This course is a mixture of online group discussion sessions and reading / listening activities to be done before sessions, over 5 consecutive days. Click here to see a full breakdown of how the course works day by day.
The course is suitable for those with a background in aviation generally who are not familiar with language testing issues, and want to know how to apply the ICAO Language Proficiency Requirements for Plain English testing. It’s equally suitable for teachers or language trainers who are not particularly familiar with aviation English language testing.
The instructors have many years of experience testing aviation English, developing aviation English tests and training raters. We all have Master degrees in Language Testing from Lancaster University.
The course contains input on the following topics:
Module 1 – ICAO Documentation & Language Testing Issues
The ICAO Language Proficiency Requirements & Document 9835
Language Test Reliability and Validity Issues
Module 2 – Pronunciation
The ICAO Pronunciation Descriptors
The Lingua Franca Core
Module 3 – Structure
The ICAO Structure Descriptors
Module 4 – Vocabulary
The ICAO Vocabulary Descriptors
Module 5 – Fluency
The ICAO Fluency Descriptors
Module 6 – Comprehension
The ICAO Comprehension Descriptors
Issues in Testing Comprehension
Module 7 – Interactions
The ICAO Interactions Descriptors
Module 8 – Rating
Listening to whole tests and awarding profile scores
Apply what you have learned to rate 4 tests, and receive feedback on your severity / leniency.