ERIC Number: ED323755
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
A Course in English for Air Traffic Controllers.
McCann, Paul; Thompson, Lesley
A description is provided of a course, developed by the British Council in Madrid, Spain, to improve the English language training for trainee air traffic services personnel as a result of an increased demand for trained controllers over the next few years. The course aims to teach students in the areas of standard radiotelephony, non-routine language, and "general" English. The course requires 160 hours of instruction and is divided into four parts: (1) Communicative Tasks; (2) Exercises and Activities; (3) Live Recording Exercises; and (4) Simulated Recordings. A group of 56 communicative tasks forms the backbone of the course. These tasks represent all the parts of a normal flight, and each part has one routine task and one or more non-routine/emergency task(s). Another section of the course contains a variety of exercise types and activities to be used at intervals during the course either to reinforce/present a topic or to renew interest when a change of pace is needed. References are made to a 60-minute cassette containing live air traffic control recordings and 107 simulated recordings used as models of the phraseology used in a certain transactions with a pilot. (GLR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the World Congress of Applied Linguistics sponsored by the International Association of Applied Linguistics (9th, Thessaloniki, Greece, April 15-21, 1990).