level 3 listening test

STANAG 6001 test derived from the Central Examination Board for  Foreign Languages of the Ministry of National Defense (CEBFL) in Poland. It was adjusted a little to make it easier for the site visitors to practise on-line. The whole test is designed to test your listening comprehension within 40 minutes. Any time the break is required, you will be informed and must count this time yourself. Recordings from task 1&2  are played twice during exam with a short break between. The third task includes short recordings which are played only once! For those who wish to have a script of the recordings, there is a pdf version Continue reading “level 3 listening test” »

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

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Level 3 – a new exam model in Poland

New… but old

I must be honest with you – that exam model is not that new because Polish Armed Forces School of Languages (PAFSL) introduced it as early as September, 2015. Even though I decided to describe it as “new” because some of you, accustomed to the older exam model, while trying to confirm or upgrade your language certificate, might be surprised during the exam. Those who took last exam some years ago, must adjust now to Continue reading “Level 3 – a new exam model in Poland” »

Conjunctions – introduction to compound and complex sentences

FANBOYS conjunctions: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, soConjunctions – introduction

Whenever you want to show your proficiency in writing or speaking you should demonstrate that you are capable of writing longer, more complex sentences. It is not possible without a proper conjunction though. Putting two ideas from seperate single sentences into one sentence requires from writers/speakers to use conjunctions. Today, I will present the basic set of conjunctions to use to make logical connection between the ideas you want to sell. This basic set, often described as a mnemonic FAN BOYS, Continue reading “Conjunctions – introduction to compound and complex sentences” »

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

Modal verbs

Modal verbs – a handy summary

Modal verbs are often troublesome to many students. First of all, you must rememeber that all but ought & have requireModal verbs in English - can, could, may, might, shall, should, must, have to, ought to, will, would no preposition with the following verb. Secondly, as it is true for modal verbs, they do not need any operators to create questions or negative statements. Although we have a small number of modal verbs they can express multiple states and intentions. Below I present almost all possible meanings they can bear in sencences. In my research for a good grammar explanation of modal verbs usage I found a perfect summary in Grammarway by Jenny Dooley and Virginia Evans. It is still available on Amazon. Just click the picture. Grammarway by Jenny Dooley and Virginia Evans
At some time of your English education you must  have come across one of the books attributed to these English gurus. The following theory was organized in the order they propose, but the examples are mine.

Below the article you will find a link to an interactive exercise on modal verbs. You can also download this exercise in .pdf format to print out and do at home.

Here is the list of meanings of any modal verbs you might use: Continue reading “Modal verbs” »