E-learning platform

An e-learning platform

If you follow us on Facebook you already know that an e-learning platform on our website was planned to be launched. That time is now! We are glad to announce that since 11NOV16 you can use this platform to study English and prepare for the military English exams better.

What can you do with it?

First of all, it is a new technical solution, which allows the content offered to be organized in the proper way with multiple forms of exercises. But the feature you will enjoy most is its fully automated, interactive content management. Once the lessons and connected activities are uploaded, you can freely browse through them, try them and store the history of your performance. The platform offers much more than we could possibly provide on this website. Anytime you decides so, you do the lessons. Have a break, then return and you can continue from the moment you stopped.

What is available?

It took many weeks to develop the platform as a tool, another couple of weeks to design the first courses. As the starting package we offer “Introduction to Stanag6001 course – level 3” and “A sample lesson – briefings“. The content in development is either not visible yet, or not accessible for the students. You can enter the platform by clicking the “e-learning” tab on the website. You would be automatically logged in as “a guest” with “student” status and privileges.

A guest, a student, or an authenticated user?

The platform differentiates its users depending on their status. If you only want to preview the content, it is enough to be a guest there (default option). If you think about studying seriously, we encourage you to register and become “an authenticated user”. Since that moment you can enjoy your personalised account, gradebook, progress tracking, hidden features, quizzes and many more. Your status is your choice – decide to register any moment you wish. It takes a minute of your time, one e-mail and that’s it!

What is next?

To do the available lessons you need approximately 1 hour. Then, we regret to say that, you must wait a bit for more. The course development and publishing take time! On our priority list, level 3 is the first one. We simply listen to our fans’ suggestions and they decided what should be developed first. On our Facebook fanpage we launched a survey and most of you voted for level 3. This level course will be developed till the end of 2016 in full. Next year, different level resources may appear, but not earlier. Remember, you have the influence on our offer – find the following survey on Facebook and cast your vote.

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We understand that using a new tool is sometimes painful to learn. That is why we plan to develop a tutorial on how to use the e-learning platform properly, how to discover its features. Another idea is to organize a webinar where we could guide all who cares on the platform features. That option depends on your interest, expressed in another survey on Facebook – look for it there and cast your vote, or write an e-mail requesting it.

Not only for students

The platform offers many functionalities. Actually, most of them are meant for teachers and course managers. If you teach English and want to have an e-platform for your teaching, just request a teacher’s account and specify your needs in a separate e-mail. We are open to such a cooperation. The platform is for free, no hidden costs! If you develop your own content, you can decide who is using it, how you handle the lessons, grade your students, etc. Our admin will just take care of the content compliance with a common sense, netiquette, and political correctness. We do not want to be associated with an improper or bad quality content. You can freely develop your own brand though.

Stanag6001 exams equivalents

Exams equivalents

A writer must write concise sentences. Avoid wordiness and redundancies in your papers.– Hi, I have passed Stanag6001 exam on level 3!
– OK, so what level is it exactly? Is it CAE equivalent?
– Hmm, I don’t know…

Did you happen to have similar conversation with your colleagues? Sooner or later you would. And then: “Houston, we’ve got a problem!” What is obvious for the military personnel, it might not be for the civilians. Let’s analyze the military exams equivalents, available on the market.

International classification of language levels

European Union has set up some language proficiency standards. The scale of your proficiency is organized in a table know as Common European Framework of Reference for Languages shortly called CEFR. This internationally recognizable scale distinguishes Continue reading “Stanag6001 exams equivalents” »

Free evaluation summary

checkOn 27th of September we launched the “free evaluation” programme (link). You could write some English tests and receive the feedback absolutely for free. It’s time to summarize this event.

Who decided to participate

Four military students decided to take part in this programme and submitted their writing in the announced time window. Two of them were Polish, one was Romanian and one was Spanish. We congratulate all of them. We congratulate mostly on their Continue reading “Free evaluation summary” »

Reading tests – how to approach them

Reading comprehension tests

Many tests have been already published here, but never any hints on how to do these lightbulbparticular tests. I do clarify on that but only face-to-face with my students. Based on the lessons already conducted, I prepared a bunch of tips you should find handy. The presentation below is based on level 3 exam with the main focus on task 1. Firstly, texts in task one are short so it’s easier to analyze them, secondly if you do task one correctly, you will have almost the required number of points to pass the exam. The presentation (and this post alike) is bilingual; each slide is played twice: in English and Polish, to be sure that the Polish students will understand all nuances.

The slides will lead you through the desired way of reasoning which will help you find the good answer. Once you learn the proper methodology, you will be able to deal with the subsequent two slides with some tasks for you. Some hints are still given, but the whole process is up to you. Finally, general prompts are on the last slide which should shape up your preparation and expectations. Good luck!


Wiele testów już tu publikowaliśmy ale nigdy żadnych wskazówek jak je rozwiązywać. Wprawdzie udzielamy takich wskazówek ale zawsze odbywało się to przy osobistym kontakcie ze studentami. Bazując na przeprowadzonych lekcjach, przygotowaliśmy dla was zbiór przydatnych porad. Poniższa prezentacja została oparta na egzaminie z poziomu 3 i skupia się na zadaniu pierwszym. Po pierwsze, dlatego, że w zadaniu 1 mamy do czynienia z krótkimi tekstami, które łatwiej przeanalizować, a po drugie jeśli dobrze wykonamy to zadanie, to już mamy prawie całą wymaganą ilość punktów, wymaganą do zaliczenia. Prezentacja (jak i sam post) są wykonane w dwóch językach: po angielsku i po polsku. Chcieliśmy być pewni, że polscy studenci zrozumieją wszystkie niuanse językowe, które zostały omówione na przykładzie tekstów. Continue reading “Reading tests – how to approach them” »

Reading test – level 3

Test your reading comprehension skills with this new set, courtesy of PASFL. In Poland, you have 65 minutes to read and mark the right answers. You can find the answer key at the end of the page. If you prefer to do the test online, you can go directly to the interactive version of task 1, and task 2, where you will get the final score immediately. Good luck!

Level 3 – reading

(L3/R/005)

TASK ONE

You are going to read short texts. For questions 1 to 13 choose the answer (A, B or C), which fits best according to the texts.

1. The world has let down the people of Syria. Continue reading “Reading test – level 3” »

Briefings on level 3

Recently we have published task 2 speaking topics from level 3 exam (link). To complement this part of the exam you also need to handle briefings as it is task 1 during such exams. Below you will find the set of ten examination papers (derived from PAFSL website) with different topics for the briefings you are supposed to develop and present during exam. You will have 15 minutes for the preparation since the moment you draw one sheet. Your task is to Continue reading “Briefings on level 3” »