AVIATION ENGLISH FOR ATCO STUDENTS
Course aim The course is an introductory English course for air traffic controller (ATCO) students. The principal aim of this course is to introduce the participants to the highly specialised vocabulary of aviation.
Course objectives After completing the course, participants have:
- A basic knowledge and understanding of the specific language used in the ATC environment.
- A good English proficiency base to start their professional ATC training.
- Improved communication skills.
Course overview The course comprises classroom training consisting of:
- Role play exercises
- Tasks based aviation videos
- Vocabulary exercises
- Reading and understanding aviation related news articles
As the communication in aviation is predominantly oral and often lacks visual contact, the course seeks to enhance participants’ listening comprehension, vocabulary and speaking skills.
The training is based on a course book which covers basic aviation topics.
Prerequisites The training is designed for ATCO trainees with an intermediate or higher level of English.
Compliance with regulations According to ICAO Doc 9835 (Manual on the Implementation of ICAO Language Proficiency Requirements) it is mandatory for air traffic controllers to demonstrate minimum level 4 of language proficiency both in the use of phraseology and plain language.
Content in brief The course is designed as a 2-week intensive course with 4 contact hours a day. A tailor-made course can be offered to meet individual client needs.
Typical content includes:
- Air travel
- Ground handling equipment and personnel
- Runways and taxiways
- Meteorology and air traffic operations
- Aircraft types
- Aircraft parts
- Damage and failure to aircraft
- Emergency situations
- Aircraft emergency equipment
- Navigation equipment
- Air Traffic Management
- Flight plans
- Air Traffic Control
- Abbreviations and acronyms used in aviation