Aviation English Training for Operational Personnel

Meeting the language training needs of pilots and air traffic controllers

WHEN: 29th & 30th April, 2016
WHERE: Santa Maria Island,
The Azores

The 2-day program explored key topics concerning language training for operational personnel. As a result of feedback from participants that this was one of ICAEA’s most successful and practically useful recent events, we are planning similar format workshops in the future.

ICAEA Workshop: Santa Maria Island, The Azores – 29th & 30th April, 2016



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“Communication and culture”

Stephen Carver
Cranfield University

See the presentation here


Workshop A

“A step-by-step approach – The critical role of needs analysis in teaching aviation English”

Neil Bullock
English Plus

Workshop materials:
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Workshop B

“Approaches to curriculum development”

Gareth Williams
Horizon International Flight Academy

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Workshop C

“Developing Aviation English trainer competencies: Exploiting available resources”

Cecilia Denis
ICAEA Board Member

Workshop materials:
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Workshop D

“Washback: The effect of language testing on training and preparation”

Karmen Štumberger
CAA Slovenia

Workshop materials:
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Workshop E

“Technology as a learning aid for cabin and flight crew”

Hulya Arinik
Turkish Airlines

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Workshop F

“Lesson design and development: Developing communicative strategies using authentic stimuli”

Michael Kay
ICAEA President

Workshop materials:
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Workshop G

“Content-based Aviation English for multi-disciplines”

Jennifer Roberts
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Workshop materials:
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Workshop H

“Back to basics: Developing content-based Aviation English”

Elizabeth Mathews
ICAEA Vice-President

Workshop materials:
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ICAEA is very grateful to all our sponsors who did much to ensure the success of this workshop – especially APPLA (Portuguese Pilot’s Association) and SATA Airlines Training Centre who hosted the event.