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:
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.
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.