Guidelines for Aviation English Training Programmes – Lignes Directrices sur les Programmes de Formation en Anglais Aéronautique

FCL ANGLAIS

En français – concernant l’anglais aéronautique:

On peut trouver à peu près tout sur l’anglais aéronautique et la radiotéléphonie dans le DOC 9835 de l’OACI. Sauf la phraséologie. En fait, mieux vaut lire les DOC 9432 and 4444 à la place. Un autre document vaut la peine d’être lu: les recommandations du Cir 323 – AN/185 de l’OACI. C’est l’ICAEA qui a développé ces directives. Elles nous permettent de comprendre à quel point la formation en anglais aéronautique OACI est différente des formations TEFL ou TESOL (enseignement de l’anglais comme seconde langue). Voici le document: ICAO Cir 323 – AN/185 et davantage sur cette page: DOC 9835 en plusieurs langues.

In English – about aviation English:

You can find basically everything about aviation English and radiotelephony throughout the ICAO DOC 9835. But phraseology. Indeed, you’d better read DOC 9432 and 4444 instead. Another document is worth reading: the guidelines of ICAO Cir 323 – AN/185. ICAEA developed these guidelines. They help us understand how different ICAO English training can be from TEFL or TESOL – Teaching English as a Foreign Language or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Here is the document: ICAO Cir 323 – AN/185 and further on this page: DOC 9835 in various languages.

ICAEA anglais aéronautique
Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail

LANGUAGE CRITICAL TO AVIATION SAFETY

The 5th ICAO Journal dates back to August 2013, and there is a chapter on Language Proficiency Requirements (LPR) in it. The Journal reviews ICAO’s LPRs and other recent initiatives developed, and reported during a technical seminar to support language proficiency in March 2013, and particularly English language testing among Member States.

All the stakeholders were gathered at the seminar. Those who implement the safety-critical language provisions as mandated by Assembly Resolution A32-16 in 1998, and embodied in Annexes 1, 6, 10 and 11, as well as Doc 4444 — PANS-ATM have their work cut out for them!

According to ICAO Convention, Annex 10, Vol.2, “If a pilot, and an air traffic controller don’t speak a common language, the default language is English. Additionally, the flight crew establishes the language to be used.”

The seminar presented an ICAO speech sample training aid. This tool provides examples of ICAO levels 3, 4 & 5. There was a discrepancy among the various ratings given to samples in a workshop. I know that the juries throughout the world have done some good work. However, candidates have already reported differences between juries within a fortnight. The ratings can vary up to almost two ICAO levels. Rating is difficult, and setting a test is difficult as well.

We know now from the journal that EUROCONTROL is developing a Level 6 examination and that EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) might establish a validity period of 9 years for Level 6.

Another initiative is the launch of a new AELTS (Aviation English Language Test Service) website at https://www.icao.int/aelts .

The LPR seminar report is available here:

ICAO JOURNAL 2013 LPR

Further information:

FEATURES AND BENEFITS OF ICAO’S AVIATION ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEST SERVICE (AELTS)

Manual on the Implementation of ICAO Language Proficiency Requirements

Latest news: The MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions) on the aeronautical documents test might be given up in 2014. Therefore, the FCL .055 D might be deleted. The FCL .055 tests VFR and IFR only would be left unchanged ie without the 15-minute MCQ test.

Thanks to Thierry Hermas – English teacher at the French Air Force Academy (FAFA) – who passed the documents on.

Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail