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First Friends is a fun two-level beginner's course that develops vocabulary, practises phonics, and teaches family values.

  • Language Level: Pre-school

First Friends makes children's first year of learning English motivating and fun.

A regular unit cycle and engaging support resources help you create a positive learning environment where children can develop confidence, build vocabulary skills, and practise phonics.

The carefully researched phonics programme gives you lessons that are ideal for children who don't use the Roman alphabet.

Use Little Friends to extend First Friends to a three-level course.

  • Class Book with Audio CD
  • Teacher's Book
  • Teacher's Resource Pack
  • Activity Book
  • Class Audio CD
  • optional Numbers Book

Key features

  • Very regular unit cycle
  • Systematic and fun phonics instruction
  • Regular reviews
  • Values taught through stories in a family setting
  • Plenty of pen-to-paper practice
  • Lots of engaging resources - a unique alphabet poster, story posters and iTools
  • Student's Audio CD with songs, chants, and stories


We all know that kindergarten is such a key year - it shapes children's attitudes to learning and English for years to come. You are also teaching something incredibly important - reading.

First Friends is here to help. The phonics progression is very important, and has been designed especially for children who do not use the Roman alphabet. The pacing and order of the letters has all been carefully researched.

The handy alphabet, at the top of every phonics page, highlights the letter you're studying so learners can see their progress, and all the letters are taught in upper and lower case.

But that's not all - the catchy phonics chants, colourful alphabet poster and interactive digital material make your lessons even more motivating and fun, ensuring happy learners.

Parents will also appreciate the Audio CD with songs, chants, and stories to practise at home.

So, with a reliable structure, rich resources, and a successful methodology, First Friends is the ideal course for you. Try it, and you'll soon see why it's first for English and first for fun!

Author info

Susan Iannuzzi is an expert in early literacy. She has been a Kindergarten teacher and Department of State and Ministry advisor in Egypt for 8 years.

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