Reassessing the position of Aviation English: from a special language to English for Specific Purposes

0010dc546e230d38bc8e13“Aviation English” is not only confined to pilots and air traffic controllers (ATC), it also refers to English on general terms in aeronautical and/or aviation universities. It can be designed as integrated ESP (English for Specific Purposes) curricula for students in the fields of aeronautics and/or aviation. Learners of ESP are supposed to master the vocabulary in their specific discipline as well as the English language skills. This paper explores the possibility of establishing Aviation English as an ESP specialty in aeronautical and/or aviation colleges and universities. Needs analysis has been made and curricula designed for an integrated course of study in the Chinese context, so that learners of ESP can learn the target language more effectively and meet the standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). It reconsiders the ESP theories and aims to develop a possible approach to ESP teaching more suitable for the Chinese learners.

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Reassessing the position of Aviation English- from a special language to English for Specific Purposes

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