SLP 3333 – speaking topics

English exam on level 3 – speaking

Below you will find several topics that in the past were discussed during Polish military exams according to STANAG 6001 standards. During level 3 exams you may be asked either to give a presentation (run a briefing) either to lead a discussion on a specific subject.

Today I’m publishing several discussion topics and briefings subjects you may practise prior to the actual exam.

Remember that more important is to practise hasty speech in public than advanced discourse on a specific matter. It’s more about training your speaker’s skills than your extended vocabulary. It is always better to speak smoothly with limited lexis than to have extended vocabulary and stummer at every word. Show your proficiency and show off a little bit – it works! 😉

Discussion topics

(L3/S/001)

Mass Media

Nowadays there are numerous sources of information. Look at the list below. Discuss the following media and try to agree which of them is the most and the least informative. Be ready to justify your choice.

   TV                 radio                 press                 the Internet

What makes the mass media so influential?
What can be done to ensure objectivity of the media?

(L3/S/002)

Military

The Polish Armed Forces are undergoing significant changes. Look at the list below. Discuss the following areas of change and try to agree which is the most and the least important. Be ready to justify your choice.

 professional army       equipment       system of training       personnel policy

What has caused the decreasing popularity of joining the military?
What can be done to improve interoperability with other Armed Forces?

(L3/S/003)

Social problems

There are many social problems facing modern society nowadays. Look at the list below. Discuss the problems and try to agree which of them is the most and the least serious. Be ready to justify your choice.

      workaholism               addictions                  emigration                   poverty

What has made so many people leave Poland?
What can be done to improve working conditions in Poland?

(L3/S/004)

Health

The number of overweight people has been increasing rapidly. Look at the list below. Discuss the reasons for obesity and try to agree which is the most and the least serious. Be ready to justify your choice.

exercise                      food                       genes                        stress

What are the causes of the spread of various diseases in poor countries?
What should be done to fight poverty in the world?

(L3/S/005)

Disasters

The number of people who die in road accidents is steadily growing due to different reasons. Look at the list below. Discuss the following areas and try to agree which is the most and the least serious. Be ready to justify your choice.

 roads             vehicles              driving style              driving courses

What causes so many victims and so much damage in natural disasters?
What should be done to slow down global warming?

(L3/S/006)

Conflicts

Polish troops have recently started the mission in Afghanistan. Our soldiers may face many problems there. Look at the list below. Discuss the problem areas and try to agree which is the most and the least serious. Be ready to justify your choice.

EQUIPMENT       LANGUAGE/CULTURE      CLIMATE        TASKS

How have the ongoing military conflicts influenced the world?
What should be done to help people affected by military conflicts?

(L3/S/007)

Crime

People face a lot of different crimes nowadays. Look at the list below. Discuss how people can protect themselves against these crimes and decide which of them is the most and the least serious. Be ready to justify your choice.

BURGLARY     CAR THEFT      ARMED ROBBERY        PICKPOCKETING

What causes so much violence among teenagers?
What can be done by the government to prevent crime in Poland?

(L3/S/008)

Sport

Some sports are considered to be dangerous. Look at the list below. Discuss the dangers connected with them and try to agree which of these sports is the most and the least dangerous. Be ready to justify your choice.

BODYBUILDING       CAR RACING       CLIMBING      BOXING

What makes practicing sport in Poland difficult and unpopular?
What needs to be done to prepare Poland well for EURO 2012?

(L3/S/009)

Inventions

Technology is developing very fast nowadays. Look at the list below. Talk about advantages and disadvantages of the following inventions and try to agree which of them influenced our lives the most and the least. Be ready to justify your choice.

TELEPHONE       COMPUTER        PLANE        TELEVISION

What military technology has proved that progress can be dangerous and harmful? Why?
How might technological progress change our life in the future?

(L3/S/010)

Work

People do a lot of different jobs. Look below at the list of people who have responsible jobs. Discuss advantages and disadvantages of the following jobs and try to agree which of them is the most and the least responsible. Be ready to justify your choice.

POLITICIAN       DOCTOR         JOURNALIST        SOLDIER

What has caused the increasing unemployment in Poland?
What might be the consequences of so many young people leaving Poland now?

Briefing subjects

(L3/S/011)

The maintenance division you work for got less money for the equipment than needed, so a careful decision on how to spend it is necessary. Give a briefing on two possible ways of spending money describing their advantages and disadvantages. Recommend one and justify your choice.

  • buy some modern equipment
  • upgrade the old equipment
  • other

(L3/S/012)

The medical station in your unit is located in an old building which is too small and in poor condition. It has to be moved to another place. Give a briefing on two possible solutions describing their advantages and disadvantages. Recommend one and explain why.

  • construction of a new building
  • adaptation of another building
  • other

(L3/S/013)

There will be a multinational exercise held in the UK soon. Its aim is to put emergency procedures for a terrorist attack into practice. Give a briefing on two candidate platoons describing their advantages and disadvantages. Think of: skills, experience, languages. Recommend one platoon and justify your choice.

  • platoon Alpha
  • platoon Beta

(L3/S/014)

The command of your unit have been asked by the local authorities for their opinion about selling some land next to your unit grounds. There are two companies offering different investments. Give a briefing to assess the influence of the potential investments on the unit describing their advantages and disadvantages. Recommend the more acceptable one and justify your choice.

  • investment A
  • investment B

(L3/S/015)

You work in a military base abroad. A plan to close a primary school in the base and send children to a big school in town raised the parents’ concern. As a PR officer, you are to present the problem to the military authorities and suggest solutions. Give a briefing describing advantages and disadvantages of two of them. Recommend one solution and justify your choice.

  • keeping the school
  • sending kids to a local school
  • other

(L3/S/016)

On a UN mission you were tasked with preparing a plan for the delivery of new equipment. It has to be transported to the camp 350 km away. Give a briefing on two possible ways of supplying the equipment describing their advantages and disadvantages. Recommend one and justify your choice.

  • one big convoy
  • two convoys
  • other

(L3/S/017)

Recently there was a theft of a vehicle from the base car park. An inspection revealed it is not secured sufficiently. Give a briefing on two solutions to the problem describing their advantages and disadvantages. Recommend one and justify your choice.

  • electronic monitoring
  • more sentries and patrols
  • other

(L3/S/018)

You serve in a remote UN outpost in Africa. There have been cases of people stealing supplies delivered by land. Give a briefing on two solutions to the problem describing their advantages and disadvantages. Recommend one and justify your choice.

  • better protection
  • delivery by air
  • other

(L3/S/019)

Anti-narcotic tests conducted in the unit showed that many young soldiers use drugs on the base. You are to prepare a prevention program. Give a briefing on two solutions describing their advantages and disadvantages. Recommend one and justify your choice.

  • anti-drug talks for troops
  • tighter supervision of troops
  • other

(L3/S/020)

Some barracks in your unit are to be renovated. You have been tasked with finding
a company to do it. Give a briefing in which you present two building teams describing their advantages and disadvantages. Recommend one company and justify your choice.

  • a military construction team
  • a private building company