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As the previous post with the recording of a level 3 report was received by many of you with interest, without further ado, I’d like to present to you the sample STANAG 6001 level 3 briefing text plus audio.
This is a sample of a SLP 3 speaking task in accordance with the requirements of the exam in Poland.
The useful expressions have been bolded in the text so that they show the structure of a briefing.
The pace of the audio is quite fast, so you may as well use it as a listening exercise.

TASK

Unknown perpetrators broke into your base last night as the monitoring system was out of service. You have been tasked with delivering a briefing on two possible solutions to this problem, describing their advantages and disadvantages. Recommend one of them and justify your choice.
  • repairing the old monitoring system
  • buying a new monitoring system
  • other

SAMPLE BRIEFING TEXT

Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen.
My name is Captain Nowak, and I am responsible for the security of our base.
As you probably know already, unknown offenders broke into the base last night because the monitoring system did not work properly. You are surely aware that this is a very dangerous situation, which needs to be dealt with immediately.

I have been tasked to deliver a briefing on two possible solutions to the difficult problem of the monitoring system failure we have been faced with.
I have divided my speech into two parts. In part 1, I will present the advantages and disadvantages of repairing the old monitoring system and in part 2, I will discuss the pros and cons of buying a new one.
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Let me start with solution 1, which is repairing the old system.
It has at least 2 advantages.
Firstly, this option is definitely cheaper. I have already contacted our IT specialist who claims he can have the failure mended as part of the guarantee offered by the producer due to the fact that the problem was not caused by the improper use of the devices.
Secondly, it is also faster because our experience shows that such failures are usually repaired within one day, which has also been confirmed by the customer service of the producer who assured me that the matter would be dealt with within 24 hours.
However, this solution has also some drawbacks.
To begin with, this is not the first time that we have encountered such a situation. The failures occurred on a number of previous occasions, causing unnecessary anxiety among the troops and consequently requiring dealing with morale-related issues.
Another drawback of this solution is that the guarantee period is coming to an end and if the situation keeps repeating itself, it might turn out to be an expensive option as we will be forced to pay for subsequent repairs from the unit’s budget.
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I will now move on to solution 2, which is buying a new electronic monitoring system.
I would like to begin with the advantages of this option.
The greatest benefit of this option is that we can assume that the new, up-to-date system will be more reliable than the old one. Also, we can make sure that the new agreement with the producer contains relevant regulations connected with the maintenance and guarantee in case there is a failure.
On the other hand, there are also some disadvantages.
Firstly, the new system constitutes significant expenditure which has not been planned in this year’s budget. Therefore, it would require shifting some funds from other allocations, which would entail a number of additional inconveniences.
Secondly, it would be a lengthy process due to the fact that such a purchase would require being put out to public tender. This procedure, as I am sure you all know, would take weeks, as formal requirements and deadlines have to be observed in such a case.
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To sum up, having taken all pros and cons of both possibilities into consideration, I have come to the following conclusion.
In my opinion, it would be advisable to go ahead with the second solution. Despite being more expensive and time-consuming, in the long run, it may prove to be cheaper and above all, it would contribute to greater security of our people and facilities, which should always be a priority for us.
This brings me to the end of my briefing.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask them now.

SAMPLE BRIEFING AUDIO

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