HOW TO WRITE A LETTER OF APOLOGY

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STANAG 6001 writing tasks, ESPECIALLY LEVEL 3,  may include elements of a letter of apology. As this is the last type of formal letters I describe in MY BOOK, I will also like to remind you all important information about formal … Read More

5 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH ON HOLIDAY

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The summer season is finally here and some people are planning to have rest. I believe that it’s a great time to improve your English. Why? Because learning is the most effective in a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere. Holiday season … Read More

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE – DISCUSSION TOPICS LEVEL 3

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The STANAG 6001 speaking exam level 3 TASK TWO, or the so called discussion, means discussing various topics ad hoc.   One of the subjects listed in the exam description is HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. This topic can involve different subject areas. To see … Read More

HOW TO USE AUTHENTIC MATERIALS

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WHY USE AUTHENTIC MATERIALS Why use authentic materials when preparing for STANAG 6001 exams in English? Or should I rather ask why not use them? TOO DIFFICULT? I think that many people believe that authentic articles, films, series, videos or … Read More

DISCUSSION TOPICS – ONLINE SHOPPING

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The STANAG 6001 speaking exam level 3 TASK TWO, or the so called discussion, can mean discussing various topics ad hoc. One of the subjects listed in the exam description is SHOPPING. This topic can involve different subject areas. To see … Read More

AT THE BANK – LEVEL 2 ROLE-PLAYS

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The speaking level 2 STANAG 6001 exam in English. Here’s an example of level 2 exam questions and possible answers. Part 1 Warm-up questions (are always the same) and take max. 2 minutes What’s your name? > My name is … Read More

STANAG 6001 LEVEL 2 WRITING

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Continuing the series of posts about LEVEL 2, today I would like to write a few words about WRITING. TIMING AND TASKS The exam takes 75 minutes and candidates must write two texts. Both texts should consist of 150-200 words. … Read More

LANGUAGE BARRIER AND HOW TO OVERCOME IT

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WHAT IS THE INFAMOUS LANGUAGE BARRIER? Have you been learning a foreign language for years? At school, courses, online, private lessons? And what happens when you go on holiday abroad and want/need to say something? Do you instantly forget everything? … Read More

STANAG 6001 LEVEL 2 SPEAKING

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I receive many questions about STANAG 6001 LEVEL 2. So, I decided to devote a series of posts to SLP 2222. We’ll start today with a description of the level 2 SPEAKING exam. The exam in speaking takes about 12-13 … Read More

SEASON IDIOMS – EGGS, EGGS and more EGGS

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Every season is a good occasion to develop your vocabulary.This season brings EGGS to mind.So let us have a look at some egg idioms and expressions. This nice collection was selected by me and edited on the basis of information … Read More

HOW TO WRITE A LETTER OF APPLICATION

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STANAG 6001 writing tasks may include elements of a letter of application, and to be honest writing such letters is a very practical skill. You may need to write about your education, experience, interests on various occasions and for different … Read More

DISCUSSION TOPICS – EUROPEAN ISSUES

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The STANAG 6001 speaking exam level 3 TASK TWO, or the so called discussion, can mean discussing ad hoc various topics. One of the subject areas which appears more and more often now in the exam are “European issues”, involving … Read More

HOW TO EDIT YOUR OWN WRITING

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How to correct your writing for the STANAG 6001 exam in English? How to avoid mistakes? There are a few things you can do. Today I would like to focus on editing your own writing. PURPOSE Let’s start with explaining … Read More

DO UNIVERSAL IDEAS FOR STANAG 6001 BRIEFINGS EXIST?

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    I often receive questions about how to invent advantages and disadvantages for STANAG 6001 LEVEL 3 briefings. Some people even ask about universal ideas they could use in every briefing. The universal part of the briefing is its … Read More

WHY AND HOW TO PLAN YOUR WRITING?

