A minimum English language level of Pre-Intermediate is required for this course (CEFR A1/B2, ICAO level 2).
To provide entrants with the necessary English language skills to operate safely and effectively in an aviation environment, and to reach the level of proficiency specified in the ICAO level 4 profile. Aviation professionals are required to reach and maintain an ICAO level 4 in order to remain operational.
Although the course covers a range of topics associated with the aviation industry in general, it is of particular relevance for pilots and air-traffic controllers. It concentrates on the use of plain English in non-routine and emergency situations, but also supports the standard phraseology necessary to bring authenticity to each situation.
The following non-routine/emergency situations are covered:
Runway Incursion, Bird Strike, On-board Fire, Depressurization, Extreme Weather, Medical Emergency, Technical Failure, Unlawful Interference.
Where appropriate, those situations are studied in the context of the following flight phases:
Pre-flight, Departure, Climbing & Cruising, En-route, Contact & Approach, Landing.
The content focuses on the six areas of language skill specified by ICAO. These are:
Structure, Comprehension, Fluency, Interaction, Pronunciation, Vocabulary.
Below are more details about the course content for each of these areas of language:
Past, Present & Future Verb Tenses, Question Forms, Obligation, Ability, Possibility, Commands, Prohibition, Requests, Offers, Suggestions, Warnings, Cause & Effect, Comparison.
Comprehension, oral fluency and interaction:
Coping with noise and unclear messages, L1 Language interference, responding appropriately, Requesting clarification & confirmation, Issuing clearances, Reporting incidents.
Phonemes, Word Stress, Sentence Stress, Intonation, Pace.
Aviation-Specific Vocabulary, Word Formation, Phrasal Verbs.
The course uses a balanced blend of prescribed exercises to build confidence, and authentic material in order to expose students to real-life situations. For example, original RT clips are played where radio reception is poor and/or non-native accents degrade clarity, leading to miscommunication and/or misunderstanding.
Course Length: 60 hours