Quick Tips

Need some quick tips to help you improve your Aviation English? In this section of the website we have combined some quick tips to help you achieve success in an ICAO English test.

It takes more than one person to communicate: the meaning of any communication is the response you get!

Ultimately the receiver’s reaction must be monitored for feedback to the transmitter. In aviation scenarios it is expected that both parties have an understanding of the importance of effective communication and both will adopt the responsibility to ensure that the communication is effective; although you should never assume this.

The transmitter must:

  • know what they want to communicate (i.e. know what response they want from the intended receiver),
  • be clear (use their manner of speech objectively and subjectively to make it so), and
  • test understanding (either by direct observable feedback, or through questioning).

The receiver must:

  • “actively” listen,
  • test meaning, and
  • demonstrate their understanding.

Aviation English Asia Ltd courses incorporate activities to reinforce checks against miscommunication, directly built into the Learning Method.

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The manner of speech used, when verbally communicating, directly influences the meaning given to the message by the “receiver”. This applies to both the objective and subjective messages.

Objective

Effective verbal communication relies on a shared understanding of a common language, and also a shared understanding of a common Vocabulary, or Glossary. That is, words have specific meaning within the context of aircraft, aerodrome and air traffic operations. Therefore standardised phraseologies have evolved to ensure “meaning” is conveyed without need for long explanations.

Aviation professionals are usually trained in using radios for remote verbal communication, and following instructors’ advice and by experience, they will adopt a “different” character of speech. Anyone who has used High Frequency (HF) radios to transmit position reports or gather weather reports will recognise their own adoption of an “HF voice and pattern of speech”. This, of course, is an attempt to make oneself understood by speaking slower, pronouncing more clearly, neutralising accent, modulating tone and volume, and emphasising (stressing) certain words.

Subjective

Non-verbal communication, such as body language, will “add to” any verbal communication when face-to-face and this will convey a subjective message that may contradict the objective message: eg cultural differences such as nodding the head “yes” whilst saying “no”, or nodding the head and saying "yes" intending to mean "I have heard you" but not intending to mean affirmative.  This is known as incongruence.  

Subjective messages can also be transmitted during remote communication in the manner of speech; it is possible to detect unease, lack of attention or care, uncertainty, and even over-confidence in another’s voice.

Aviation English Asia Ltd courses incorporate activities to reinforce checks against miscommunication, directly built into the Learning Method.

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Comprehension on numbers in frequency changes

"Sometimes I won't catch the numbers in a frequency change, the name of a fix or off-route waypoints because they might be pronounced differently"

United States Airline Transport Pilot International Flight Language Experiences - Report 2

Learning non-routine situations for an ICAO English test can be fun. But don't neglect routine situations.  As a candidate for a cadet programme it's far more important to become familiar with the topics and task which will be relevant to you at your experience level.  

Accurate listening comprehension can be gained in Aviation English Asia Ltd classes, and also as self study by listening to Aviation English Radio.  This is a free resource to give listening practice to AEA students around the world.  It's free of charge, audio is carefully graded and available 24/7.

Free ICAO listening comprehension practice

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Hong Kong

Aviation English Asia has been offering part time and full time courses in Hong Kong since 2009.

All courses are available in Hong Kong. Check the schedule above for details.

Vietnam

Aviation English Asia has been offering part time courses in Vietnam since 2014.

All courses are available in Vietnam - typically every 8 weeks, or by special arrangement.

Taiwan

ICAO Aviation English, English for Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, Technicians and Mechanics, and English for Flight Attendants are available in Taipei, Tainan and Kaosiung.

Cambodia

Aviation English Asia has been offering part time and full time courses in Cambodia since July 2018

All courses are available in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Check the schedule for details.

  

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