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Car-related vocabulary – follow on

Military English exercise. A crossword on vocabulary related to cars.Vehicle-related vocabulary – a crossword

If you did the previous exercises (link here), you will be able to do this refreshing exercise – the crossword with all entries taken from the previous lesson. Hidden answer will tell what will be the subject of the next exercises to prepare you for better handling of speaking tasks on level 2-3-4.


2 14
4 6 9 11 15
1 7 8
10 16 17 19
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Entry definitions:

  1. Feature important for the family cars
  2. Old model, but with new elements, upgraded
  3. Uses satellites to position in space
  4. This type of vehicle can roll easily
  5. Prevent heavy injuries in case of crash
  6. Rotate around a given axis
  7. That type of vehicle can move on land and water as well
  8. Not wheeled vehicle, but with wheels
  9. Individually prepared according to customer’s wishes
  10. How far your car can go
  11. Not self-propelled and not pushed but still moving
  12. How fast you can gain speed
  13. Prevents backbone injuries when accidents happen and increases comfort of driving
  14. The more spacious the car is it is bigger
  15. All terain, cross-country
  16. You pour gas there when refuelling
  17. Military vehicle with great ambush protection and resistance to mines explosions
  18. How long an item can resist damage or remain unchanged
  19. Anti-lock braking system

Reading comprehension level 4 STANAG 6001 test SLP 4444

Reading test logo from STANAG6001 military English web serviceReading test – level 4


Task One

Read each of the texts below and then complete the sentence, which comes under the text, using no more than five words to show that you have understood the text.

An example has been provided for you.

0.     Chee Soon Juan, leader of the Singapore Democratic party, pleaded not guilty to the charge of speaking in public without a permit, over a speech made in February. The case highlights the state restrictions on free speech.

In Singapore one has to ____have a permit/have permission ___ to speak in public

1.      The attempt by Beyoncé and Jay-Z to register their infant daughter’s name as a trade mark in the US appears to be continuing in spite of the fact that a wedding planner, who has been running a business with the same name since 2009, has been given the go ahead by the US Patent and Trademark Office to carry on using the name Blue Ivy for events.

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Level 4 test – listening part

listening resources for STANAG 6001 testsIt’s another STANAG 6001 test derived from the Central Examination Board for  Foreign Languages of the Ministry of National Defense (CEBFL) in Poland. Again, it was adjusted a little to make it easier for the site visitors to practise on-line.

Listening test – SLP 4444


Task One

You are going to listen to six news items. Listen and choose the best answer A, B, C or D. You can hear the items once only. I repeat, once only. Take a break of 30 seconds before each news item to read through the questions to that item.

1. Recently, the Congolese President …

Play/download task 1_1 here.

A.     has invited foreigners to join the Congolese Army
B.     has promised to tighten cooperation with Rwanda
C.     has authorized the use of force against the rebels
D.     has criticized the proxy war between Hutus and Tutsis

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Language training – military report

Military report – SLP level 4444

Below you will find an example of a report on one of the previously presented topics. It deals with a fictional need of language training in one of the Polish military unit. The original task for this answer is here.

To: Unit Commander

From: xxx

Subject: Language training preparation

1. Introduction

This report is to propose a constructive way forward regarding how to equip a classroom with necessary teaching aids and find teachers to support language training within the unit.

Our unit has to adhere to the MoD Directive 2349-2012 and reach the assumed interoperability in terms of language skills by the end of 2013. This will require providing additional language classes for 80 soldiers next year.

2. Classroom equipment

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Writing – level 4 task

Writing task – level 4


Your unit is going to organize its own language classroom to intensify language training of the unit and you have been tasked with writing a report on the matter. In your writing (1)propose basic equipment the classroom should contain to provide proper language training (2) propose trainers to be responsible for the whole language course (3) discuss organizational issues (4) speculate how long the course should last (5) analyze the possibility of outsourcing option (6) make recommendations on the course programme. Justify your opinions. Write between 500 and 600 words. You have 70 minutes for this task. Below are some prompts that may help you.

Why tablets are lousy learning devices and how they could be better?

(Modern Technology Blog)

Tablet ownership among college students has correspondingly skyrocketed and a Pearson Foundation survey found that it has tripled from a year ago. One-quarter of college students currently own a tablet.

(Tablets sales. Business Quarterly Report. Yahoo Finance Web Services)

Chart with tablets sales figures. Units in millions.

Tablets sales figures from 2010 to 2012. Units in millions.

Interactive IQ board: PLN 3499; White board: PLN 607; iPad-2: PLN 1720;

Modern Teaching Co. provides your organization with the appropriate task-tailored language training, meeting all specified requirements. Our teachers proudly work for various military units Europe-wide. Negotiable rates start from €30ph at our premises or in your unit if requested.

(Modern Teaching – a newspaper ad.)

The Polish Armed Forces have already trained 30 teachers capable of providing language training as part of the Mobile Teaching Team (MTT). (MoD website)

To meet NATO requirements, all Polish units should achieve language interoperability on level 3333 till the end of 2013. (MoD Directive 2349-2012)

Various Opinions:

Wow! It’s great! I can work on the IQ board for hours! (Erica,10 – 4th grade student)

I hate being forced to use state-of-the-art technology when everything I need is to learn foreign language (Karol, 38 – CPT, POL-A)

The civilians trying to teach military topics suck! They have no idea what they are talking about. (Hans, 23 – SGT, DEU-AF)

Level 4 exam – marking considerations

STANAG exam requirements

As far as the exam requirements are concerned there is nothing surprising about the fact that your four basic linguistic skills will be tested. There is a fixed sequence of the skills tests. Reading goes as the first one, then listening follows, then writing and eventually speaking. In each part the examinee should show his/her proficiency in English, but how we are marked for our performance depends on the assessment criteria and the assessors’ evaluation. Fortunately, the assessment criteria are not a mistery any longer.

