English language training for Air Traffic Controllers

SWIM--ATC-computersThere is an ongoing push for Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) to learn English beyond the recommended ICAO Level 4 standard, and instead learn adequate English that allows for a more broader range of communications.  

The reasoning behind this is that ATCs are often required to respond to unusual situations that can consist of a wide variety of English constructs.  Therefore, the ATCs from non-native English speaking backgrounds may need to prepare and sit for a more advanced level of English compared.

The articles below, although from 1997, describes the reasoning for this push.  Please read this article and post your comments or thoughts below.

adobePDF1Flight Safety Foundation – Airport Operations

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