A high standard of English is a matter of professionalism in airline pilots, yet many candidates applying for an airline's cadet programme neglect English until they fail a test. The question is, why do so many candidates leave it until the last minute.
English is just a language, like Cantonese, Portuguese and Spanish. We all have strengths and weaknesses and it's acceptable to have a weakness in using English. One of the difficulties is that an ICAO test just gives you scores from 1-6 in various categories. It doesn't tell a candidate much about what they can and can't do. That's one of the reasons why the Aviation English Organisation developed the AEROSTA Framework as an enhanced proficiency testing system for the aviation community.
When a learner disregards their scores, and instead focuses on skills they realise they need to develop, they are in turn developing themselves as professionals.
Aviation English Asia classes have a sensible, and realistic class length that is proven to help learners achieve their goal. Our classes are designed to be frequent and often, so you get plenty of practice and your level doesn't drop between classes. Of course, for learners who are at a very high level already this doesn't matter so much, but for most learners in Hong Kong class length is a very important factor.
Realistically, most learners between ICAO level 3 and ICAO level 5 are not going to benefit much after 2 hours. We have found that 90-120 minutes is the optimum time for learning efficiency, especially if you have a day job.
Some of our students who are airline pilots actually attend very intensive courses during daytime, studying up to 6 hours per day. But their needs are different and we frequently change the type of activities so they don't get too tired.
WARNING: Avoid crash courses!
Hong Kong, much like Taiwan and Thailand is affected by a phenomenon known as bu xi bans. This translates from mandarin as "cram school". It's basically where a school is set up trying to help candidates cram for exams. They offer "crash courses". They copy each other, compete on price and employ backpacking English teachers, usually without a teaching certificate. The result is students who can barely improve their english but have mediocre exam scores. They focus on the test but not on building genuine language proficiency.
We have seen a few schools trying to copy our class format recently - even copying names like "unit" and "workshop" and large parts of the text on our website, but they make a fatal mistake - they try to cram information into 4 hour classes. Some of them even try to copy our company name. This is proof that they are scam organisations. They certainly have no experience in language teaching, and they are just interested in getting your money.
Aviation English Asia Ltd is the only reputable provider of Aviation English is Hong Kong. We have offered full time courses in Hong Kong since 2009. We are also a founder member of the Aviation English Organisation.
ICAO ENGLISH TEST ADVICE: If you fail an interview or ICAO test keep learning English with AEA until you reach the required level
One of the most frequent problems we see in Hong Kong is that candidates apply for a cadetship too early (before they are really ready) and they don't pass interviews because of their English level.
After that they either a) lose interest in aviation completely or b) come back to AEA 11 months later - with only enough time to improve a tiny bit.
The other problem we see is "self-study victims" - people who try to save money by self studying for a year - but they focus on the wrong thing, and then come to AEA a few weeks before their interview or ICAO test.
So, INVEST in yourself, INVEST in English with Aviation English Asia and you will find that it improves every aspect of your life - in addition to helping you succeed in gaining a cadetship.
This is the best course to help you achieve that goal. http://aviationenglish.com/english-for-pilots-and-atcos/icao-aviation-english-for-cadet-entry-pilots
ICAO ENGLISH TEST ADVICE: All good airlines want their new-hire pilots to achieve ICAO level 5 or 6. If you are applying for an airline as a cadet pilot and only have ICAO level 4 you will probably be advised to keep working on your English throughout the selection process. This is the best course to help you achieve that goal. http://aviationenglish.com/english-for-pilots-and-atcos/icao-aviation-english-for-cadet-entry-pilots
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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.
ICAO Aviation English, English for Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, Technicians and Mechanics, and English for Flight Attendants are available in Taipei, Tainan and Kaosiung.
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.