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In theory, you certainly know that you should plan your writing. Yet, hardly anybody does. It is also true in the case of STANAG 6001 writing. Why is that so? I think people don’t see purpose in planning. They perceive … Read More

HOW TO WRITE A REPORT – BASIC INFORMATION

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The STANAG 6001 level 3 report is a form of an analytical piece of writing with specific requirements. The report constitutes TASK TWO of the exam in level 3 writing. There are always two report topics to chose from: one … Read More

MEMOS

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As requested by some of you, I would like to show you two STANAG 6001 level 3 memos written by some of my students, who wish to remain anonymous. The tasks come from the website of the Central Examination Board … Read More

GRAMMAR FOR STANAG EXAMS

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I have problems with grammar. My grammar is never correct. I mix up all these tenses. Sounds familiar? I need to revise some grammar! This is the most frequent statement I hear when people ask me for advice in preparing … Read More

DISCUSSION TOPICS – POLITICS

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Let’s talk about politics today as it is one of the topic areas of the STANAG 6001 level 3 speaking exam. First, I would like to show you some examples of exam questions in this topic area and then I … Read More

HOW NOT TO PANIC BEFORE SPEAKING – FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE

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Everyone around looks like they know something you don’t. You take out your notes and start revising randomly. It soon turns out you don’t remember it all. So you panic … and instead of warming up and preparing mentally to … Read More

SANTA CHALLENGE SOLVED – THE WINNING LETTER

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I’m pleased to announce that we have a winner of the Letter to Santa Challenge.   You can find the details of the task here: Letter to Santa Challenge   The winner of the challenge is Michał Makosz and with his … Read More

LETTER TO SANTA

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  WRITE A LETTER TO SANTA! Ho, ho, ho. Santa is here and he has a task for you.  Last year when the Christmas season arrived I was teaching STANAG 6001 level 3 writing. We were in the middle of practising … Read More

6 PRACTICAL TIPS ON HOW TO COME UP WITH ARGUMENTS

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One of the frequent problems people have both in writing and in speaking during the STANAG 6001 English exam level 3 is coming up with interesting arguments. In the post, you will find 6 practical solutions to this problem.   … Read More

CORRESPONDENCE FROM THE CZECH REPUBLIC

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We have a guest today on the blog. One of its readers from the Czech Republic agreed to write an article about the level 3 STANAG 6001 English exam in writing. Read on and find out what the writing looks … Read More

DISCUSSION TOPICS – CITY VERSUS COUNTRY

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How to practise gathering ideas and arguments for the level 3 speaking TASK 2? How to prepare yourself for the part of the oral exam that requires discussing general or military topics? In this post, you will find a few … Read More

CHALLENGE SOLVED – WE HAVE A WINNER!

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I am pleased to announce the results of the writing challenge! The task was to write a formal letter giving and requesting advice. You can see the details here: CHALLENGE_LETTER OF ADVICE The topic was the following: You have been tasked … Read More

WHAT ABOUT GRAMMAR?

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Is grammar really that important? Is it necessary to communicate? What do boring grammar exercises have in common with speaking? These are the often heard and asked questions which become especially important when we talk about exams. I’ll try to … Read More

FORMAL LETTERS AND EMAILS – GIVING AND REQUESTING ADVICE

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NEW CHALLENGE ON STANAGEXPER.COM BLOG! TAKE PART! How to write a formal letter in the STANAG 6001 level 3 exam? What to remember about? Do you want to learn how to write a letter and win a prize. Read on! … Read More

HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR READING

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READING TIPS FOR THOSE WHO WANT MORE FROM A TEXT How to practise reading effectively? How to make the most of it? How to use reading as a speaking practice tool? Reading is often considered the boring part. Unless you … Read More

HOW TO WRITE A MEMO?

