interrogative and negative forms)
  • Expressing what one is wearing and what one is doing
  • Items of clothing
  • Adjectives: color, style, pattern, material
  • Accessories: hat, bag, shoes, jewelry, belt, etc.
  • verbs: to wear - to show - to use - to carry

10 - Where are you going?

  • Asking and answering personal information: yes- no questions / wh- questions / Present Simple / Present Continuous
  • Talking about family, routine, likes and dislikes.
  • Personal information.

Unit - Title



1 - Can you organize meetings?

  • Can (ability)
  • Present Simple- revision
  • Present Simple vs. Present Continuous
  •   Sense verbs + adjectives
  • Abilities (verbs)
  • Routines

2 - Could I have your number?

  • Answering the phone.
  • Introducing yourself on the phone.
  • Revising ordinal and cardinal numbers. 
  • Taking and leaving messages on the phone.
  • Requests, formal and informal (Can I...? /Could you...? Will you?)
  • Offering help (Shall I...?
  • - Who's calling?)
  • Revision: greetings- numbers (cardinal/ordinal)- the alphabet (spelling of names and surnames)
  • hang on - put through - to call - hold on - hold the line -  call back later - take a message - to pick up -
  • Useful expressions on the phone:

    I'm afraid she/he's in a meeting.
    OK, I’ll make sure she/he gets the message.
    Can I take your number, please?
    Could you give your name and number, please?
    I'll put you through in a minute.
    The line is engaged.

3 - Let’s go out for dinner

  • Making an appointment (Can I...? / Could you...? I'd like... / Shall we...?)
  • Apologizing / Thanking (I’m sorry but…; Thank you / Thanks a lot, etc. You’re welcome / No problem, etc.)
  • Accepting and declining invitations  
  • Phone terms: receptionist- answering machine- busy signal- cordless phone- dial tone- to dial- phone booth- directory book- message 

4 - What are you looking for?

  • Building up a shopping dialogue 
  • Which? Which one?
  • Asking for prices
  • Reading prices
  • What kind / type of?
  • Categorizing clothes according to seasons 
  • Asking and answering about size and color
  • Shopping expressions: 

    Could you help me, please?
    Can I try (it / them on?
    How would you like to pay?
    How much? What color...? Which size...?
    Is there somewhere I can try this on, please?
    The ladies / gents changing rooms are over there.

  • Expressions:

    Does it suit me?
    Do you have this in a (larger / smaller size) (different color), please? 
    It's too long / short/tight / loose.

  • Revision of items of clothing
  • Colors (Revision)
  • Size: extra small, small, medium, large, extra large
  • Winter clothes: sweater, jacket, scarf and gloves
  • Summer clothes: t- shirt, sandals, bikini, shorts, etc.
  • Shopping terms: bargain- discount - receipt- shopping center- customer- shop assistant- changing room- credit card- cash.

5 - Where is the tourist information center?

  • Giving and understanding directions
  • Understanding instructions
  • Imperatives (for instructions)
  • Asking for and giving information about places: 
  • Where is...?
  • Take/turn/walk/go on
  • Prepositions of place (between, next to, opposite) and direction (turn left / right, straight ahead)
  • Places in the city: airport, art gallery, bank, bus station, church, cinema, fire station, museum, police station, restaurant, theatre  (some places here; others in Unit 1A4)

6 - Who was the president of the United States in 1964?

  • Biographies and (recent) historical events: presidents, politicians, scientists, etc.
  • Verb (to) be and (to) have: Past Simple
  • Political positions, government officials, politicians, etc.
  • Expressions of time: yesterday, last night / month / year, in 1980

7 - It was definitely a great weekend!

  • Describing states and actions in the past
  • Past Simple of regular and irregular verbs
  • Weekend activities: chatting with friends, watching TV, going walking, going shopping, reading, taking a nap, mending / fixing things, working in the yard, inviting friends to your house
  •  Connectors: first, then, finally, after that 

8 - How did they save him?

  • Describing states and actions in the past
  • Past Simple -  regular and irregular verbs  (revision) 
  • Narrating stories in the past
  • More expressions of time: the day before yesterday, two weeks ago, a long time ago
  • Connectors: first, then, after that, finally

9 - I loved El Calafate!

  • Narrating events in the past.
  • Narrating a legend
  • Describing places, characters and time
  • Sequencing
  • Past Simple and Past Continuous
  • Vocabulary from the legend: valleys, plains, mountains, glaciers, fjords, forests, lakes, bush, channels
  • peaceful, charming, lovely 
  • Connectors: and, or, but, because, while

10 - Let’s celebrate!

