ICAO Raters

This course is intended for teachers of aviation English who are required to assess and rate the English language capabilities of pilots, air traffic controllers and other aviation professionals, according to the Language Proficiency Requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), as set out in ICAO Document 9835. The participants’ level of English language should be advanced. This will be assessed prior to the commencement of the course.

The course concentrates on interpreting the language criteria of the ICAO Rating Scale and applying them by listening to and assessing sound files of various non-native speaker aviation professionals.

Trainees with no experience of English language teaching are required to attend the Language Awareness Development Course (LAD-30) before beginning this course.


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Course number: RAT-30
Entry Level:Advanced
Lessons per week (45 minutes):30
Directed Private Study (sessions per week)5
Class Size:Maximum 12
Minimum age: 21
Course Duration:1 week
Sample Timetable:View sample timetable

30 lessons in a closed professional group, supplemented by directed private study and project work.

The following areas will normally be covered:

Evaluating and comparing different test types (eg. for ab-initio trainees or trained professionals, direct or semi-direct, including computerised tests)

Identifying the criteria for ICAO levels in: Listening (general comprehension, interpretation and discrimination) Speaking (accuracy, intelligibility and communicative competence)

Defining and evaluating appropriate levels of competence in communication skills, and the 6 criteria of the ICAO Rating Scale.

Practical exercises in rating trainees’ performance at various levels of the ICAO Rating Scale, with emphasis on Levels 2 to 5

Identifying areas for development in failed candidates’ performance, and guiding them towards improving their language proficiency.

Blind rating assessments for standardisation purposes and to assess the course participants’ level of competency.

Guided individual study – including pre-session preparation, self-assessment, follow-up work, research assignments and project work – is an integral part of the course. We also recommend that some time should be devoted to additional study in the Multi-Media Learning Centre. An extensive selection of computer programs, audio, video/dvd and reference material, both aviation and non-aviation, is available for private use.

  • March: 7
  • June: 6
  • October: 10

Additional entry dates can be arranged for groups.

Course fees 2016
1 week:  £590

Standard homestay accommodation fees 2016 (Single room)
1 week: £ 175

  • March: 6
  • June: 5
  • October: 9

Additional entry dates can be arranged for groups.

Course fees 2017
1 week:  £615

Standard homestay accommodation fees 2017 (Single room)
1 week: £ 180