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Immigrants – vocabulary exercises

Editorial note:
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.

Terrorist attack in France

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Conjunctions – introduction to compound and complex sentences

FANBOYS conjunctions: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, soConjunctions – introduction

Whenever you want to show your proficiency in writing or speaking you should demonstrate that you are capable of writing longer, more complex sentences. It is not possible without a proper conjunction though. Putting two ideas from seperate single sentences into one sentence requires from writers/speakers to use conjunctions. Today, I will present the basic set of conjunctions to use to make logical connection between the ideas you want to sell. This basic set, often described as a mnemonic FAN BOYS, Continue reading “Conjunctions – introduction to compound and complex sentences” »

Concise writing – wordiness and redundancy

Wordiness and redundancy

A writer must write concise sentences. Avoid wordiness and redundancies in your papers.Generally, when checking the students’ work I try not to interfere with their style. Simple eradication of errors is enough to make them perform much better. But sometimes you need to correct their style, especially when the better expressions save a lot of words thus fit all ideas into the words limit. Getting rid of so called wordiness and redundancy may work a dream and drop your words number from e.g. 100 to 80. Just enough to prevent you from receiving penalty points for excesive wording.

Wordiness and redundancy – how to avoid

Passive voice. First thing you can easily eliminate in your writing is the passive voice. Unless it is absolutely necessary (another example of redundancy) you should use an active voice to present your ideas.

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Peacekeeping missions – level 3 writing tests

Another examination set on level 3 featuring peacekeeping missions as the central theme. It was already published in pdf format by the PAFSL in Łódź a long time ago. This file is also available below this test!

English examination set #L3/W/012

Level 3

Writing

Time: 90 minutes

Task One

Part A

On a peacekeeping mission you are responsible for contacts with the local authorities. They have made a request for securing the food and medicine convoy and the distribution place. You have received a letter from them with some information and questions. Write a reply to them  1) offering support, 2) specifying some details of your task and 3) asking for a quick reply. Use the notes below and write between 100 and 120 words. Remember not to copy the exact phrasing of the task instructions and input! Otherwise you will be penalised.
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Arms industry topics – level 3 writing test

The new examination set on level 3. Today topics related to European Defence Agency (EDA) and arms industry in general. You can also download a pdf version of this test from below the article.

English examination set #L3/W/011

Level 3

Writing

Time: 90 minutes

Task One

Part A

You work for European Defence Agency in Brussels. Polish Ministry of Defence expressed their will to join one of your logistic projects. They have sent a letter to find out if it is possible. Write a reply 1) expressing your satisfaction from Poland’s decision , 2) asking for possible contribution to any suitable projects, 3) calling for the next Project Board meeting. Use the notes below and write between 100 and 120 words. Remember not to copy the exact phrasing of the task instructions or input! Otherwise, you will be penalised.

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Security meetings in Afghanistan – L3 writing test

The new examination set on level 3. As usual, the example answers will follow as soon as my students do this set. You can also download a pdf version of this test from below the article.

English examination set #L3/W/010

Level 3

Writing

Time: 90 minutes

Task One

Part A

You have received a letter asking to organize a conference about security for the military personnel. Write a reply 1) agreeing to the request, 2) asking for more information, 3) making suggestions and giving reasons for them. Use the notes below and write between 100 and 120 words. Remember not to copy the exact phrasing of the task instructions or input! Otherwise, you will be penalised.

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