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Aviation English Language Solution - Training

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A range of learner- and budget-friendly training formats to help pilots and air traffic control officers achieve the ICAO Level 4 proficiency standard.

Developed with Berlitz Languages, Inc., this complete language training solution provides interactive instruction to ensure your staff meets ICAO requirements and communicates effectively on the job.

Our training is founded on the belief that a language is best learned by speaking it. Course material is based on real workplace situations, from daily operations to emergencies, and provides multiple practice scenarios for participants to improve their aviation English skills.

All training is delivered by native English-speaking Berlitz instructors who are fluent in standard ICAO phraseology.

Step 1: Assessment

Use our assessment service to easily determine what English language training your staff needs to achieve ICAO Level 4 proficiency. You will receive a detailed Summary Report for each candidate evaluated, plus a recommended training plan. More about the assessment service.

Step 2: Training

Choose the lesson type that best suits the proficiency level and training requirements in your team:

Private lessons: For individual candidates only. All lessons are led by a single, dedicated instructor to ensure the candidate practices speaking as much as possible. This is a highly effective way to learn a language.

Semi-private lessons: For groups of two to three candidates. Lessons are conducted by a single, dedicated instructor one to three times a week, focusing on speaking skills.

In-company/ local facility group lessons: For groups of four to ten candidates. Lessons are scheduled at the company site or local Berlitz office over several weeks. This is a cost-effective solution for large teams.

Total immersion: For individual and group candidates. Full-day lessons are held for a period of two to six weeks in locations such as Toronto (Canada), Vancouver (Canada), and London (UK). 

Virtual classroom: For one to six candidates. Lessons are conducted online using a dedicated website. Candidates converse with an instructor in real time, with additional course materials provided in digital format. This cost-effective method eliminates travel time and expenses without compromising on lesson quality.

Estimated number of training hours required to reach ICAO Level:

Current ICAO score Number of units required to attain Level 4 Number of training hours required to attain Level 4
Level 1 360 270
Level 2 (medium) 288 216
Level 2 (high) 264 198
Level 3 (low) 216 162
Level 3 (medium) 180 135
Level 3 (high) 144 108
Levels 4-6 No training No training

Note: The number of required lessons varies by lesson type, the intensity of the training, and the learning capabilities of the candidates.

Step 3: Proficiency Test

Upon completion of training, candidates must pass the proficiency test to assess and validate their ICAO Level 4 rating. The proficiency test consists of an oral evaluation, conducted by a native English speaker.

Next class

There are currently no scheduled classes. Check back later for updates or contact us to arrange a class in your company.

What you will learn

This training will ensure that your staff can:

  • Achieve the required ICAO Level 4 proficiency standard
  • Bridge language skills-gaps quickly
  • Apply aviation English in an operational context

Course content

All of our pilot and air traffic control officer training programs follow the Berlitz Method TM.

Berlitz is a world-renowned language services provider with 400 training centers in 60 countries. The unique Berlitz Method TM is highly effective, as it teaches learners to think in their target language rather than translate from their mother tongue. Berlitz training works so effectively because it is:

  • Fast
  • Context-based
  • Conducted in the target language only
  • Broken down into attainable building blocks
  • Designed to maximize student participation

This is a sample of the program for Level 3 pilots and ATCOs:

  • Module 1 – Geography
  • Module 2 - Meteorological Conditions
  • Module 3 - Aircraft Maintenance
  • Module 4 - Cargo and Dangerous Goods
  • Module 5 - Flight Planning
  • Module 6 – Departure
  • Module 7 - En Route
  • Module 8 - Flight Safety and Security
  • Module 9 - First Aid and Medical Assistance
  • Module 10 - Descent, Approach and Landing

Each module includes:

  • Topical vocabulary and vocabulary exercises
  • Communicative functions
  • Pronunciation tips
  • Listening comprehension
  • Role play and skits
  • Application in the cockpit
  • Topical reading and discussion
  • Related words and expressions
  • Interesting facts, word origins
  • Review

Who should attend

ICAO Level 4 proficiency is a requirement for:

  • Airline and helicopter pilots flying internationally
  • Air traffic control officers providing services to international flights
  • Anyone using English in real-time communication on international routes

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