Peacekeeping missions test – writing sample

Stanag6001 dog tag. Writing on level 3.Below, you will find my student’s answer to the test previously published under the sequence number L3/W/012.

This is the student’s version with his errors correction already done. I did NOT interfere with the student’s way of reasoning and the work organization. The piece of writing presented was good enough to pass level 3 exam. Use it as a reference point for your own writing attempts. Enjoy.

LETTER:

Dear Sir,

I am writing in reply to your query about the food and medicine convoy security. Of course, we are able to support you in this mission but we need to obtain more information from you.

First of all, If I am to organize a convoy from the airport I need to know the exact time of the cargo plane arrival and the number of trucks in the convoy. These details are very important to organize proper security.

Here are a few things that we could not accept. We should move the distribution place further from the city centre. It will help us to secure it. Finally, we can secure the centre for one day only due to other tasks. I recommend that you finish distribution in one day.

I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours faithfully

XYZ

 MEMORANDUM:

TO: CO

FROM: XYZ

Date: 20th October 2014

Subject: Food distribution incident

  • I am pleased to inform you that my soldiers secured the convoy from the airport to the city centre. However, during the food distribution, some local police officers tried to illegally take a large pile of food and medicine. After my intervention, they withdrew but they still observed us.
  • Although we secured distribution this time, I recommend that we involve high rank authorities to this type of missions in the future.

 REPORT:

TO: International military agency

FROM: Lt. XYZ

DATE: 20th October 2014

Subject: Opinion about international military missions

Introduction

The purpose of this report is to inform your agency how the armed forces’ participation in international military missions is perceived in Poland. This report is based on the Polish MOD statistics, the survey conducted among soldiers as well as information gathered from the press and Internet sources.

Polish army for the last 15 years have been participating in 7 missions abroad. The Polish missions in Syria, Lebanon, Chad have already been finished; four more are ongoing in  Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Iraq. The biggest  mission is the Afghan one, with 2,600 Polish soldiers deployed there and 16 killed so far. The fewest soldiers serve In Iraq (c. 20 officers).

Generally, the public opinion in Poland has negative attitude to military missions. About 71% of people do not want to send our soldiers abroad, only 17% accept it. The cost of missions and threat level there are the major reasons for the lack of support. Most soldiers have positive attitude to the missions. which help them improve their skills.

Most soldiers think that to make our missions more effective and more safe, the government should modernize our army. Soldiers should be equipped with better equipment, for example special uniforms and weapons.

All things considered, I believe that our soldiers served well in missions abroad but some things need to be changed, mainly in our equipment.

Peacekeeping missions – level 3 writing tests

Another examination set on level 3 featuring peacekeeping missions as the central theme. It was already published in pdf format by the PAFSL in Łódź a long time ago. This file is also available below this test!

English examination set #L3/W/012

Level 3

Writing

Time: 90 minutes

Task One

Part A

On a peacekeeping mission you are responsible for contacts with the local authorities. They have made a request for securing the food and medicine convoy and the distribution place. You have received a letter from them with some information and questions. Write a reply to them  1) offering support, 2) specifying some details of your task and 3) asking for a quick reply. Use the notes below and write between 100 and 120 words. Remember not to copy the exact phrasing of the task instructions and input! Otherwise you will be penalised.

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Arms industry and defence projects – speaking

Arms industry and defence projects – yes, it is military related!

This time I’m presenting an English lesson focused on arms industry issues and vocabulary. The lesson which can be conducted via Skype or any other platform online, contains a few speaking topics with exercises on specialized vocabulary. The base of the initial, warm-up discussion is the article from www.foreignaffairs.com. Although it is an old article (written over 20 years ago), it’s worth reading because some of the author’s predictions came true and most of the author’s observations are still valid, 20 years later. Below you will find the presentation which I utilized during classes and my explanation how each slide can be used/exploited during the lesson. Enjoy and share your comments.

Slide number and comments:

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Arms industry topics – level 3 writing test

The new examination set on level 3. Today topics related to European Defence Agency (EDA) and arms industry in general. You can also download a pdf version of this test from below the article.

English examination set #L3/W/011

Level 3

Writing

Time: 90 minutes

Task One

Part A

You work for European Defence Agency in Brussels. Polish Ministry of Defence expressed their will to join one of your logistic projects. They have sent a letter to find out if it is possible. Write a reply 1) expressing your satisfaction from Poland’s decision , 2) asking for possible contribution to any suitable projects, 3) calling for the next Project Board meeting. Use the notes below and write between 100 and 120 words. Remember not to copy the exact phrasing of the task instructions or input! Otherwise, you will be penalised.

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Security meetings in Afghanistan – L3 writing test

The new examination set on level 3. As usual, the example answers will follow as soon as my students do this set. You can also download a pdf version of this test from below the article.

English examination set #L3/W/010

Level 3

Writing

Time: 90 minutes

Task One

Part A

You have received a letter asking to organize a conference about security for the military personnel. Write a reply 1) agreeing to the request, 2) asking for more information, 3) making suggestions and giving reasons for them. Use the notes below and write between 100 and 120 words. Remember not to copy the exact phrasing of the task instructions or input! Otherwise, you will be penalised.

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Advising on security issues – speaking activities

Fort security issues – advising

Military sentry with a dog. Security issues in the military forts - English speaking activitiesThis time I would like to share my idea for an English lesson on security issues and advising. The whole lesson is based on an article online, additional multiple choice exercise created on kubbu.com and the presentation where I presented necessary grammar and vocabulary. The presentation was used during online teaching session via Skype.

Fort Carson – new security rules

First, as usual, I send the link to the base article. This time I chose the recent article from Military.com. You can find it here. Since the following exercise has imposed time limit for each question, I advised students to read the article at least twice before moving on to the exercise.

Security related exercise

Then I asked students to do one exercise accesible on Kubbu.com prior to our Skype session. If  you want to check on this exercise you can go to a direct link to the exercise and do it as an anonymous user. (link to the exercise here). Kubbu.com helps you monitor each student’s progress and has basic accesibility settings. And my favourite options – deadlines for the students and the time limit setting for each question!

Advising via Skype – English speaking class

Then I conducted 60 minutes session on Skype during which I shared my desktop displaying the following presentation:

If you like my ideas for English lessons, try them yourselves. Do not forget to share your comments to improve my lessons too.

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