  • Telling what happens (Present Simple) and what happened (Past Simple) when celebrating
  • Comparing celebrations in the present and past
  • Receiving guests: What can I get you? Do you want a hamburger? Anything to drink? etc…
  • There is / are...  vs. There was / were…
  • Are/Were there..? vs Is there/Are there...?
  • Indefinite pronouns
  • Celebrations: barbecue, family gathering, anniversary party, birthday, cocktail party, fancy dress party, wedding
  • Reference: now- before.  
  • Everybody, somebody, something

Unit - Title



1 - Practicing risky sports

  • Describing sports (Present Simple for universal truths / natural facts)
  • Retelling anecdotes concerning sports (Past Simple)
  • There + be (is, are, was, were + negative forms)
  • Speaking about ability (can, do you know how to…)
  • Introduce Present Perfect:  Have you ever…?
  • Risky, dangerous, unusual
  • Names of sports
  • Records (hold, lose, break, beat)
  • Sports clothing
  • Sports elements

2 - My office is a comfortable place

  • Describing places (what… like?)
  • Adjective / adverb order (basic use)
  • Describing places (definite / indefinite articles)
  • Words to describe an office
  • Stationery

3 - What exactly did she mean by that?

  • Asking about the meaning of words that somebody else said
  • -ed and –ing adjectives
  • Fast life, boring, exciting, etc.
  • Common idiomatic expressions

4 - Some exercise is good for you

  • Speaking about quantities (countable and uncountable nouns)
  • Expressing warnings
  • Keeping a conversation going (Why don’t you tell me about…? And what happens /happened later?)
  • Running, walking, exercising, stamina, strength, endurance,
  • Some, any, no, a lot of, much, many, few, little

5 - Tomorrow will be another busy day

  • Expressing agreement with “too”, “also”, “either” and “neither”
  • Asking about and confirming plans (Present Continuous as Future and “going to…”)
  • Future with will
  • How about…?
  • Organize, schedule, tight, free time, focus on, concentrate

6 - I’m afraid the flight was cancelled

  • Using verbs of movement (go / drive / walk) + prepositions
  • Asking and offering help (Would you…, please?
  • Asking for clarification (What do you mean?)
  • Saying you don’t understand (Excuse me? Could you repeat that, please?)
  • Go to, drive along, walk through
  • Check-in desk, passengers, gateway, passport control, duty free, baggage, flight number, etc.

7 - Do you know when the DVD was invented?

  • Asking information questions and  yes/no questions
  • Using synonyms and antonyms
  • Describing and retelling (Past Simple and Present Simple) (revision)
  • Outstanding, useful, practical, silly, device

8 - Recycling these batteries is important!

  • Negotiating prices and conditions
  • Using verbs commonly used with Present Simple and Present Continuous, Past Simple and Past Continuous.
  • Environmentally friendly, recycle, paper, glass, bags, plastics, batteries

9 - Keep your fingers crossed!

  • Expressing surprise (I can´t believe it! you must be kidding!)
  • Connectors: both… and; either… or; neither… nor
  • Introduce Conditionals 0 and 1 (e.g.: If you walk under a ladder….)
  • Revision: Have you ever…?
  • nonsense, credible, anecdote, proof, strange

10 - These times are hectic!

  • Describe present and past habits (Present Simple and Past Simple)
  • Describing ongoing activities in the past and the present (Present Continuous and Past Continuous)
  • There + be (is, are, was, were + negative forms)
  • Using articles
  • Expressing quantities (countable and uncountable nouns)
  • Asking information questions and yes/no questions
  • Expressing agreement, disagreement, surprise, offers, requests, etc.
  • Nowadays, short of time, pressed for time, contamination, astonishing, extreme

Unit - Title



Cultural content

1 - Getting to know each other…

  • asking and giving personal information about oneself and other people
  • describing routines and daily activities
  • talking about states and habits
  • talking about actions taking place at the moment of speaking
  • Verbs TO BE/TO HAVE
  • The time
  • Simple present vs present progressive
  • Adverbs of frequency
  • FOR / TO
  • Action/Non-action verbs
  • Sense verbs +adj
  • A day in the life of an American president
  • A day in the life of an ordinary man
  • Business etiquette (introductions, greetings, dress, etc)

2 - Tell me about your country…

  • describing two cities or countries in terms of population, climate, architecture, etc.
  • asking and giving information about main cities
  • comparing and contrasting two cities or countries
  • speaking about a country’s current affairs
  • There is / there are
  • Wh-words: how, when, where, who, what, which, how much, how many
  • Definite and indefinite articles
  • Adjectives: comparatives and superlatives
  • Adverbs (adj+ly and very, too, pretty, quite)
  • Comparison of two American cities or two countries (Canada, US) in terms of:
  • Population
  • Religion
  • Government
  • White House
  • Main shopping centers
  • Office hours
  • Education

3 - An unusual job...

