Course Objective

Comunicatus has designed a rigorous four-week program of study that focuses on speaking and listening based on both English as a Second Language (ESL) methodologies and the ICAO language proficiency requirements with the goal of reaching Level 4 on the ICAO Language Proficiency Rating Scale and passing the certified test of English language for aviation purposes.

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Aviation English - Course Details

Course Content

Comunicatus provides practical, task-based exercises that culminate in measurable improvements in functional communication skills required for the safe and effective management of international flights. Intensive English language training specifically for the aviation environment is conducted in a small-group format in groups of 3 to 8 participants. The specialized training in aviation vocabulary, terminology and phraseology is conducted using communicative teaching techniques involving participant-centred activities, task-based learning, role playing, to name just a few of our approaches that are based on second language acquisition theories. We also provide on-line links, exercises and resources that participants can continue to use long after their training with us has ended.

Each teaching module illustrates in context aviation terminology, standard words and phraseology in such areas as Radio Telephony (R/T) practice. The program uses communicative teaching techniques that are student centered using authentic videos, audio, and readings that are drawn from recognized sources such as Airbus, ICAO, and FAA. Accent reduction techniques will be applied to each teaching module, which are designed to meet the requisites of each ICAO descriptor.

Participants will learn and practice terminology related to

  • Aircraft and Flight
  • Airspace and ATC
  • Airport Operations
  • Preflight procedures
  • VFR and IFR Operations
  • Human Factors
  • Radiotelephony
  • Meteorology
  • Emergency Situations
  • Passenger Problems

All areas covered

Speaking

  • Accent reduction
  • Readback practice
  • Stress, Intonation, Rhythm

Structure

  • Sentence formation
  • Basic grammar
  • Verb forms
  • Language functions

Vocabulary

  • Aviation terminology
  • Standard words and phraseology
  • Abbreviations and acronyms

Fluency

  • Linking words and phrases
  • Ability to respond to unfamiliar situations

Comprehension

  • Summarizing, Paraphrasing
  • Distinguishing similar sounding words/numbers
  • Practice with varieties of speech, accents

Interactions

  • Make requests
  • Ask for clarification
  • Confirm information

ICAO Language Proficiency

The courses take a communicative approach to language learning and the content reflects the requirements of the six areas covered by the ICAO Language Proficiency Rating Scale.