ICAO LPR: English Language Proficiency Examiner Training (Recurrent)
25 hours | Virtual & In-company
10 hours pre-sessional + 15 hours tutor-led
- Offers examiner recurrent training of plain English in accordance with the ICAO Doc 9835
- Provides detailed overview of the assessment criteria of the ICAO LPRs
- Enables participants to become confident examiners of English for Aviation
The course offers recurrent examiner training of the ICAO recommended minimum 24 hours. It was designed for those already certificated 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 appropriate revision, consolidation and extension of the theoretical knowledge and professional competence required by the participants in their roles as ICAO LPR Examiners, along with further insights into 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.
The course meets annual recurrent examiner training requirements established as a language testing standard in ICAO Doc 9835 (184.108.40.206). It is targeted at individuals, organisations and National Aviation Authorities wishing to comply with this ICAO standard by means of the continuing professional development of their certificated English Language Proficiency Examiners.
This training course will include the following topics:
- The content of ICAO Doc 9835 and associated ICAO guidance relevant to the role of the ELP examiner
- Detailed familiarisation with the assessment criteria of the ICAO LPRs
- The standardisation of interlocutor behaviours and the importance of reflective practice
- The standardisation of assessor behaviours and the importance of reflective practice
Through a combination of self-access study, guided learning, presentations and facilitated discussion, the objectives of the course are the following:
- To provide a detailed overview of the ICAO LPRs appropriate to the knowledge and experience of the participants;
- To develop an understanding of the background to the ICAO LPRs and of the purpose and significance of English for Aviation language assessment within this context appropriate to the participants in their roles as examiners;
- To ensure the continuing detailed familiarisation with the assessment criteria of the ICAO LPRs as appropriate to personnel required to examine, assess and rate the language proficiency of air traffic controllers and flight crew for professional licence endorsement purposes;
- To ensure the continuing calibration and standardisation of the participants in their application of the assessment criteria of the ICAO LPRs and in their rating of speech samples;
- To continue the development of the understanding of the participants of the various roles of the examiner and the importance of standardised examiner behaviour in the administration of oral proficiency examinations;
- To enable participants to become confident in their role as examiners of English for Aviation language proficiency for the purposes of ICAO LPRs compliance;
- To encourage on-ging reflective practice.
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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- Web = Virtual online delivery using WebEx video conferencing. We have applied a 5% discount to all our virtual course deliveries. Unless stated otherwise, our virtual courses are streamed live, starting at 09:00 am (UK time).
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.