Military English

Military EnglishIntroduction / Aims of the course

In these turbulent times, there is increased demand for effective military communications in English, particularly between members of international forces involved in peacekeeping operations in the world’s trouble spots, but also between peacekeepers and local community leaders.

The precise and timely transmission of information and its accurate recording are of paramount importance when lives are at stake.

The Military English is designed to prepare military and security personnel, civil servants and diplomats to take up roles where they will need to use English on a daily basis.

Course Content

The trainee will take part in a needs analysis process and then receive training in areas that will enable him or her to function effectively in a variety of target situations.

The training is delivered within a framework derived from the NATO STANAG 6001 language proficiency guidelines, and certain elements are in the form of specific purpose training based directly on an assessment of each trainee’s specialist needs.  (Please see the appendix for details of the NATO STANAG 6001 language proficiency guidelines).

Course content can also be established through negotiation with the trainee’s sponsor(s). Proposed areas for classroom development include the following:

Fighting Forces
Uniform and Equipment.
Reconnaissance Patrol.
The Infantry Platoon.
Return to Headquarters.
At the Information Post.
Battle Camp.
Weapon Handling.
Fit to Fight.
The Tank.
Survival in the Field.
Room Inspections.
Prisoners of War.
An Army Career.
Platoon in Defence.
Fire and Manoevre.
Section in the Attack.
Advance to Contact.
Peacekeeping English Project Work .
Comparing Main Battle Tanks.
Vehicle Search at UN Vehicle Checkpoint.
British Army Infantry Weapons.
War Casualties.
Crowd Control Measures.
Limited Visibility Measures.
Cooking in the Field.
Weapons Handling – Normal Safety Precautions.
Military Search Procedures (Searching a Vehicle).
Military Patrolling (Night Patrol).
Introduction to Terrorism.

Materials for further extension have been prepared to cover the following areas:  

British / Overseas Army Organisation.
Badges of Rank in the British Army / Overseas Forces.
The Rifleman.
The Infantry Platoon.
Army Aviation.
Combat Support Services.

There will be development of the trainee’s:

Basic functional language for everyday military and security situations.

Study skills and strategies (use of materials, dictionaries, integrated skills work, discourse analysis, ways of recording vocabulary and using supplementary resources, such as libraries).

Practical reading skills – for reading notices, signs, instruction manuals, etc.

Practical writing skills – for writing clear messages, military briefs and reports plus other texts of various kinds.

Practical listening skills – for listening to direct orders, transmitted information, instructions and casual conversations.

Practical speaking skills – for giving orders, making presentations, delivering briefings, speaking about oneself(background, home country and role, etc), eliciting information from others, telephoning, negotiating, etc.

Effective teaching

Built into every client’s course of Military English are the following:

Placement test.
Needs analysis.
Skills development.
Task-based activities.
Systems work.
Learner skills development.
Progress tests.
Academic counselling.
Supportive error correction and constructive feedback.
Occasional lectures from serving and ex-military personnel (3 per 12-week course).

Excursions to places of military interest, including the Royal Signals Museum , Blandford, the Imperial War Museum, London and the Tank Museum , Bovington (3 per 12-week course).

Contact Language Schools for Executives.