BASIC ENGLISH INSTITUTE
A Possible Class Sequence for Basic English
General Class Sequence Outline for Basic English to Full English
Prerequisite. - Class 000.
Latin Alphabet, Numbers, Time, Money, and Symbols.
Some useful words common between native language and English with
emphasis on pronunciation.
Pronunciation of proper nouns using local people, places, and things.
Word order -- doer of the act , operator , thing done , etc..
Adjective, adverb order
Inflected forms of pronouns and verbs. (number, gender, tense)
BASIC ENGLISH - Class 101. The Basic English Vocabulary and structure of the
language as directed to everyday usage.
Section A. Vocabulary and Structure
20 Useful Compounds
375 Total Words
Section B. Vocabulary and International Words.
50 Time and Numbers (review)
2 Money (review)
532 Total Words
BASIC ENGLISH - Class 102. Continuation of the Basic English Vocabulary with
international words and a specialty list.
Section C. Vocabulary and Area of Interest.
60 Words from three generality Lists.
70 Generality (Subject + International) - 3 class groups
50 Speciality - independent study or up to 7 class groups.
380 Total Words
Section D. Review and In depth Usage.
Derivatives : -en , -or , -ies
Practice of reading, speaking, listening.
Projects in Basic usage.
Basic English addresses direct communication for Science, Industry and Commerce for
world-wide use. There is no local cultural consideration.
As such it differs from tourist English and English as a second language, ESL,
which attempt to relay specific cultural interests.
The selection of words for universal relevance actually allows Basic to be more compact,
easier to learn, yet retain full expression. Social niceties and other culture specific
aspects of communication are not addressed. Thus, the locally proper forms
of dress, body language, and proforma wording, though important,
are to be learned separately -- as an introduction to the specific culture and subcultures
-- and are not part of Ogden's Basic English, an auxiliary second language.
INTERMEDIATE BASIC ENGLISH - Class BE 201. This class follows Ogden's
recommended learning sequence beyond Basic English and introduces students to
other general subject word lists other than the one topic acquired as part of Basic.
150 First supplement of animals, plants, and foods. (find or guess)
70 Science (2-3 groups) (review for part of class)
68 Business and Econ (review for part of class)
70 Verse (review for part of class)
50 Internet, computer and other new international words
60 Verbs made from Basic words (or only regular).
Affix from Basic words :
-able in- , inner-
-ful out- , outer-
-th up- , upper-
Compound suffix: -edly , -lies , -enings , etc.
Compounds : More, made from BE 101
Idiom : More, selected from the 500 examples.
At this point, call it the 2,000 word level, Ogden considers the student to have
entered the range of standard English and is able to proceed on his own.
This does not preclude additional classes, but is beyond Ogden's Basic English.
BEYOND BASIC ENGLISH - Class 202. This class goes beyond
Basic English from suggestions by Ogden, other educators, and changes in usage.
350 Next words list.
60 Irregular verbs from 60 Basic nouns.
Compounds: More, made from BE 101 and some made from BE 102 and BE 201.
Idiom: Local expressions.
-fold -self mid-
-ive -some non-
-less -th pre-
-ment -tion re-
-ness -y super-
BASIC ENGLISH TOPICS - Class 203.
Modern words by topic: entertainment, geography, computer, space,
Cultural Words - cultural etiquette.
Variation in meaning/connotation between native language and
Formal and informal English.
More verbs made from Basic words. (100 available)
Most frequent non-Basic words in full English: can, know, . . .
SIMPLE ENGLISH - Class 204
Basic, Common, and VOA English
An academic program might consider:
COMPARITIVE BASIC ENGLISH - Class 301
DEVELOPMENT of BASIC ENGLISH - Class 302
BASIC ENGLISH TOPICS - Class 401
BASIC ENGLISH PROJECTS - Class 402
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