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Military patrols and radio communication lesson plan

Military patrols

As the base for pre-class students’ preparation I used the article from “The Guardian.” It is about the British troops serving in Afghanistan and their problems there. A big portion of the article online deals with British patrols‘ experiences and the problems they faced in Sangin. In subsequent slides of my presentation below, I dealt with radio communication in English and the basic rules every radio traffic features.

English radio communication

As an illustration for the radio communication exercise I used assorted Internet sourced pictures. Each picture requires from students reporting different events and settings. There is a theory of radio communication provided along with some examples how the communication could possibly look like.

The links to the article and recording were sent before the classes. During the classes I shared on Skype the following presentation:

The students had necessary details already in the pictures provided or in additional notes/graphics included. It’s up to the students to decide what to use and how to compose the radio messages. Skype works perfectly when simulating radio traffic, especially in a conference mode with more than just one attendee.

Speaking exercises – level3 – terrorism topic

Terrorism-related topics

Here are some exercises, designed for level 3 students. The main topic is terrorism. As the base for online discussion I chose the recent article from www.duffelblog.com. This way I combined the source of required vocabulary with a funny approach to a serious subject.

Below you will find my lesson plan, that is how to approach terrorism-related class. Enjoy and share any feedback from your classes.

Terrorism – English vocabulary enhancing class

1) First, I send a link to an article online I chose as the base for further discussion. (see the link above). Along with the link I sent the same article but copied to Word file with some words in bold and underlined. It’s up to you to decide which aspect/element of the article you want to stress.

2) During the meeting I shared my desktop with the students, showing them the presentation you can find below.

3) Then we start discussion from expressing students’ opinion on the article. (slide #2)

4) Then I asked students to group all bold words into two groups of synonyms. (slide #4)

5) Subsequently I encoured students to find out/list any other synonyms to those already listed. (slide #6)

6) Slide #7 shows some possible topics you can offer to discuss further the terrorism and its aspects.

7) Slide #8, a thought provoking drawing is a funny break in the discussion. Another example how you can demand from students expressing their opinions.

8) The next slide just reveals what were the lesson objectives and what they have just practised. To check the students’ performance you can proceed to next slides.

9) On slides #10 and #11 I suggested some useful expressions the students may have already used or would learn as the new ones.

10) To force them to use those expressions on lide #12 are given some controversial statements they may agree or disagree with.

11) The word cloud on slide #13 is just one of the possible representations of the vocabulary needed for any discussions about terrorism.

12) Slide #14 – just a reminder how the proper conditional sentence should be constructed. Tell students to finish the sentences.

13) Another grammar drill is presented on the last slide # 15. When it comes to reporting some events, the students for sure will use one of the presented structures and tenses.

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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