  • comparing routines
  • talking about habitual actions and actions in progress
  • describing etiquette
  • talking about possible stereotypes

Review of units 1 y 2

  • Doing business in the States or in Canada (etiquette)
  • Possible stereotypes: American, Canadian, Latin American (adjetives)

4 - He’s not in. Would you like to leave a message?

  • answering the phone
  • introducing oneself on the phone
  • taking and leaving messages
  • apologizing and thanking
  • requesting
  • accepting and declining invitations
  • giving and understanding directions
  • fixing a meeting
  • Can
  • Could
  • Should
  • Might
  • Must
  • Shall
  • Imperatives
  • Prepositions of place (between, next to, opposite) and direction (turn left / right, straight ahead)
  • Telephone conversation to fix meeting in New York
  • Tips to travel safe to and in the US

5 - Rains for the weekend...

  • talking about plans
  • agreeing and disagreeing
  • asking and giving opinion
  • talking about the weather forecast
  • Simple present as future
  • Going to
  • Simple future
  • Conditionals Type 0 and 1
  • Visit to New York: attractions, museums, etc
  • Weather forecast for New York

6 - City life vs. Country life

  • talking about habitual actions and actions in progress
  • comparing lifestyles

Review of units 4 y 5

  • Life in big cities vs life in the countryside
  • Predictions on how life will change

7 - Once upon a time...

  • describing states and actions in the past
  • narrating events in the past
  • describing famous personalities, places and historical times
  • Verbs TO BE / TO HAVE in the past
  • Simple past vs. Past progressive
  • Regular & irregular verbs
  • Life of famous cowboys and cowgirls in the 19th century
  • Case: Calamity Jane (or others)
  • Contrast of life in the city vs life in the countryside in the past

8 - Such beautiful memories!

  • describing family reunions and meetings
  • talking about family ties
  • talking about existence in the present and past
  • talking about experience
  • Simple past
  • Past progressive
  • Used to / would
  • Indefinite pronouns: someone, somewhere, anybody, nothing
  • Adverbs of time and time expressions: now, then, when, those days
  • Present perfect: have you ever…?
  • Traditional family meetings (thanksgiving))
  • Origin of Thanksgiving
  • Tradition of inviting friends over
  • Grandma´s recipes?
  • Influence of immigration

9 - When I was a child...

  • telling anecdotes
  • narrating past events

Review of units 7 y 8


  • Childhood memories
  • Memories of a boy during the World War II

10 - Hopes and wishes...

  • talking about states and routines in the present and past
  • narrating actions in progress at one time in the present and past
  • making plans and predictions
  • describing future events

Review of all contents presented in module 1D


  • Immigration stories: people from Europe and Latin American countries
  • Activities, religion, reasons for migration, present lifestyles, past life conditions
  • Expectations

 Metodología de enseñanza-aprendizaje

Nuestros cursos han sido desarrollados por un equipo de expertos en el Enfoque CAN DO® para la enseñanza de idiomas, el cual está basado en las competencias que el estudiante necesita adquirir en idioma Inglés para aplicarlas en escenarios cotidianos de la vida social y laboral. Se presentan situaciones de uso del idioma en materiales online interactivos elaborados a medida de las necesidades e intereses del estudiante joven y adulto.

El Enfoque CAN DO® está basado en el principio de que el estudiante aprende el lenguaje para comunicarse, es decir, necesita usar el lenguaje en forma correcta y apropiada para lograr objetivos de comunicación específica.

Nuestro equipo especializado ha analizado las competencias que los estudiantes necesitan adquirir de acuerdo con el nivel lingüístico, el contexto social y cultural, el grado de formalidad.

