ICAO LPR: English Language Proficiency Examiner Training (ab initio)
40 hours | Virtual & In-company
25 hours pre-sessional + 15 hours tutor-led
- Offers examiner initial training of plain English in accordance with the ICAO Doc 9835
- Provides detailed overview of the assessment criteria of the ICAO LPRs
- Helps participants to become confident in their role as examiners of English for Aviation
The course offers initial (ab initio) examiner training of the ICAO recommended minimum 40 hours. It is designed for those seeking certification on the way to recognition by their NAAs as examiners of plain English in the context of aviation in accordance with the ICAO Language Proficiency Requirements (LPRs) for the language assessment of pilots and/or air traffic controllers for licence endorsement purposes.
The course provides the necessary foundation in the principles and practice of Aviation English language proficiency examining, sufficient for the participants to gain initial certification in their role as ICAO LPR Examiners. The course provides the examiners with an introduction to the theoretical knowledge and professional competence required in their roles. It develops a working understanding of the ICAO Holistic Descriptors of operational language proficiency and Language Proficiency Rating Scale, the application of the criteria contained in the Scale and Descriptors in the language proficiency assessment of air traffic controllers and flight crew, and the skill of examining spoken English in the context of aviation in general.
Please note that this training can be seen as professional development. Upon training completion, delegates will receive a certificate of attendance, which can be used to support delegate’s application for ICAO ELP examining work.
This certificate will not automatically confer the status of ICAO ELP examiner, and it is not sufficient to apply for work as an ICAO ELP examiner.
The course meets the ab initio examiner training requirements established as a language testing standard in ICAO Doc 9835 (220.127.116.11). It is targeted at individuals, organisations and National Aviation Authorities wishing to comply with this ICAO standard in terms of the initial professional development of their English Language Proficiency Examiners.
Module 1 will include the following topics:
- Familiarisation with ICAO Doc 9835 Manual on the Implementation of ICAO Language Proficiency Requirements (2nd ed. 2010, Montreal, ICAO)
- Familiarisation with the contents of ICAO AUD001 Audio CD-ROM (2nd ed. 2007, Montreal, ICAO)
- Familiarisation with the ICAO Rated Speech Samples Training Aid (RSSTA) (2nd ed. 2013, Montreal, ICAO)
- Familiarisation with the Annex 1 descriptors of the ICAO LPR and the principles of language proficiency rating for licence endorsement purposes
- Familiarisation with the ICAO Holistic Descriptors of operational language proficiency
- Familiarisation with the ICAO Language Proficiency Rating Scale
- End of Module Assignments (Introductory rating practice)
Module 2 will cover following topics:
- A detailed review of the key aspects of the ICAO LPR A focus on the essential elements of the requirements
- Eliciting the speech sample / Interlocutor Standardisation Perspectives on the potential impact of non-standardised interlocutor behaviours on the testing and assessment process
- Assessing the speech sample / Assessor Standardisation Perspectives on the potential impact of non-standardised assessor behaviours on the assessment process
- Perspectives on the ICAO Holistic Descriptors of operational language proficiency A detailed review of the critical skills of operational language proficiency to be assessed Developing a standardised interpretation of the Holistic Descriptors Describing the extent of language proficiency using the Holistic Descriptors
- Perspectives on the features of speech contained in the ICAO Rating Scale A detailed review of the features of speech to be assessed Developing a standardised interpretation of the Rating Scale Describing the extent of language proficiency using the Rating Scale
- End of Module 1 assignments review Assessing recorded speech samples (practice and certificate assessments) Applying the assessment criteria Assessor calibration and standardisation
Module 1: Virtual (on-line guided learning)
The aim of Module 1 is to enable delegates to achieve a level of general familiarity with the available documents and resources produced by ICAO in support of the implementation of its LPR, and a level of detailed familiarity with the contents of those documents and resources specifically relevant to the work of ICAO LPR Examiners. Having successfully completed the guided learning contained in Module 1 of the course, delegates will have attained the knowledge and skills required to proceed to the tutor-led training contained in Module 2.
