PREPARATORY COURSE FOR ENGLISH PROFICIENCY TEST FOR PILOTS
Course aim The course is aimed at Private Pilot License (PPL), Commercial Pilot License (CPL) and Air Transport Pilot License (ATPL) pilots who intend to take the English language proficiency test.
Course objectives After completing the course, participants shall have:
- Deeper knowledge of Aviation English and ICAO phraseology.
- The skills to confidently to communicate in real-life situations in aviation.
- The ability to understand and respond respond to RT messages.
- A precise understanding of the requirements of the test.
Course overview The course comprises classroom training consisting of:
- Role play exercises
- Tasks based on listening exercises
- Aviation-relevant discussions
- Vocabulary exercises
- Picture description tasks
The focus is on listening comprehension, speaking and vocabulary.
The course addresses a different topic each day to ensure that a broad range of vocabulary is quickly and effectively built (see Content in brief).
Prerequisites The training is designed for participants with a pre-intermediate or higher level of English.
Compliance with regulations In accordance with ICAO Doc 9835 (Manual on the Implementation of ICAO Language Proficiency Requirements) it is mandatory for pilots to demonstrate minimum level 4 language proficiency both in the use of phraseology and plain language.
Content in brief The course content and length can be specially designed to meet individual client needs, keeping in mind the requirements of the test. The suggested course duration is 20 contact hours, divided into 4 contact hours per day.
To familiarise participants with the test, each day is devoted to different test tasks.
Typical content includes:
- Working areas within aviation: Aircraft taking off - Areas of work, processes - Describing different areas of work
- Airports and aircraft: Belly landing - Vocabulary of airports and aircraft
- Health: Discussing the prevention of health problems - Passenger cabin - Illness, symptoms, treatment
- Communication at work: Airplane at stand with ground staff - Words, idioms used in dialogues
- Non-routine/emergency situations: Damaged aircraft - Vocabulary of emergency