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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.

Immigrants – vocabulary exercises

Editorial note:
Before you unleash the wave of criticism and unfavourable comments please, be informed that the lesson presented below was designed by me last year, in August, just after an attack in a train in France. This event triggered some immigrants-oriented discussions with one of my students and was meant solely to practise useful vocabulary. It does not promote any racism, nor political affiliation or social movements. It is to facilitate the students with useful expressions while discussing pressing social problems or recent events (the actual beliefs or opinions are not important here). That is why you will find references to France and its immigration policy. On the other side, it shows the good examples from the same country, even from the history of Poland, which unlike in the past it is rather homogeneous country now. So leave your political correctness and social sensitiveness aside and learn some new vocabulary because this site is about a language itself, not about politics. I hope that English teachers will immidiadetely get it and appreciate it, using the lesson as it is, or after their own modifications.

Terrorist attack in France

slide #2: The lessons starts with Continue reading “Immigrants – vocabulary exercises” »

Recent changes on the site

Administrative notice

After one year of being inactive online it’s high time to take into military English business again. The site has undergone serious changes already. First of all, you will immediately notice a new look and a layout of the website. Now, the layout is responsive so it means that while browsing it on mobile devices you will see a device-tailored window. It’s more easy to browse now.

The troublesome audio files were rearranged too. The audio files are stored on Google Drive now so no more problems with playing recordings. You can either play any recording in a seperate window, either download it directly from the same window. The previous hosting and embeded player caused some users having problems. Now, your experience should be much better.

Due to SlideShare policy and technology implemented by this third party, users of Google Chrome cannot play slide show of the presentations shared on the site. Other browsers support SlideShare presentations so try them whenever you want to access those presentations on Stanag6001.com. For those devoted to Chrome, there are links provided, leading to Slideshare website where viewing works well.

We hope you will enjoy a new, lighter and responsive website.

Stanag6001 team

Adjectives and adverbs – usage

Reading comprehension test on level 2 according to STANAG 6001Last week I conducted a lesson where I tried to explain the difference in use of adjectives and adverbs and their changeable role in a sentence. Since I’m trying out some online apps, I decided to use HotPotatoes software to prepare an online exercise illustrating the different use of both parts of speech. You can download this exercise from the download manager below and/or do it here, online.

Adjectives vs adverbs

some theory prompts

Adjectives normally describe nouns or pronouns, e.g.

He is a good boy.

In case of verbs related to our senses, they may serve as adverbs as well and then they describe verbs, e.g.

Coffee smells good.

It sounded nice to the ear.

look, feel, be follow the same rule.

Exception: I’m so sick that I cannot taste well. (the act of tasting food, not a taste of food)

Averbs normally describe verbs, sometimes adjectives, e.g.

He was completely lost.

He performed well on the exam.

They may play the role of adjectives as well, e.g.

I do not feel well.

Adjectives or adverbs – exercise

Fill in all the gaps with the proper form from brackets. 

  1. They ____________ [logical / logically] defined the terms. The proposal sounded_______ [logical / logically].
  2. They __________ [quick / quickly] adjusted the fees. They adapted _________ [quick / quickly] to a new situation.
  3. He measured the distance ____________ [exact / exactly]. It proved to be a __________ [perfect / perfectly] exact measurement.
  4. The smell of the wound was ____________ [awful / awfully]. The wound was _________ [awful / awfully] infected.
  5. It was a dangerous area to cross. The crowd was _____________ [dangerous / dangerously] hostile and the napalm smelled ___________ [dangerous / dangerously].
  6. The cannonade sounds ____________ [beautiful / beautifully]. We heard it ___________ [perfect / perfectly] from the distance.
  7. The commander was a very __________ [sensible / sensibly] person. He acted very ____________ [sensible / sensibly].
  8. The student wrote too ___________ [slow / slowly] on the exam. He always writes _________ [slow / slowly]. I didn’t know he was that _________ [slow / slowly].
  9. Talk ________ [soft / softly] or don’t talk at all. The music played ________ [soft / softly].
  10. Jake knows the enemy very ______ [good / well]. He always commands us ______ [good / well].
  11. You must do the exercises _________ [regular / regularly]. Only __________ [regular / regularly] exercises can bring desired effects.
  12. The rifles were ________ [good / well]. The commander said that the training was _________ [good / well] done.
  13. He cleared the gun __________ [careful / carefully]. He was a very ___________ [careful / carefully] soldier.
  14. He did not pass the course as ___________ [easy / easily] as he thought he would.
  15. I find this exercise very ___________ [interesting / interestingly]. It was __________ [interesting / interestingly] designed.

Interactive version of this exercise is here. You can do that online and get the feedback instantly.
You can also download it with the answers from the box below.

Lingua franca – AAP-6

Lingua franca in NATO

The need for “the same language” spoken within NATO was identified immediately after creation of this international entity. Lessons learnt during WWII led the Alliance to create offices solely devoted to development of the proper terminology, internationally recognized and understood. The first body to deal with the terminology standardization was the Military Agency for Standardization (MAS) established in London in January 1951. Through the transformation process it achieved

NATO glossary of terms and definitions. Original version is both in English and French. Poland has its own version too.

AAP-6 – NATO glossary of terms and definitions

its current state, where the responsibility for the co-ordination of standardization activities within NATO was delegated to the NATO Standardization Agency (NSA), with its charter approved in August 20011.

Even with the concept of standardization having been widely approved at the beginning of NATO existence, it took four decades to develop proper mechanisms for new terminology management. Previously, different NATO offices very often created documents containing lexical inconsistencies, therefore the need for creation of supervising body was identified and The NATO Terminology Office (NTO) was brought to life. That is how NTO explains the reasons for this recent initiative:

NATO has long recognized the need for its members and partners to be able to communicate clearly and unambiguously with each other, since misunderstandings in its political and military activities can lead to inefficiency and may even have more serious consequences.

Almost right from NATO’s establishment in 1949, many of its specialist communities (“senior committees” or “tasking authorities”) considered it worthwhile to lay down their terminology in all manner of lists, lexicons, glossaries, dictionaries, etc. Unfortunately, there was little consistency among the terminology adopted in this way or coordination among the bodies concerned. Continue reading “Lingua franca – AAP-6” »

Important Notice

Important announcements

Attention: important announcementsI have two pieces of news to share with you:

First, I have finally sold my game “The patrol”, so from now on it’s not available on my website, however, I would be more than happy to help you develop your own versions of any teaching aids you want to use in the military.

Second, and more important news is that due to recent BOT attacks on the website, registering on stanag6001.com won’t be possible any longer. Those authors who want to contribute to the site content still can propose articles and send them directly to me at info@stanag6001.com. I will add them manually on the condition they are in line with the main content. Those who had registered prior to this change will not be able to log in. Your accounts were removed from the data base.

Sorry for any inconvenience: “better save than sorry.”

Paweł Jasiński – administrator