We have already announced on Facebook that a new book would appear on the market soon. The time has come. As I promised, this is a hot review of the pre-printed copy I got from the author.
A new textbook for those attempting Stanag6001 exams
If you prepare for any English exam, sooner or later, you must do some pre-exam tests. Not only to test your level of knowledge and your readiness in general. First of all, you must familiarize with the type of exercises you will be asked to do during the actual exam. The same concerns military English exams. Each country developed its own examination models and they are standard ones, that means you can have a look at the earlier exam editions and learn what to expect when your moment arrives. But where can you find the previous exams? The answer was here, on my website. From 2012 I have been trying to fill in the gap, providing English resources for both, students and teachers, but since February 2017 you can reach for another source of knowledge too.
speaking and writing expert – Stanag6001 level 3
This year a new book appeared on the market. It is “Speaking And Writing Expert. How to Pass STANAG 6001 English Exam LEVEL 3” by Małgorzata Mazurek – a Polish English teacher working for the military school of foreign languages in Warsaw. She devoted several years of her professional career to teach military students English. The book is the natural consequence of the scarcity of the resources on the market and her answer to the problem. Let’s have a look at what you can get once you decide to buy it. Continue reading “New text book for military learners – level 3” »
Like it or not, you will have to deal with it. Contemporary military personnel spend much time on meetings, either preparing them, either participating or reporting. You can call them sometimes briefings (sounds more military-like), but they are similar in nature to business or political level meetings. They have a lot in common so you cannot get away with not knowing its basic elements and related vocabulary. You’d better acquire some useful phrases, then you will be able to handle any meetings. For your convenience, the full lexical summary (a cheatsheet in an alphabetical order) is provided at the end of the article. Continue reading “Meeting in progress” »
While preparing for the exam you usually wonder what tasks you would receive. Here are the latest speaking topics you would be required to deal with at the exam on level 3. Not difficult, still need to be developed in advance to avoid surprises. If you try to answer the tasks now, your final performence at the exam will be much better and smooth. Each set contains some statements and possible options supporting/delevoping it – let’s call them “hints for students”. Continue reading “Speaking topics for level 3 exam” »
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.
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.
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This 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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