STANAG 6001 – marking system

The assessment criteria introduced to Polish examination boards are very simple and clear. For each part of the exam you can receive 20 points in total. Many people are familiar with that number of points to get, however, not many know that the total number of points you are awarded consists of four components (applicable to so called productive skills only). For each skill there are different components which are subject to evaluation during the exam.

For writing it will be :

1) grammatical range and accuracy – max. 6 points;
2) lexical range and accuracy – max. 6 points;
3) task achievements – max. 6 points;
4) organisation – max. 2 points.

For speaking it will be:

1) grammatical range and accuracy – max. 6 points;
2) vocabulary range and accuracy – max. 6 points;
3) presentation skills – max. 5 points;
4) interactive ability – max. 3 points.

If you fail any of the productive components, you cannot pass the whole skill part of the exam. E.g. you can get 6 points for writing accuracy, 6 points for lexical range, but you failed in task achievement and you got two points for organisation. The total number of points is 14, theoretically it still  is the pass mark, but since you didn’t achieve the overarching goal of your task, you are not given the credit for your writing. To make things worse, to pass the components you are required to fit your performance into so called ‘top band‘ or ‘pass band‘. It means that in case of grammatical range and accuracy you have to obtain at least 4 points out of 6 available in the rating scale.

 Writing – rating scale:

Grammatical range and accuracy Lexical range and accuracy Task achievement Organisation
Top band

wide range of structures, including the use of complex structures;
complete accuracy achieved

6 points

wide range of lexical resources, including complex lexis;
complete accuracy and appropriacy

6 points

all seven elements fulfilled in a satisfactory manner;
full use of supporting evidence and convincing arguments

6 points

as in the pass band

2 points

Pass band

wide range of structures, including the use of complex structures;
a few problems with complex structures;
all other structures accurate

4 points

wide range of lexical resources, including complex lexis;
minor slips in complex lexis;
all other lexis accurate and appropriate

4 points

six elements fulfilled in a satisfactory manner;
adequate use of supporting evidence and convincing arguments

4 points

paragraphs/sections well-defined and concise;
text easy to follow

2 points

Fail band wide range of structures used, including the use of complex structures; noticeable problems with complex structures; all other structures accurate

2 points

lexical accuracy generally high; complex lexis either not attempted or, if attempted, showing noticeable inaccuracies and inappropriacies

2 points

no more than five elements fulfilled in a satisfactory manner; weak or irrelevant supporting evidence and unconvincing arguments used

2 points

paragraphs/sections present but either poorly defined or not concise; text difficult to follow at times

0 points

Bad fail band wide range of simple to middle level structures; no attempt at complex structures, or if attempted, mostly inaccurate

0 points

inaccuracies and inappropiacies even in middle-level lexis

0 points

several elements not attempted or done in an unsatisfactory manner; unsatisfactory use of supporting evidence; unconvincing arguments

0 points

as in the fail band

0 points

 Speaking – rating scale:

Grammatical range and accuracy
To be assessed throughout the whole exam
Vocabulary range and accuracy
To be assessed throughout the whole exam
Presentation skills
To be assessed in the second task only
Interactive ability
To be assessed in the third task only
Top band

all structures including complex structures fully accurate

6 points

wide range of vocabulary and complex lexis used accurately; no searching for words;
no avoidance strategy applied

6 points

presentation logical and clear;
very good organisation:
– clearly marked sections
– smooth transitions
– perfect time management;a native-like fluency with
natural hesitations

5 points

awareness of the partner’s arguments and fully communicative / co-operative response to them;
turn taking maintained and noticeable attempts to involve the partner in discussion (the interlocutor’s involvement is not necessary)

3 points

Pass band

all structures including complex structures used but minor slips or few mistakes may occur;
if mistakes appear
self-correction technique is applied

4 points

wide range of vocabulary though occasional groping
for words may be present;
gaps readily overcome with circumlocution;
minor slips repaired

4 points

presentation logical and clear;
good organisation:
– clearly-marked sections
– transitions not always
– minor defects in time

good fluency, hesitations to order ideas but not in search for lexis.

4 points

awareness and understanding of the partner’s arguments
though asking for clarification may appear;
turn taking mostly maintained though the interlocutor’s assistance may once be given in case one candidate dominates

2 points

Fail band no complex structures
attempted or attempted
mistakes in simple
structures may occur without selfcorrection

2 points

range of vocabulary
not adequate to cope with the topic;
groping for words
avoidance strategy
often used leading
to simplification of

2 points

occasional lack of logic and clarity;
organisation disturbed:
– not clearly marked
– rough transitions
– impaired time
management (e.g. parts
over-stretched or missing);fluency not maintained at times due to groping for

2 points

awareness and understanding of the partner’s arguments are limited;
unwillingness to ask for clarification is apparent;
turn taking mostly maintained though the interlocutor’s assistance is occasionally necessary if one candidate is constantly dominant or the other unwilling to speak

1 point

Bad fail band noticeable mistakes and/or noticeable simplification of the language used

0 points

noticeable misuse
of vocabulary

0 points

lack of logic and clarity;
bad organisation:
– no divisions into sections
– no transitions
– poor time management
(e.g. presentation not
finished);fluency not maintained
because of frequent groping for words.

0 points

ignoring or misunderstanding
the partner’s arguments or/and lack of appropriate response;
turn taking noticeably
no attempts to involve the partner in discussion (the
interlocutor’s assistance
frequently needed

0 points

Both tables – courtesy of Central Examination Board of the Polish MoD, “Model egzaminu z języka angielskiego”, Łódź, 2007