First Steps

Front coversKEY FACTS

Guided Learning Hours: 20-30 (approx)
Pass marks: Refer:<50%; Pass: 50-64%; Merit: 65-79%; Distinction: 80%+

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What does First STEPS test?

Understanding of about 100 words from familiar categories such as colours, numbers, family members and items in the home.

Understanding of the first useful structures such as classroom commands and how to say who you are.

What does the student have to do in their First STEPS exam?

  • Match with lines
  • Mark with a tick or a cross
  • Colour and draw
  • Find and copy single letters

Student performance indicators

  • has a basic vocabulary recognition of about 100 words
  • can read and follow simple instructions
  • can understand the language of basic identification

Grammar and Structures List 

  Grammar and Structure

  What are they used for?

  Some examples

Commands Understanding instructions Draw a line.Tick or cross. Write the letter. Colour or write. Colour the right number. Listen to the words. Tick the box. Stop! Don't touch! Stand up. Sit down.
Present Simple of the verb 'to be' 3rd person Identifying an object The flower is red. It is a computer.
Present Simple of the verb 'to be' 1st person Identifying yourself My name is Bob. I'm 8.
A question Identifying an object What is it?
A noun with number and colour modifiers Identifying objects Two green eyes. One blue nose.
It Identification It is a bike
A, an, the As part of the identification of an object An egg. The teacher. A book.




Days of the week day, week, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Cardinal numbers one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten
Colours red, blue, yellow, gree, black, white
In the Home house, table, chair, window, floor, bed, television,
School school, book, teacher, pen, computer
Face eyes, nose, ears, mouth
Animals animal, cat, dog, fish, bird
Transport car, train, bus, bike
People mother, father, brother, sister, baby
Food apple, banana, chocolate, cake, egg
Nature tree, flower
Sport football, tennis, ball
Identification Yes. No. My name is ___________, I'm (6 etc.).
Greetings Hello. Goodbye.
Instructions Stop! Don't touch! Stand up. Sit down.
Examinations tick, cross, word, letter, box, line, draw