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Aviation English Language Solution - Training

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IATA has developed a complete solution for Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers (ATCOs) around the world to meet ICAO English language proficiency standards. IATA's Aviation English Solution consists of the following three sequential services:

  • Assessment service 
  • Language training 
  • Proficiency test for ICAO Proficiency Level 4    

Assessment service

This service enables organizations to assess their Pilots' and ATCOs' level of English language proficiency in an aviation context. This is the critical first step for any organization to create an action plan. The objective of the assessment is to evaluate pronunciation, structure, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension and interaction. A consolidated report with recommendations for training is then provided to the organization.

Language Training

Once assessments are completed, Aviation English Language Training can be delivered in a variety of methods to meet any organization's needs and budgets. The training modules are tailored to reflect the working environment of Pilots and ATCOs who must learn how to communicate effectively in English in a variety of aviation-related situations such as regular operations, irregular operations and emergencies. Standard ICAO phraseology is used whenever applicable. In order to offer the best possible quality of language training, IATA has partnered with Berlitz, the world-renowned language services provider with 400 training centers in 60 countries. 

The IATA Aviation English Language solution for Assessment and Training is offered through Berlitz Languages Inc. For further information, please contact Berlitz directly at

Course details

The Berlitz Method

IATA has partnered with Berlitz to develop a comprehensive Aviation English Training Program. Berlitz has a unique approach to training called the Berlitz Method TM.  With this approach candidates do not learn to translate from one language to another; they learn to think in the target language. The Berlitz Method TM helps learners achieve their language goals because it is:

  • Fast
  • Context-based
  • Conducted in the target language only
  • Based on building blocks
  • Designed to maximize student participation

The essential principle is that one learns to speak a language by speaking it. From the moment candidates begin a course, they use the target language exclusively in class. Grammatical structures and items of vocabulary are presented in such a way that they are either immediately intelligible or can be made immediately intelligible using only material that has already been taught. Though candidates must obviously start out with very simple, concrete steps, this building block approach allows them to progress step-by-step to the most complex, abstract ideas. 

Lesson Types

The following lesson types are available: 

Private Lessons: Designed for one candidate, classes are led by one dedicated instructor who ensures that the candidate is actually speaking 50% of the time, making it a highly effective way to learn a language. 

Semi-private Lessons: Designed for two to three candidates, classes meet one to three times a week. 

In-Company/ Local Facility Group Lessons: Designed for a group of four to ten candidates, classes meet on a set schedule over a period of weeks, at the company site or a local Berlitz office, depending on availability.

Total Immersion: Designed for one candidate, lessons last a full day and continue from two to six weeks in an English-speaking environment. Available locations are Toronto, Vancouver (Canada) and London (UK).

Group Immersion: Designed for three to ten candidates, lessons are otherwise similar to those of Total Immersion and are delivered in the same locations.

Virtual Classroom: Designed for one to six candidates, candidates simply log on to a dedicated website for scheduled lessons and converse with an instructor in real time. Course materials are combined with joint internet browsing to ensure that lessons are always stimulating and up-to-date. The method eliminates travel time and expenses associated with traditional instruction.

What you will learn

Upon completing this course you will have the skills to:

  • Meet and exceed the required ICAO level 4 proficiency standard
  • Apply aviation English in a operational context 

Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Pilots
  • Air traffic control officers


Additional information

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