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
- Helps participants to become confident in their role as 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.
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 annual recurrent examiner training requirements established as a language testing standard in ICAO Doc 9835 (18.104.22.168). 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.
Module 1 will include the following topics:
- Further familiarisation with ICAO Doc 9835 Manual on the Implementation of ICAO Language Proficiency Requirements (2nd ed. 2010, Montreal, ICAO)
- Further familiarisation with the contents of ICAO AUD001 Audio CD-ROM (2nd ed. 2007, Montreal, ICAO)
- Further familiarisation with the ICAO Rated Speech Samples Training Aid (RSSTA) (2nd ed. 2013, Montreal, ICAO)
- End of Module assignments A multi-perspective consideration & analysis of recorded speech samples
Module 2 will include the following topics:
- A detailed review of the key aspects of the ICAO LPR The revision, consolidation and extension of knowledge
- The practical application of the Annex 1 descriptors of the ICAO LPR A consideration and discussion of the ICAO ELP examiner experience of the delegates
- 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, consolidation and extension of understanding 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, consolidation and extension of understanding 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 Applying the assessment criteria Assessor calibration and standardisation (practice and certificate assessments)
Module 1 – Virtual (on-line guided learning)
The aim of Module 1 is to enable delegates to revise, consolidate and extend their knowledge and understanding of the documents and resources produced by ICAO in support of the implementation of its language proficiency requirements (LPR), and to assist them in developing and maintaining a level of detailed familiarity with the content of these documents and resources specifically relevant to their work as ICAO LPR Examiners. Having successfully completed the guided learning contained in Module 1 of the course, delegates will have reviewed and refreshed the knowledge and skills required to proceed to the tutor-led training contained in Module 2.
The objectives of the Module 1 are:
- To revise, consolidate and extend the knowledge and understanding of the delegates of those aspects of the ICAO LPR relevant to their work as ICAO ELP examiners;
- To allow a detailed familiarisation with documents and resources produced by ICAO in support of the implementation of its LPR to be refreshed, maintained and developed;
- To develop a detailed understanding and standardised interpretation of the Annex 1 descriptors of the ICAO language proficiency requirements;
- To provide calibration and standardisation activities in the application of the assessment criteria of the ICAO LPRs and in the rating of speech samples;
- To encourage consideration of the effect of examiner behaviour in oral proficiency interviews;
- To encourage a consideration of test and task design in oral proficiency interviews;
- 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 offers the opportunity for detailed consideration of the dual interlocutor/assessor roles of the ICAO LPR Examiner, considers the nature and contexts of the specific ICAO ELP testing systems in which the delegates are operating, and provides practical, tailored 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 revise, consolidate and extend their understanding of the importance of standardised examiner behaviour in the delivery and assessment of oral proficiency examinations, to further reflect upon non-standardised examiner behaviours that may impact upon candidate performance; to further standardise their interpretation of the ICAO LPR assessment criteria, and to further calibrate and standardise their application of the criteria in their rating of speech samples.
The objectives of Module 2 are:
- To further develop the understanding of the delegates of the dual role of the ICAO LPR Examiner;
- To further develop an understanding of the importance of standardised examiner behaviours and the potential impact of non-standardised behaviours;
- To further develop a standardised interpretation of the ICAO LPR assessment criteria;
- To check and ensure the calibration and standardisation of 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 with their colleagues and peers any and all aspects of the above;
- To enable participants to remain confident in their role as examiners of English for Aviation language proficiency for the purposes of ICAO LPRs compliance;
- To encourage on-going 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.