Aviation English and Communications Training for a Post Covid-19 Era

What 4 x interactive online workshops
When 13:00 – 14:30 UTC daily
Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 December, 2021
Where Online (Zoom)
Registration Fee* ICAEA Members: free
Non-Members: US $40
4 x interactive online workshops
13:00 – 14:30 UTC daily
Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 December, 2021
Online (Zoom)
Registration Fee*
ICAEA Members: free
Non-Members: US $40


The global Covid-19 pandemic has required rapid adaptations to the delivery of Aviation English training.

Over the last 18 months, we have come to embrace Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) and seen how curriculum and content needs to be modified for online delivery. We have seen how e-Learning activities delivered via Learning Management Systems (LMS) with support from instructors can provide an effective means to support the English Language Proficiency (ELP) development of aviation professionals. And, as we have become increasingly aware that effective pilot-ATCO communication depends on more than just language proficiency, what does training need to address in the future?

Join us for this series of four virtual workshops led by expert guest facilitators who will explore these issues, and allow us to consider training needs and delivery methods for a post Covid-19 era.

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


Designing productive exchanges between learners and instructors in online asynchronous settings
13:00 – 14:30 UTC, Thursday 2 December 2021
Don Toups, Jena Lynch & Alan Orr
Department of Aviation English, ERAU


Aviation English instruction might include numerous modalities including face-to-face, online, blended, and more; and there are now more tools than ever for facilitating meaningful interaction among learners and the instructor. Regardless of context and modality, instructors and curriculum developers can employ guiding principles to ensure the resulting learner experience supports program goals and learners’ needs.

This webinar will be of interest to aviation English instructors seeking to create activities that engender meaningful interaction between students and instructors. The presenters will discuss a video submission activity designed for their English for Air Traffic Control program, present considerations that informed the development of this activity, and introduce a design approach that participants can apply in their own contexts. Throughout the workshop, participants will meet in small groups in breakout rooms to reflect and discuss the ideas presented. At the end of the workshop, participants will have increased awareness of design principles and strategies as well as checklists for designing activities, crafting prompts, and developing rubrics for activities in their programs.


Department Chair Don Toups, and Associate Program Coordinators Alan Orr and Jena Lynch are from Embry-Riddle’s Aviation English Department. Don coordinates program development, Jena specialises in teacher training and development, and Alan’s focus is on the technological implementation of curricula.


Testing and training flight deck communications – an operational perspective
13:00 – 14:30 UTC, Friday 3 December 2021
Stuart Eaves
Human Factors & CRM Specialist


Many flight deck crew undergo periodic English language proficiency testing according ICAO LPR principles. However, the communication skills of all pilots, particularly those working for companies that have adopted Evidence Based Training (EBT), are checked and trained on a more frequent basis, whatever their ICAO English level.

This workshop will be of interest to Aviation English teachers looking to better understand how language proficiency supports the wide range of communication tasks that pilots have, by considering:

  • How is Communication (COM) defined as an EBT competency?
  • What overlaps are there between COM (within EBT) and language proficiency (within the LPRs)?
  • How is COM trained as an operational skill in EBT sessions, and, in other recurrent activities, such as CRM training?
  • How does this training support pilots with the communication challenges they face, particularly when working in a multi-national, multi-cultural environment?
  • How do pilots approach the assessment and training of communication skills? What are some of the motivational and practical challenges they face?


Stuart is the Senior Manager Human Factors for a leading global airline where he is responsible for the Human Factors (HF) and Crew Resource Management (CRM) programs for both Flight Deck and Cabin Crew, alongside research and projects to further enhance flight safety within the company.

Developing virtual instructor-led Aviation English lessons using authentic radiotelephony texts
13:00 - 14:30 UTC, Saturday 4 December 2021
Gerrard Neve
Aviation English Specialist, Thailand


This session will draw on the experience of a small aviation English instructor team supporting the language learning needs of Thai air traffic controllers during their transition from face-to face learning in a traditional classroom setting, to Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) as a result of Covid-19 working practices. We will explore how to use authentic radiotelephony recordings in online lessons. We will look at the design of learning activities, ideas for lesson staging, and how a range of activity types can develop work-related listening and speaking skills for air traffic controllers. We will also discuss broader issues related to engaging and motivating students participating in VILT lessons, and ways to optimise participation and pedagogy.

During the session, participants will be invited to share their own experiences with VILT curriculum development, and work with a number of authentic radiotelephony scripts to create staged Aviation English lessons from them suitable for online delivery. The session will be suitable for Aviation English teachers, curriculum writers and ESP practitioners who may already be, or are looking to transition to VILT Aviation English within their organisation.


With his background as a commercial pilot, Gerrard has been involved with aviation English teaching, assessment and curriculum development for 19 years. He is currently an Aviation English Advisor at Aerothai (Thailand’s ANSP), where his main interests are in testing standards and creating training programmes to align with the work-related needs of aviation professionals.

A mutual exchange: gaining the operational knowledge needed as an English Language Expert, and, demystifying the voice in the headset
13:00 - 14:30 UTC, Sunday 5 December 2021
Valerie Wilson
Aviation English Trainer, France


On becoming an aviation English instructor, it can take a long time to become even semi-competent in teaching English to operational personnel. In this session we will consider some methods we can use to gain and stay current with the operational knowledge required as an English Language Expert, able to identify and understand our learners’ needs, and hence provide pertinent training sessions and materials.

We will also identify opportunities to set up local and online exchanges between stakeholders who share the same or a similar working environment. Using a case study, we will see how the positive outcomes of such sessions not only motivate our learners through their interaction with each other on work-related topics, but also provide considerable insight to develop greater mutual understanding of each other’s perspectives on operational issues.


Valerie has been an aviation English trainer and rater since 2006, working primarily with air traffic controllers. With a background as a translator, interpreter, ESP teacher and Intercultural Management trainer, she has special interests in improving mutual understanding between pilots and controllers, and the impact of culture on pilot-controller communication.

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