Modes of Aviation English training

Developments in online training and changes in perspectives

What 4 x Discussion & Workshop sessions
When 13:00 – 15:30 UTC daily
Fri 30 September & Sat 1 October, 2022
Where Online (Zoom)
Registration Fee * ICAEA Members: free
Non-Members: US $20
4 x Discussion & Workshop sessions
13:00 – 15:30 UTC daily
Fri 30 Sep & Sat 1 Oct, 2022
Online (Zoom)
Registration Fee*
ICAEA Members: free
Non-Members: US $20


Over the last 2 years, many Aviation English training programmes have adapted their curriculum and content for online delivery, and embraced Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) and e-Learning.

As the industry continues its recovery from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, what have we learned and what are our priorities now? How have Aviation English learners’ and trainers’ roles and attitudes changed? Have modes of English Language Proficiency (ELP) and communications training been altered permanently? What forms will online and classroom-based training take in the future?

Join us for these four discussion and workshop sessions led by ICAEA and expert guest facilitators.

* The registration fee includes participation in all four sessions.
Registration for individual sessions is not available.
Session recordings, presentations and other materials will be available to ICAEA Members after the event.


Discussion: Exploring the modalities of Aviation English training delivery
13:00 – 14:00 UTC, Friday 30 September 2022
Michael Kay, Jennifer Roberts, Neil Bullock


In this interactive session we will consider the different modalities of Aviation English training, from online self-study, monitored asynchronous learning, virtual instructor led training, to classroom-based learning. We will explore current trends and how COVID has influenced the long-term role of online forms of training.



Workshop 1: Rediscovering the Aviation English student and redefining the Aviation English specialist
14:00 – 15:30 UTC, Friday 30 September 2022
Michele von Merveldt (Aviation English Specialist)
Alan Orr (Associate Program Coordinator)
Department of Aviation English, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide


This workshop is for Aviation English professionals who endeavor to reorient themselves after making many adaptions related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

First, participants will “rediscover” Aviation English students as adult learners with learning needs that can be addressed via post-pandemic modalities for course delivery. Next, participants will “redefine” the Aviation English specialist by identifying the professional roles required for post-pandemic course creation and delivery. Finally, participants will bring this information together as they become familiar with learning management system (LMS) uses and tools for presentations and interactivity that address the needs of the “rediscovered” Aviation English student and that are available to the “redefined” specialist.



Workshop 2: Virtual instructor led training using authentic radiotelephony texts
13:00 - 14:30 UTC, Saturday 1 October 2022
Gerrard Neve (Aviation English Specialist)
Aeronautical Radio of Thailand


In this workshop we will share the experience of a small Aviation English instructor team working in support of the language learning needs of Thai air traffic controllers since transitioning from face-to-face teaching in traditional classroom settings to instructor-led online learning, post the COVID period.

We will discuss methods of incorporating authentic radiotelephony texts and recordings into virtual instructor led sessions, with a particular focus on designing and facilitating speaking activities that promote the development of work-related speaking skills for air traffic controllers. The workshop will explore creative ideas for speaking task types for use in virtual led language training.

Participants will be invited to work with a variety of authentic radiotelephony scripts and to share ideas for adapting these to create both meaningful Aviation English activities and broader lessons. Participants will be invited to share their own experiences with online curriculum development.

The workshop is suitable for Aviation English teachers, curriculum writers and language programme practitioners who may already be or are transitioning to online language training within their organisation.


Discussion: End-user perspectives on modalities of Aviation English training
14:30 - 15:30 UTC, Saturday 1 October 2022
Jacqueline Pulido, Thiago Silva


In this concluding session we will look at some aviation English learners’ perceptions of different forms of aviation English training and some pedagogical implications associated with the different modes presented in this workshop series.



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