Aviation English Programmes
Designed to meet the English-language training requirements of international civil aviation and air traffic management personnel, MLS offers a series of short-course certificate programmes in aviation-based professional English-language communication skills up to ICAO Operational Level 4 and beyond.
New language standards for pilots and air traffic controllers ratified by the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization in March 2003 have strengthened the requirement for English-language proficiency in the accommodation of international flights, raising levels from a recommended practice to a minimum standard.
ICAO has established a minimum level of language proficiency for the common English language spoken by flight crew and air traffic controllers and a rating scale that describes this required level of proficiency.
Following our long history of involvement and co-operation with the international civil aviation industry in the provision of English language training programmes, MLS International College has become one of the first of the language schools in the United Kingdom to fully incorporate the new English-language requirements in its course design and to offer testing and assessment of civil aviation personnel according to the new approved ICAO Language Proficiency Rating Scale.
The MLS curriculum has been devised to meet the specific training objectives of flight crew and air traffic controllers. At all levels, trainees are encouraged to broaden their range of operational and organisational skills. The programmes of tuition provide instruction and practice in the day-to-day language skills necessary for personnel in posts related to international civil aviation and air-traffic management. Language acquisition through active participation in practical coursework is considered fundamental to the learning process.
Absorbing, stimulating and wide-ranging in its delivery and content, the specialised training in English language aviation vocabulary, terminology and phraseology has as its focus the development of an increased understanding of the functional communication skills required by aviation personnel for the safe and effective management of international flights.
Participants are formally assessed on entry and again on exit. Progress is monitored throughout the course by means of a continued series of informal assessments. Written reports are prepared on completion of the course in which the progress and the performance of each student is recorded and his/her English-language ability is graded according to the provisions of the ICAO Language Proficiency Rating Scale.
20 lessons in English language communication and professional skills
10 lessons in technical language and communication skills in an aviation context
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 (subject to client specifications)
Other Aviation Training Available
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 CAA International English for Aviation Language Testing System (CAAi 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 of CAAi and forms part of its Examinations Services. Developed and administered in association with Language Testing and Assessment Services Ltd (LTAS), the CAAi EALTS conforms to all ICAO standards and recommended practices in language proficiency assessment. www.ealts.com
You can also see 2012 EALTS test dates with MLS
CAA International Ltd.(CAAi) was established in 2007 as a wholly owned subsidiary of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA) with the primary objective of incorporating, continuing and expanding the activities of the International Services Department of the UK CAA, in the provision of independent expert advice and services to clients worldwide to assist in the enhancement of aviation safety.
Based on the expertise within the four operating groups of the UK CAA (Safety Regulation, Economic Regulation, Consumer Protection and the Directorate of Airspace Policy) CAAi now provides technical assistance, training and examination services to aviation administrations, governments, commercial organisations and international funding agencies in over 140 countries. In the provision of its services, CAAi seeks to assist its clients in the development and implementation of effective and up to date regulations, procedures and practices, ensuring the establishment of the necessary robust systems required to satisfy international safety oversight obligations.