Se seleccionan una serie de competencias (can do’s) y los materiales y tutores presentan situaciones en los que esas competencias (can do’s) se ponen en juego.
Los estudiantes ingresan a un aula virtual donde encuentran los materiales de estudio y participan de Clases de Conversación (en la versión Premium). Podrán chequear su propio progreso a través de las Calificaciones a las que pueden acceder en el aula. Las Clases están a cargo de tutores especializados que acompañarán y guiarán a los estudiantes para que alcancen sus objetivos de comunicación deseados. Siempre habrá un Profesor Facilitador (que interactúa por correo electrónico) dispuesto a guiar a los estudiantes, aconsejarlos sobre su progreso y contestar preguntas o aclarar dudas durante el curso.

¿Qué incluye cada Unidad de Estudio? (*)

Esta es una breve referencia de cómo ha sido diseñada cada Unidad de Estudio:

  • Bienvenida: Se presentan las habilidades que el estudiante logrará adquirir al finalizar la unidad.
  • Comencemos: Esta sección activa el vocabulario y conocimiento previo sobre el tema de la unidad.
  • ¿De qué se trata?: Se muestra un video o se escucha una grabación que presenta en contexto el vocabulario, la gramática y funciones que se aprenden en la unidad.
  • Vocabulario: Se incrementa el vocabulario que el estudiante requiere para la unidad.
  • Uso del Lenguaje: cómo construir oraciones, comprender frases hechas y compartir consejos sobre el uso del lenguaje.
  • Escucha con atención: Actividades de comprensión auditiva diferentes con locutores variados.
  • Pronunciación: Mucha práctica de pronunciación de las nuevas palabras presentadas en la unidad.
  • Lectura: Los estudiantes disfrutan de actividades de comprensión lectora relacionadas con los temas de la Unidad.
  • Integración: Revisión de vocabulario, funciones y gramática.
  • En resumen: Un resumen de las habilidades que el estudiante logra producir al finalizar la unidad.
  • Conversemos: Una tarea para preparar para la clase de conversación individual (uno a uno). En esta tarea el estudiante pondrá en práctica el lenguaje adquirido.
  • ¿Cuánto aprendí?: Práctica para el test de la unidad.

(*) Se detalla en base al plan Premium, puede consultar la grilla de paquetes para conocer las características de cada uno

 Modalidad de evaluación y acreditación

  • Curso: Para aprobar el curso, el alumno deberá completar y aprobar todas las Unidades de Auto estudio, tomar todas las Clases Individuales y aprobar la Prueba Oral Final. Habiendo cumplimentado estos requisitos, el estudiante recibirá un certificado digital de la Secretaría de Cultura y Extensión Universitaria de la Facultad Regional Buenos Aires de la Universidad Tecnológica Nacional, donde se acreditará que ha cursado y aprobado el curso.
  • Nivel: Aquellos cursantes que hayan cumplido y aprobado las actividades de evaluación de todos los cursos que conforman el nivel, recibirán un certificado de aprobación de la Secretaría de Cultura y Extensión Universitaria de la Facultad Regional Buenos Aires de la Universidad Tecnológica Nacional.

 Duración y Carga horaria

El nivel tiene una duración total de 200 horas. Cada curso tiene 50 horas de duración.


A los participantes que hayan aprobado el curso cumpliendo con todos los requisitos establecidos, se les extenderá un certificado de la Secretaría de Cultura y Extensión Universitaria de la UTN-Buenos Aires. Aquellos que aún habiendo participado activamente en los foros y realizado las actividades prácticas no cumplimentaran los requisitos de evaluación, recibirán un certificado de participación en el curso.

Los cursos Essential y Speak no tienen certificado de aprobación, solo de participación.

 Dirección y cuerpo docente

Susana Trabaldo

Egresada del Instituto Nacional Superior en Lenguas Vivas “Juan Ramón Fernández”, Buenos Aires. Licenciada en Administración de Educación Superior (UNLM). Diploma de Postgrado en Educación a Distancia (CAECE). Máster en Enseñanza y Aprendizaje Abiertos y a Distancia (UNED, España). Directora de Net-Learning, Entornos Virtuales de Aprendizaje. Capacitadora en diversos proyectos de e-learning. Docente universitaria. Directora de la Diplomatura en Diseño y Gestión de proyectos de e-learning.(Universidad de San Martín). A cargo de las cátedras de Multimedios y Tecnologías Aplicadas a la Enseñanza de Idiomas en el Profesorado de Inglés del Instituto Nacional Superior del Profesorado Técnico, de la Universidad Tecnológica Nacional.

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