Aviation English: History and Pedagogy

images (1)Author: Brian Barbieri

Pilots who fly internationally must demonstrate a basic level of English language proficiency as defined by the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) in a set of descriptors outlining varying ability levels. This insures clear communication between aircraft and air traffic control (ATC), a key element of air safety. Course design addressing ab initio students/trainees and licensed pilots in need of recurrency training must take into account learners’ specific needs for operational proficiency and licensure within the greater institutional framework. English communication standards exist to foster a safe and efficient operating environment.

This paper will illustrate the connection between accident prevention, the implementation of language testing in aviation training, and the techniques and materials used in the aviation classroom.

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Aviation English: History and Pedagogy

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