Objectives for Module 1:
- To provide an introduction to the background to the ICAO LPR and to the purpose and significance of English for Aviation language assessment within this context;
- To enable general familiarisation with documents and resources produced by ICAO in support of the implementation of its LPRs;
- To enable detailed familiarisation with the contents of the ICAO-produced documentation and resources specifically relevant to the work of ICAO LPR Examiners;
- To provide a general consideration of the principles of ICAO language proficiency rating for pilot and controller licence endorsement purposes;
- To develop a working understanding of the Annex 1 descriptors of the ICAO language proficiency requirements;
- To provide introductory practice in the application of the ICAO LPR descriptors;
- To enable delegates to develop the knowledge and skills required to proceed to Module 2 of the course.
Module 2 – Virtual (on-line tutor-led)
Building upon the knowledge and skills acquired in Module 1, Module 2 considers the dual interlocutor/assessor roles of the ICAO LPR Examiner and provides practical advice and guidance in both eliciting a gradable language sample (the role of the interlocutor), and rating the sample (the role of the assessor). The module enables the delegates to gain an understanding of the importance of standardised examiner behaviour in the delivery and assessment of oral proficiency examinations, to reflect upon non-standardised examiner behaviours that may impact upon candidate performance, to standardise their interpretation of the ICAO LPR assessment criteria, and to calibrate and standardise their application of the criteria in their rating of speech samples.
Objectives for Module 2:
- To develop an understanding of the dual role of the ICAO LPR Examiner;
- To develop an understanding of the importance of standardised examiner behaviours and the potential impact of non-standardised behaviours;
- To develop a standardised interpretation of the ICAO LPR assessment criteria;
- To calibrate and standardise the delegates in their application of the ICAO LPR assessment criteria in their rating of candidate speech samples;
- To provide guidance and feedback to the delegates concerning their performance as assessors;
- To provide delegates with the opportunity to discuss and ask questions concerning any and all aspects of the above;
- To enable delegates to become confident in their elicitation and assessment of samples of spoken language for the purposes of ICAO LPR compliance.
Delegates will be expected to access and review material supplied in advance of the course and complete a number of pre-seminar activities.
ICAO specifies the following minimum professional requirements for ELP examiners with Aviation Operational Expertise (AOE):
- radiotelephony experience as flight crew, air traffic controller, or aeronautical station operator:
- experience in aeronautical operations and procedures as flight crew, air traffic controller, or aeronautical station operator;
- working knowledge of current practices as flight crew, air traffic controller, or aeronautical station operator;
- English language proficiency equivalent, as a minimum, to ICAO Level 5 (Extended)
ICAO specifies the following minimum professional requirements for ELP examiners with Language Specialist Expertise (LSE):
- education to a first-degree level or equivalent;*
- a recognised TESOL qualification;*
- at least three year’s full time, relevant teaching experience;
- age over 25 and under the national retirement age on appointment; and,
- language proficiency appropriate to the examination (EALT / ELSA), including clear diction (see below).
- English language proficiency equivalent, as a minimum, to C1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for languages
* A participant may be exempted from either the first degree or equivalent requirement or the formal teaching qualifications requirement (but not both) if considerable relevant English language teaching experience can be demonstrated and supported by positive references.
This course is delivered in a combination of self-access study and virtual classroom.
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English Language Proficiency Examiner Training Instructor
Simon has over 40 years’ experience in English language training and assessment. He has been involved in supporting the implementation of all aspects of the ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) associated with the ICAO Language Proficiency Requirements (ICAO LPRs) since the ICAO Language Proficiency Rating Scale was first published in 2002. During this time, he has worked as a lead consultant to National Aviation Authorities, Air Navigation Service Providers, airlines, ATC and pilot training organisations, and language training organisations, supporting them in their understanding and application of the requirements. Simon was the lead developer of the English for Aviation Language Testing System (EALTS), the first test to achieve UK CAA approval, and a testing system that, to date, has been used worldwide in the language proficiency assessment of over 30,000 pilot and air traffic control personnel. Alongside his continuing work with the EALTS, he remains an active Aviation English trainer, instructor trainer, examiner trainer and materials developer. In 2016, Simon was registered as an Aviation English Proficiency Expert for the ICAO Technical Cooperation Programme.