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Defining meaningful material for the teaching of English for aeronautical communications

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RTF, ESP or EGP? – Defining meaningful and contextually authentic material for the teaching of English for aeronautical communications. The concept of ‘plain’ language is still a cause for concern for many teachers of aviation English. ICAO (2010) stipulate ‘speaking, listening, and interactive skills’ taught using the ‘communicative approach’. The teaching of aviation English is not simply about enabling learners to absorb ‘subject matter focused’ material. The operational specificities of pilot/ATCO communication mean that it is not sufficient either to simply offer lists of aviation specific vocabulary to complement a learner’s current language in a ‘highly technical and safety specific context’. This chapter will look at what we mean by ‘plain language’, as well as the relationship between how RTF and plain language in aeronautical communication is used. It will go on to look at how, with the communicative approach, teachers of aviation English can develop an awareness of the language and the communicative strategies to use that resemble real-life communication, ultimately motivating learners by helping them to operate effectively in real life communicative tasks.
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This workshop is based on more than 10 years research and practice of teaching and testing English in aeronautical communication. It will engage participants in activities to increase awareness of the many factors that determine how the language in pilot/ATCO communication is formed and used. Three areas will be covered: functional language in non-visual and visual communication, cultural awareness in a multi-cultural environment, and understanding real world language as trainers. The activities will highlight the importance of considering multiple factors in language use to give valid and meaningful learning of real-world communication to our learners.
... Despite efforts to identify factors that may cause miscommunications during less than effective exchanges between pilots and ATCOs, and regardless of the studies already available on ways to improve the teaching of aviation professionals involved in RT communication (e.g., BOROWSKA, 2015;BULLOCK, 2015BULLOCK, , 2018BULLOCK, , 2019ESTIVAL, 2018;MONTEIRO, 2018MONTEIRO, , 2019b, the aviation industry can still benefit significantly from the application of research results in directions for teaching and high-stakes testing. Research reported in this paper draws on empirical data from Study 1 and Study 2 and aims to provide a more comprehensive analysis of the phenomenon being investigated. ...
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