Following the outlined requirements by ICAO Doc 9835-AN/453 we offer two different syllabi, aspiring student pilot or career airline pilot. Both courses follow an objective driven outline but cover different levels of aviation knowledge based off of student’s aviation experience and current level of general English.
- Interactive listening comprehension exercises which also elicit oral responses from learners
- Classroom information exchange and role-play activities in pairs;
- Practice of vocabulary and grammar (structure) through oral use rather than reading and writing exercises
- Using graphic (scopes, instrument panels and charts) and numerical data (tables and displays) to elicit speech production to mirror pilots’ and controllers’ working environments and situation management
- Group problem resolution activities to develop interactivity and fluency skills.
For both of our classroom courses, virtual and physically in our classroom, students will receive 200 hours of integrated general English and aviation English study. These 200 hours are made up of online teacher instruction, discussion panels, group projects, pronunciation lab, language exchange community subscription and homework assignments. Maximum class size is 10 students so that students are able to receive focused instruction from the Aviation English teacher.
Our Self Study Online Course contains 100 hours of integrated general English and aviation English study but is reserved for student pilots with a minimum ICAO level 3. This course was designed for students that will be starting their flight training in the near future and want to practice listening and interacting with native American English speakers. The Self Study Online Course is an excellent introduction of aviation basics for students beginning their Private Pilot.
How many hours of training should I complete according to ICAO?
ICAO Doc 9835-AN/453: Section 1.3.10 Training Duration…” There is a growing awareness of both the considerable time required for significant progress to be made by any given language learner and also the considerable differences in the rates at which different people learn language. There is a consensus in current academic research that approximately 200 hours is required for a learner to make significant progress, e.g. to move from an mid-to-upper ICAO Level 3 to an Operational Level 4. Moreover, for many individuals, considerably more time may be required – possibly as much as 400 hours – to make the same progress. The practical repercussions of these facts in terms of direct financial investment and the cost of personnel being withdrawn from service represent substantial challenges for an industry already under pressure in other areas: e.g. fuel costs, competition, environmental concerns, and security. 8 ICAO Circular 323-AN/185 Given this changing environment, airlines and air navigation service providers are seeking training solutions that will balance effectiveness (achieving ICAO Operational Level).”
Complete ICAO Aviation English Requirements Download: ICAO Doc 9835-AN/453