Aviation English

The goal of our program is to prepare students to master English, the international flight language they will need to succeed in their careers. Each aviation English class begins with a grammar lesson designed to preview basic language structures we will use throughout the day.  The grammar is reinforced through exercises that build the technical vocabulary that is needed for advanced flight school in English. 

 

Topic Outline

  • Theory of flight and navigation
    This beginning track introduces the basic principles and vocabulary of flight and navigation.  Topics range from aerodynamics, airfoils and lift to celestial and GPS navigation.  The vocabulary and principles are based on advanced flight school materials and reinforce new grammar points.

  • Mechanics of flight
    Students discuss the mechanics of flight, focusing on the aircraft equipment specifically used in the advanced flight school program.  The basics of equipment technology such as hydraulics, turbine power and instrumentation are introduced to further reinforce grammar structures.
  • Fixed and rotary wing flight
    This topic offers a comparative view of fixed and rotary wing flight principles and is primarily designed for helicopter flight school.  We cover elements of rotary flight such as tip-path plane, collective and cyclic controls to expand technical vocabulary while again reviewing basic principles and grammar.
  • Communications
    Focusing on best practices for radio operation, this track incorporates a pronunciation clinic, including accent detection and identification.  Examples of slang and jargon are introduced.  Flight recorder comprehension exercises and error detecting quizzes are included.
  • Equipment specific documentation
    Gradually integrated into the course from the beginning, manufacturers’ manuals serve as the primary material for topics and vocabulary.  Extensive equipment specific simulations, role-play and checklists are used. To conclude, a complete final review and summary of the course is given.

 

Case Study

 

The Origin of Our Accelerated Technical English for Aviation

 

Our accelerated technical English program for aviation began when our school contracted with a foreign partner to teach trainee pilots and mechanics. We developed courses to give them the skills they would need to attend flight school conducted in English.  The challenge was to prepare students to safely fly and maintain a large fleet of helicopters within a six-week timeframe.

 

Complicating the challenge, our students had no previous exposure to English or any other Latin-based language.  Most were from small, rural villages and had little formal education or technical experience – not even with automobiles or motorized vehicles.  Our client was very satisfied with the large number of trainees who qualified for regular flight school.  At the same time, we found a way to help the trainees who didn’t initially qualify by setting up a remedial program that included several unique methods:

 

  • rapid reading techniques to accelerate recognition of English phonemes, syllables, words and phrases
  • flash readers  - particularly effective when used in groups
  • organized competitions – both as individuals and teams

 

These techniques have been incorporated in the AccelanTech methodology. In addition, we developed exercises that expose students to a high intensity stimulus. This increases their comprehension speed and their response time - a vitally important characteristic for aviation as well as language learning.