Different teaching standards

Today, some more thoughts about different approaches to military language courses and exams.

Since STANAG6001 does not enforce any criteria, nor standards in teaching, the military in each country have developed their own way of reaching the given language proficiency. All countries have developed centralized language education centres which provide the military students with full-time courses in a given facility. Some others offer on-line courses and mobile teaching teams as well.

In Poland, teaching foreign languages was strictly regulated by Minister’s of National Defence Decision #501/MON, dated 29th of December, 2010. According to this document only several military-owned language centres can organize language courses and exams. In particular situations, where education in the centres is not possible (e.g. too many or too few candidates), military units can Continue reading “Different teaching standards” »

Different exams

What is STANAG 6001 exam

STANAG6001 language examsSince recently I have received many inquires from different countries about exam format and any samples available, I decided to address those concerns and clarify a bit on the possible exam formats.

First of all, please, bear in mind that STANAG 6001 does not impose on NATO memebrs any particular form of the military English exams. Continue reading “Different exams” »

Briefing – examples

Briefings in the military

Since the ability to present your own ideas is one of the essential skills you should master in the military, I propose some exercises for you. To practise your presentation skills and speaking in front of the audience, try to prepare the following topics and brief them to anybody around. It will prepare you for public speeches or any briefings you may be required to deliver.

Military briefings - the art of speaking in public

Image source: http://www.army.mil

The English teachers may treat the following topics as the classroom activities while practising speaking skills. If you combine these presentations with classroom discussions, you have ready-to-use resource for asking, responding, speculating, giving opinions or arguing activities – you name it. Each topic is a perfect reason for searching for and mastering the specialized vocabulary from your field of expertise.

This is the list of topics covered in the post:

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Radio communication rules

Today, I present a summary of radio correspondence rules. This topic popped up while I was writing instruction for a tactical game “The Patrol.” Since the game is almost ready, you can expect it to be available soon.

Radio communication – basic rules

Military radio communication procedures and basic data.While exchanging the messages over the radio you should follow some basic rules to comply with international standards, both in the civil and military conditions alike. Below you will find the basic, fixed radio phraseology used for the purpose of radio transmissions along with some military procedures to follow.

Universal rules of radio communication

1)    Before you press the transmission button, gather your thoughts about what you are going to say. Many people with radios have a tendency to talk and/or repeat too much. Say what you need to say without unnecessary repeats. Keep in mind that your message should go through the first time – you may not have any opportunity to repeat it. Continue reading “Radio communication rules” »

MEDEVAC request

MEDEVAC  request – 9-liner

No matter what formation you are from, the most desired assets and forces you would like to see in a shity situation are the angels with red cross on helos – MEDEVAC crews. They are nicknamed DUSTOFF in Afghanistan and they go where the humans and sophisticated equipment failed, leading to some casualties. Before they come to rescue you they must be called in. And then this post comes in handy. Continue reading “MEDEVAC request” »

Reading test – level 2

Below, you’ll find a level 2 (SLP 2222) reading comprehension test. It’s a courtesy of CKEJO MON. The answer key is given at the end of the test.

READING test, level 2


Task One

Read the text and choose the right answer.

The Big Biggs

In 1963 Ronald Biggs, together with other gang members, stole £2.6 million from a mail train, the equivalent of around £40 million today. After being convicted and jailed, Biggs escaped from prison on 7 July 1965. He then fled to Paris, where he acquired new identity papers and underwent plastic surgery. Continue reading “Reading test – level 2” »