Military English Course

Get ahead with the language of international military matters

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Young Lawyers-Week 1 9.30-11.00 11.30-13.00 14.00-15.30
MONDAY Welcome and orientation session.Language assessment. An introduction to legal English.Achieving clarity vs Understanding legalese.Essential study skills. The legal profession in the UK & USA.Compare training and scope with student’s own jurisdictions.
TUESDAY The language of contracts.Interpreting commercial contracts. Boilerplate clauses.Warranties and indemnities. Writing Lab.Introduction to drafting contracts.
WEDNESDAY Speaking for lawyers.Meeting your client and eliciting information. Forms of companies.Private and public businesses. Setting up a company.Focus on LLPs and contrasting different European forms of companies.
THURSDAY Writing Lab.Writing letters, memos and opinions. Presentation and Q & A with local legal professional. CASE STUDY 1.From client interview to letter/email to in-court submission.
FRIDAY Drafting contracts Lab.Set up weekend writing assignment. Week 1 Review Test.Tutorials. Free time for self-study or relaxation.

History

Introduced in 1939, the Lower Certificate in English (LCE) was the second English language exam developed for speakers of other languages by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate, the organisation that would later be known as Cambridge Assessment. The arrival of thousands of refugees from the Spanish Civil War and occupied Europe into the UK had created a growing need for language assessment. The LCE was intended to meet a demand for the certification of an English proficiency level below that of the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).

One hundred and forty-four students sat the first LCE exam on 21 June 1939.[4] The exam was divided into three sections:

  1. Oral (Dictation, Reading Aloud, and Conversation)
  2. English Composition and Language (2 hours for a free composition on a choice of subjects and various tests on the correct use of simple English)
  3. Prescribed Texts (2 hours on Dickens, Swift, Shaw and/or the Oxford English Course book).[5]

By 1943, LCE included a choice between ‘either prescribed texts or a paper in translation from and into English’. By 1944, 18 languages were catered for in the translation paper, including Polish, Arabic, Hebrew, Czech, Persian and Swedish.[6]

Many of those who took LCE served on active duty during World War II: the LCE December 1943 Pass List includes candidates from the Polish Army, the Polish Institute of Air Force Technology (RAF), the Netherlands Fleet Air Arm, and the Czechoslovakian RAF Squadron. On one day in 1948 over 2,500 men and women of the Polish Resettlement Corps took LCE.[7] A special version of LCE was also made available to prisoners of war detained in Britain and in occupied Europe. The test was made available to 1,500 prisoners of war in Britain, 900 of them Italians. In Germany, the test was offered at seven prisoner of war camps, with Indian prisoners of war encouraged to take LCE or School Certificate exams. After the war, LCE proved to be the most popular Cambridge English exam of the time, with over 4,000 candidates in 1947, compared to 2,028 candidates for the Certificate of Proficiency in English, now known as Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE).[8]

In 1975, driven by evolving principles of communicative language teaching and testing, LCE was revised and renamed as the First Certificate in English (FCE). The exam was updated to have five compulsory papers: Composition (free writing task); Reading Comprehension; Use of English (testing grammatical structures and vocabulary); Listening Comprehension (multiple-choice items); and an Interview (oral tests).[9]

The qualification was further updated in 1984 and 1996. Following the 1996 revision, FCE covered a greater range of writing, listening and speaking micro-skills. Its Speaking test format used two candidates and two examiners and the five papers were equally weighted, each representing 20% of the available marks.[10]

In January 2015, another set of revisions were introduced. The main changes are: the overall exam is now 30 minutes shorter; there are four exam papers, instead of five; and the Reading and Use of English papers have been combined into a single paper. Further information can be found in the revised Exam Specification.

In addition, a new way of reporting results has been introduced (effective from January 2015), with Cambridge English Scale scores replacing the standardised score and candidate profile used for exams taken pre-2015. The Cambridge English Scale was developed to provide exam users with more detailed information about their exam performance than was previously available.[11]

Our tailored Military English programme is developed for serving personnel from the armed forces wishing to learn English to enhance their effectiveness in international cooperation roles.

Although the primary focus is on language applicable to land forces, our course includes functional English language material relevant for other other military personnel.

 

Why choose a Military English course?

 

  • Standard ( 20 lessons General English + 10 lessons Military English per week) or Intensive (30 lessons Military English per week.

  • Bespoke courses are available. Contact Us for details.

  • Topics from varied international military contexts; e.g. the US, the UK, NATO and the UN.

  • Task-based grammar and vocabulary learning transferable to military exercises.

  • Courses adapted to suite the requirements of individual students.

  • Effective monitoring of progress throughout the course – written feedback and evaluation.

  • International English focus: both British English and American English covered.

 

FAQs

Do I need to take an entry test before I book?

No, you’ll be tested on arrival to make sure you’re in a class that’s just right for your level.

About the course

Course structure

Standard

20 lessons General English + 10 lessons Military English per week

Intensive

30 lessons Military English per week

NB. Available to closed groups only by prior arrangement.

Entry level

Our Military English course is structured around NATO’s STANAG 6001 system of language levels and is offered at 3 levels according to your needs:

Level 1: is aimed at False Beginners, taking them to exit-level SLP 2121, a level approximately equivalent to the Council of Europe’s A2+ Waystage.

Level 2: is designed to take students from SLP 2121 to exit-level SLP 3232, approximately equivalent to the Council of Europe’s B1+ Threshold.

Level 3: is designed to take students from SLP 3232 to exit-level SLP 3333, approximately equivalent to the Council of Europe’s B2+ Vantage

 

Lesson Length

45 minutes

Course duration

2 weeks. (Bespoke options available. See FAQs section.

Certification

At the end of the course, receive an Oxford English Centre Certificate documenting your language level.

Assessment and progress

Stay focussed with personal learning plans, a portfolio of your work, entry/exit test and a weekly test.

 

FAQs

Can I have a bespoke course?

Yes. We can create courses of any length to suit your specific needs.

Can I focus on a specific topic or area of Military English?

Yes, as far as is possible. The teacher will provide focused articles in a relevant area for each student and student pair or group work.

How much of the course involves writing Military English?

Although there are a couple of writing sections in the course, the focus is on speaking, listening, reading and understanding – and being understood.

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KEY FACTS

 

Class duration: 2 weeks

Class size: maximum 12

Lesson duration: 45 minutes

Lessons per week: 10 – 30

Learning materials: Included

Start: See Course Dates below

Minimum age: 20

 

 

REGISTRATION & COURSE DEPOSITS

Registration Fee: £90.00

Tuition & Accommodation Deposit: £490.00

Tuition Only Deposit: £290.00

Payment by cash, debit or credit card

Payment by bank transfer: See Bank Details

 

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