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What is a memorandum? Let me quote Wikipedia which says that “a memorandum (abbrev.: memo; from Latin memorandum est, “It must be remembered (that)…”) is a note, document or other communication that helps the memory by recording events or observations on a topic, such as may be used in … Read More

SAMPLE DISCUSSION: FULL TEXT AND EXAM TIPS

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SAMPLE DISCUSSION: FULL TEXT AND EXAM TIPS What should a STANAG 6001 level 3 discussion be like? How to proceed about the three factors? Should there be a formal introduction? In the post, you will find the full text of … Read More

SAMPLE BRIEFING: FULL TEXT, NOTES AND QUESTIONS

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At the request of some students preparing for the level 3 speaking, I’m giving you today a sample STANAG 6001 level 3 briefing, followed by a plan/notes and examples of questions which might be asked by the second candidate about … Read More

COMMON MISTAKES TO BE AVOIDED IN THE WRITTEN EXAM

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Would you like to know what dooms most written exams at STANAG 6001 LEVEL 3? Do you want to be aware what the most frequent mistakes are? Do you wish to avoid them? I bet you do! This is the … Read More

READING – WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE EXAM

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Do you know what to expect at the STANAG 6001 level 3 READING exam? Read this post to find out about topics, text types, text length, time, skills you should have to do the tasks and marking criteria.   TEST … Read More

WRITING FORMAL LETTERS AND E-MAILS

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  Do you know that it’s a mistake to use contractions, such as ‘I’m’ or ‘they’ve’? Do you know why? Let’s say that you want to write a formal letter or e-mail in accordance with the requirements of the STANAG … Read More

WRITING – MARKING CRITERIA FOR STANAG 6001 LEVEL 3

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WRITING – MARKING CRITERIA FOR STANAG 6001 LEVEL 3 TASKS The written exam consists of two tasks. In TASK 1 you are required to write a formal letter/e-mail or a memorandum of a minimum of 120 words on job-related topics. There … Read More

7 COMMON MISTAKES TO AVOID IN A DISCUSSION

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What typical mistakes do people make when taking the STANAG 6001 level 3 so called discussion, that is TASK 2 of the spoken exam? What to do to avoid them? How to fulfill the exam requirements?   If you need … Read More

10 MOST COMMON MISTAKES TO AVOID IN A BRIEFING

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10 MOST COMMON MISTAKES TO AVOID IN A BRIEFING Today, I want to tell you about ten most common mistakes people make when giving a briefing at the STANAG level 3 speaking and what to do to avoid them. 1. … Read More

WHY IS THE STANAG 6001 LEVEL 3 SPEAKING SO DIFFICULT?

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WHY IS THE STANAG LEVEL 3 SPEAKING SO DIFFICULT?     If you are interested in passing STANAG 6001 level 3, you have probably already heard how difficult it is. So, why is it so difficult? And what to do … Read More

FORMAL WRITING – HOW TO START

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FORMAL WRITING – HOW TO START The question many of you might be asking yourselves when preparing for the written exam is where or how to start. Many people think that formal writing in English is very difficult. The truth … Read More

HOW TO PRACTISE SPEAKING ON YOUR OWN

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SELF-STUDY TIPS FOR PRACTISING SPEAKING I know…you may ask me now how it is possible to practise speaking on your own. I agree that it would be ideal to have someone to talk to, preferably a native speaker, a private … Read More

DISCUSSION TOPICS – TOURISM

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LEVEL 3 DISCUSSION TOPICS – TOURISM You often ask me how to prepare to the discussion (task 2, part A). The difficulty in this case lies in finding ad hoc good and interesting arguments for a given topic. The number of … Read More

SAMPLE DISCUSSION

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SAMPLE DISCUSSION   Today I would like to show you a sample discussion. It comes from my book SPEAKING AND WRITING EXPERT. How to Pass STANAG 6001 English Exam. Level 3. Please note that it is only an example whose … Read More

