Aviation English Programmes
English for Aviation Language Training
Designed to meet the English-language training requirements of pilots and air traffic controllers, MLS provides courses in English for Aviation language proficiency development up to ICAO OperationalLevel 4 and beyond.
Comprising General English and ESP Aviation, our English for Aviation courses offer up to 30 academic hours of tuition per week and are not only the best way for you to revise, consolidate and extend your use of English in the context of aviation, but are also the perfect preparation for any ICAO compliant English for Aviation language test.
Drawing on experience gained in providing training in English for Aviation over four decades, our courses offer instruction and practice in the day-to-day language of aeronautical communciations, helping you to meet your learning objectives and encouraging you to broaden your range of effective professional and operational communication skills.
The specialised content of the MLS English for Aviation courses is fixed firmly in the aviation environment. At all levels of proficiency, the courses have as their focus the development of accurate, effective and confident communication in operational situations.
The full MLS English for Aviation syllabus can take an elementary level student to Operational Level 4 and above, providing language training and skills development and practice in a wide range of relevant topics and domains, including the following:
· the language of GD/TWR communications
· the language of APP communications
· the language of ACC communications
· pilot / controller & controller / controller interactions
· triggering actions in aeronautical communications
· sharing information in aeronautical communications
· incident reporting in aeronautical communications
· aviation related vocabulary
· miscellaneous language of aeronautical communications
The overall objective of our English for Aviation language training courses is to develop your communication skills to a level that will allow you to demonstrate, in language assessment and in professional practice, language proficiency at OperationalLevel 4 and above on the ICAO Language Proficiency Rating Scale.
MLS is an approved Aviation English Test Centre
MLS is a certificated Local Test Centre for the English for Aviation Language Testing System (EALTS).
The EALTS is administered by Language Testing and Assessment Services Ltd. (LTAS) and provides tests of English language proficiency in the context of aviation specifically developed in response to the ICAO 2008 Language Proficiency Requirements.
The English for Aviation Language Test (EALT) is designed for pilots and air traffic controllers requiring the assessment and certification of their English language proficiency in accordance with the ICAO March 2008 standard. The EALT allows non-native English speaking aviation personnel to demonstrate their proficiency in the English language in the context of aviation and aeronautical communications.
With its focus on language proficiency in the context of aviation, rather than on operational procedures and radiotelephone phraseology, the EALT is an appropriate and fair test from which accurate and reliable assessments of language proficiency can be made.
Since 2008, the EALT has been used successfully to assess the English for Aviation language proficiency of flight crew and air traffic control personnel from over 50 ICAO Member States for benchmarking and/or license endorsement purposes, making it one of the more widely used English for Aviation language tests available internationally.
LTAS, the administrators of the EALTS, has been approved and certificated by the UK CAA as an EASA and ICAO Doc 9835 compliant Language Assessment Body (UK CAA-PTO 0169). This recognition by our national licensing authority gives the EALTS important regulatory validation and is the assurance of the quality of the services we provide to the aviation industry.
Further details of the EALTS, including demonstration and sample material, are available at www.ealts.com
EA2 - 30 lessons of Integrated General English + 2 lessons 1:1 or closed group per week in technical language and communications skills in an aviation context
EA4 – 30 lessons of integrated General English + 4 lessons 1:1 or closed group per week in technical language and communications skills in an aviation context
EAG – English for Aviation Group programme – course structure may be tailored to requirements subject to specific training need analysis.
Excursions to professional and cultural places of interest and presentations on specialized subjects may be included in the programme on request.
Courses arranged on request.
Maximum class size: 12 (MLS reserves the right to offer classes at maximum size 14) (subject to client specifications)
Other Aviation Training Available
Further MLS International English for Aviation Services
In addition to our English for Aviation language training and assessment services, MLS International is pleased to offer the following services.
MLS International English for Aviation Language Consultancy
Our specialist consultancy work has grown from our close relationship with our clients and our renowned understanding of the complexities they face in the language training and assessment of their personnel in compliance with the ICAO 2008 requirements.
Our experts work together with the Human Resource Managers and Training Managers of civil aviation authorities, air navigation services providers and airlines to provide practical and effective training and assessment solutions.
In providing these solutions, the requirement of our clients is more than just training; consultancy can comprise review, analysis and evaluation, reporting, planning and advice and can include any of the following and more:
· Inspections of language training departments, facilities and resources
· Audit of General English language and English for Aviation language proficiencies
· Diagnostic language assessment, screening and evaluation of personnel
· Personnel profiling and needs analysis for language training
· Feasibility studies including financial / budget forecasts
· Training and assessment strategy development: developing a plan for ICAO compliance
· English for Aviation programme development
· English for Aviation syllabus, curriculum and course design
· English for Aviation materials and resource development
· English for Aviation trainer and assessor training
· Monitoring & evaluation of language programmes including report-writing and feedback
Consultancy can also include guidance on the selection of published General English and English for Aviation teaching materials and resources for supportive language training for ICAO Level 1 Pre-Elementary and Level 2 Elementary English language learners.
Closely associated with our provision of English for Aviation language training and assessment over four decades, we are proud to have provided our consultancy services to national aviation authorities, airlines, pilot training organisations, air navigation service providers, ATC training centres and language schools overseas, assisting them in maximising the efficient use of their resources and supporting them in finding the correct training and assessment strategy and direction.
Training the English for Aviation Language Trainers
An efficient way for a company or organisation to meet the ICAO language requirements is to develop its own language training autonomy by increasing its training resources. The MLS English for Aviation Teacher Training Programme upgrades the language training skills of in-company aviation and teaching professionals and provides them with the competencies required to deliver effective English language training to flight crew and air traffic control personnel.
Training the English for Aviation Examiners: Interlocutors and Assessors
A further step a company or organisation may take in meeting the ICAO language requirements is to develop autonomy in language assessment through the training and certification its own English for Aviation examiners. The MLS English for Aviation Examiner Training Programme upgrades the skills of language teaching and aviation professionals and provides them with competencies required to administer language testing and assess language proficiency in accordance with the ICAO Language Proficiency Rating Scale and its accompanying Holistic Descriptors.
MLS works with other training providers within the Aviation industry who can provide a range of Training programmes. Should you require any further information, contact us for more details.
The English for Aviation Language Testing System (EALTS) is a multi-level testing system designed to assess the language proficiency of air traffic controllers, commercial flight crew and recreational pilots across all levels of the ICAO Language Proficiency Rating Scale from Pre-ElementaryLevel 1 to Expert Level 6.
The testing system assesses the English language skills of speaking and listening in the context of aviation and aeronautical communications. An award in the CAAi English for Aviation Language Test of a rating of Operational Level 4 or above may be used as evidence of having demonstrated the level of language proficiency required under the March 2008 ICAO Language Proficiency Requirements for licence endorsement purposes.
The EALTS is the language proficiency testing system approved by the UKCAA (UKCAA PTO 0169). Developed and administered in association with Language Testing and Assessment Services Ltd (LTAS), the EALTS conforms to all ICAO standards and recommended practices in language proficiency assessment. www.ealts.com
Test dates are available with MLS on request.