First Friends (American English) 1 Picture Cards

First Friends (American English) 1 Picture Cards

First for American English, first for fun!

Format: Cards

First Friends is a three-level beginner's course that makes learning English and the Roman alphabet familiar and fun!

  • Teaching hours: 60
  • ISBN: 978-0-19-443364-8

First Friends (American English) has a strong and clear structure that makes it easy for teachers to teach and learners to learn in a fun, friendly and familiar way.

With the help of mascots, games, songs and stories young learners will soon be confident in their use of everyday English and grasp of the Roman alphabet.

This flexible package offers DVD, Classroom Presentation Tool, picture cards and the choice of combined student and workbook packs and teacher’s books in languages other than English, so you can use what suits you and your students best.

Educational discount pricing

K12 schools, college bookstores, and other educational institutions with an Oxford account will receive an educational discount when placing their order through our Customer Service department.

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Key features

  • 108 picture cards per level
  • Key teaching tool at kindergarten level.
  • Picture cards can help in three ways:
  • 1. Presentation of new vocabulary, letters, colors and numbers
  • 2. Activities and games - help to conduct the fun!
  • 3. Check answers
  • Act out dialogues and songs
  • Each card has the same sort of lively illustration found in the Student Book
  • There are 82 vocabulary picture cards and 26 alphabet picture cards per level

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Help your class come first with First Friends

First for alphabet – from pre-writing practise with letter and number formation to writing short sentences.

First for phonics – ideal for building letter-recognition skills and letter formation.

First for values – everyday English is taught through important social value such as learning to share.

First for critical thinking skills – activities focus on connections and seeing patterns to develop thinking skills.

First for CLIL – learning English through art, math and science

First for fun – craft projects, puzzles, photographs, real-life insights, child-friendly songs with TPR, familiar settings and themes………………….. choose First Friends for your students’ first steps in English

Phonics and values


Phonics - First Friends has a staged phonics syllabus:

Level 1: Alphabet and letter names (lower case and capitals)

Level 2: Initial sounds (2-3 sounds per lesson)

Level 3: CVC words, diagraphs and short vowels

Values - Children see, practise and learn with a values syllabus, supported by great photographs showing real-life situations to help understanding, like:
  • Sharing
  • Taking turns
  • Respecting elders
  • Taking care of pets
  • Being polite