This course is based on the original course English Skills for Staff Officers in Multinational Operations (ESSO), (Part 1: Self-Instruction Material, second edition, May 2001), developed by the Defense Language Institute English Learning Center (DLIELC). Current version of the course is updated in accordance with third edition, May 2005. Development of both CD-ROM and online versions of this course was sponsored by the International Security Network ( You may wish to check the latest online version of the course available free via PfP Consortium learning management system powered by ILIAS at

The course was designed to provide staff officers with practice in the English skills, knowledge, and terminology they will require to participate in multinational operations. This course emphasized advanced writing and speaking skills useful in staff positions. Although military officers may already have these skills in their first language, the styles and formats of writing and giving briefings may vary from culture to culture. It is the purpose of this course to provide the students with models and some practice so that they can transfer their skills from their first language to English. The course is intended for learners with upper intermediate to advanced level of language proficiency.


The purpose of the on-line course is to engage officers in language learning and to facilitate the language learning process by the use of modern technologies. This version of the course (v.3.0) is primarily intended for self-study and may be followed or accompanied by instructor-led activities either in a classroom or on-line. It is expected that the course will be used by officers to prepare for their classroom training sessions, as an instrument for helping to keep language skills current, or as a reference book containing templates, examples and guidelines for applying their writing and speaking skills.

If you have any questions or would like to report about any difficulties you encountered when working with the course, please don't hesitate to contact the designers at [email protected] We would like to know your opinion for further enhancement of the course.