Language Awareness Development

The main focus of this programme is on developing a sound awareness of the linguistic features associated with spoken communication, with particular reference to ICAO’s (International Civil Aviation Organisation) Doc.9835. This provides a better understanding of the terminology and key elements essential for the assessment of linguistic proficiency, specifically in the areas of listening and speaking.

The course is intended for those within the aviation industry with limited or no experience of teaching English and has been designed to raise the English language awareness of native and non-native speakers of English.

The LAD-30 Course is scheduled immediately prior to and in preparation for our special programme for ICAO raters, the RAT-30 Course, which involves participants in listening to, analysing and assessing the language competence of aviation personnel.

Course number: LAD-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
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30 Lessons of Language Awareness Development
It is essential that RAT-30 Course participants have a good level of English language
awareness to enable them to interpret the language criteria of the ICAO rating scale and also to assess speech samples from aviation professionals.

This 30 lesson pre RAT-30 Course concentrates on the key aspects of each of the six main language areas considered to be vital in demonstrating ICAO language proficiency. The lessons include carefully graded study tasks involving language analysis exercises and performance comparisons. This course aims to develop preliminary skills in evaluation for all appropriate tests of aviation language proficiency

A number of points will be covered for each language area and the following are some of the key features included:

  • Pronunciation – how pronunciation can affect a listener’s ease of understanding
  • Structure – how communication can be affected by incorrect or limited use of
    grammatical structures.
  • Vocabulary – how a candidate’s aviation English vocabulary resources can enhance or inhibit communication.
  • Fluency – the influence of speech flow on effective communication
  • Comprehension – how the use of good comprehension skills and strategies can support communication.
  • Interaction – understanding the importance of a candidate’s ability to use effective strategies to maintain communication.

Guided private 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, DVD and reference material, both aviation and non-aviation, is available for private use.

  • February: 29
  • May: 31
  • October: 3

Additional entry dates can be arranged for groups.

Course fees 2016

1 week:  £590

Standard homestay accommodation fees 2016

1 week: £ 175