Tyrone Aviation English Blog

All aspects of safety in communication in the domain of aviation.

Flight Safety Foundation Article Published

I'm pleased to announce that Flight Safety Foundation has just published my article about the communication problems from native speakers. Read more here: https://flightsafety.org/asw-article/communication...

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The Native English-speaking Aviation English Teacher Myth

It is very disheartening to see the aviation industry littered with language schools capitalising on commercial opportunities and boasting about the fact that they are, or have access to, native English-speaking teachers. It is so frustrating to see how so many people miss the point. In...

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Accent Familiarisation

In an international communication setting, and when I say international, I'm referring to English being used a medium of communication where at least one participant is not a native English speaker<sub>1</sub>, there is a chance that the participants will have to accommodate to each...

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Enhancing the learning experience with technology

It can sometimes be difficult to find authentic role playing activities for students, especially in aviation.

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Is lifetime validity for ICAO level 6 ‚Äča good thing?

ICAO recommend that a level 6 is given lifetime validity. There are a number of problems with this.

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ICAO Level 4: Testing for Native English Speakers?

At the moment, ICAO does not mandate that native English speakers be tested for language proficiency as they are 'probable expert speakers'. However, this is problematic for a number of reasons; firstly, what 'is' a native speaker? How do you define it? I can say that scholars are unable to...

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The Native Speaker Problem in Aeronautical Radiotelephonic Interactions

With the introduction of the ICAO language proficiency requirements, it seems that the onus for safeguarding successful communication seems to be on the non-native speaker. In many cases, they are tested and taught how to approximate to inner-circle native speaker norms. This is particularly...

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