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Aviation Communication

Between Theory and Practice


Edited By Silvia Hansen-Schirra and Karin Maksymski

This book contains a collection of articles dealing with aviation communication from a practical as well as a theoretical perspective. Its publication arises as a result of the conference «Languages and cultures above the clouds – International English between standardization and everyday aviation communication», which took place on the 4th and 5th November 2010 at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Germersheim. The book substantiates and prospectively encourages an exchange between pilots, air traffic controllers, (language) trainers and researchers, i.e. an exchange between theory and practice. Not only does it contribute to the discussion of communication problems, but also to the development of efficient solutions concerning communication in Air Traffic Control.


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Lynette Rees: The Role of Plain Language in English Training for French Air Traffic Controllers


95 Lynette Rees The Role of Plain Language in English Training for French Air Traffic Controllers 1 Introduction English language courses form an integral part of the training of air-traffic control officers in France whether as part of the initial training courses offered at the French Civil Aviation Academy in Toulouse (ENAC) or as on-the-job linguistic programs for qualified controllers. In both cases the courses are de- signed to enable the trainee or qualified controller to demonstrate a minimum ICAO level 4 for operational purposes or to achieve the extended level 5 on the ICAO scale. This field study draws upon my experience as an English language coordinator for the French civil aviation authority (DGAC) and will thus focus essentially on English language training programs for qualified controllers. At each air navigation service or air control center in France, an English lan- guage coordinator is responsible for setting up the English language training programs for qualified controllers, harmonizing these programs on a local and national level as well as coordinating the English training courses for trainee controllers with ENAC. Each coordinator manages a team of teachers locally and the training might include group classes, tutorials and immersion courses abroad. In accordance with the ICAO guidelines for aviation English training programs, the emphasis is put on the communicative approach to language learning with the objective being to improve speaking, listening and interactive skills. The main focus of the aviation English training is the domain of plain language in operational context which...

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