Aviation English Language Solution - Training


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

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.

Course code: TAPH-19

How to register

There are no scheduled classes at the moment

What you will learn

This training will ensure that your staff can:

  • Achieve the required ICAO Aviation English Level 4 proficiency standard
  • Bridge language skills-gaps quickly
  • Handle regular and irregular operations and emergencies
  • Apply Aviation English in an everyday operational context

Course content

Training modules are tailored to reflect the Pilot and Air Traffic Controller work environment. Effective English-language communication is taught through repetition during a variety of realistic scenarios, covering regular operations, irregular operations and emergency situations. Standard ICAO phraseology is used whenever applicable.

The IATA-Berlitz training programs follow the Berlitz Method TM, which focuses on teaching a language through speaking. Learners are taught to think in English rather than translate from their mother tongue.

Berlitz Languages, Inc. is a world-renowned language service provider with over 400 training centers in 60 countries. The unique Berlitz Method TM is highly effective 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 Air Traffic Controllers:

  • 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, control room or tower
  • 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, charter, private and other fixed-wing and helicopter pilots who fly internationally
  • Air Traffic Control Officers (ATCOs) and assistants
  • Anyone using air-ground voice communications for international air operations

Additional content

Total Aviation English Training Solution

The Aviation English assessment and training can be delivered through many different training formats based on your training requirements.

1. Proficiency 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.

2. Training

Choose the lesson type that best suits the proficiency level and training requirements of your staff:

  • 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 and use 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 None None

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

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.

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