DISCUSSION-USEFUL PHRASES

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DISCUSSION USEFUL PHRASES STANAG 6001 LEVEL 3 SPEAKING   You may remember that Part A of Task 2 of the oral exam is the dialogue whose aim is to reach an agreement and Part B is the three-way discussion led by the … Read More

STANAG LEVEL 3 DISCUSSION

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STANAG LEVEL 3 DISCUSSIONTask 2 of the oral level 3 exam is called DISCUSSION. In fact, it resembles negotiations in Part A.What does it look like then?Task 2 of the oral exam consists of two parts. PART APart A is the … Read More

MARKING CRITERIA-SPEAKING

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MARKING CRITERIA – SPEAKINGPOINTSThere 20 points to get at the STANAG 6001 English exam in speaking. 10 points for Task 1 (briefing) and 10 points for Task 2 (discussion). To pass the exam you need to obtain 70%, that is 14 … Read More

Briefing Topics

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Briefing Topics Task One of the STANAG 6001 speaking exam is a BRIEFING. The briefing topics are all connected with military issues.   The structure of the task is always the same. context problem to be solved possible solutions Your … Read More

HOW TO PRACTISE LISTENING

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HOW TO PRACTISE LISTENINGI often receive questions about listening materials and how to practise listening before the exam.There are a few places online which I recommend when it comes to practising this skill. First of all, it is advisable to visit … Read More

DEVELOPING ARGUMENTS

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DEVELOPING ARGUMENTSThe ability to develop arguments is useful both in speaking and writing. Why is it important? When you answer exam questions in speaking or in writing it is not only language (grammar, vocabulary) that is assessed, but also, and sometimes primarily, … Read More

HOW TO MAKE NOTES

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HOW TO MAKE AND USE NOTES FOR YOUR BRIEFING As you probably know, you have 15 minutes to prepare before you deliver a briefing. You can make notes and use them during the exam. If you want to make good notes … Read More

HOW TO REACT TO A BRIEFING

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  HOW TO REACT TO A BRIEFING In Part B of Task 1 you have to ask questions or comment on the briefing of the second candidate.You have 1-2 minutes for this part.The aim of this part is to demonstrate the … Read More

SAMPLE BRIEFING

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FULL BRIEFING Today I would like to show you a COMPLETE, sample briefing. The briefing comes from my book SPEAKING AND WRITING EXPERT. How to Pass STANAG 6001 English Exam. Level 3. TOPIC Unknown perpetrators broke into your base last … Read More

BRIEFING-USEFUL PHRASES

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BRIEFING – USEFUL PHRASES Today I would like to present to you a few expressions which can make your life easier when it comes to creating a STANAG level 3 briefing. They will make it easier for you to structure … Read More

How to prepare a STANAG 6001 level 3 BRIEFING

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    Every briefing at level 3 has the same structure. You have 15 minutes to prepare it and take notes which you can use while you speak. The briefing should take 3-4 minutes and the timing is crucial. Its … Read More

WRITTEN EXAM-GENERAL INFORMATION

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The writing test of STANAG 6001 level 3 exam takes 80 minutes and it consists of two tasks.  TASK ONETask 1 is to write either a formal letter/e-mail or a memo. There is only one topic given and there is no … Read More

MODEL EXAM

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Jednym z pierwszych kroków, które warto wykonać przed przystąpieniem do przygotowania do egzaminu STANAG 6001 jest odwiedzenie strony Wojskowego Studium Nauczania Języków Obcych (http://wsnjo.wp.mil.pl).   W zakładce MATERIAŁY EGZAMINACYJNE klikamy w link MODELE EGZAMINACYJNE, a następnie wybieramy interesujący nas model … Read More

HOW TO START

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FIVE THINGS you should do before starting your preparations for STANAG 6001 English exams. 1. Visit the website of the Polish Armed Forces School of Languages  (Wojskowe Studium Nauczania Języków Obcych) http://wsnjo.wp.mil.pl. You can find exam information and materials there. 2. … Read More