English for Aviation


CEFR: B1 – B2

English for Aviation is an ideal course for pilots and air traffic controllers who need to prepare for the language fluency test required by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). This course will look at standard aviation terminology as well as improve plain English in the skill areas required by ICAO.

This course consists of 8 units featuring authentic texts and listenings that reflect the latest trends in the world of aviation.

Course units:

  1. Introduction to air communications – Setting the scene, basics of radio communications, introductions to non-routine situations, ICAO alphabets and numbers.
  2. Pre-flight pre-flight checks, delays and problems, local conditions, asking for more time, giving a reason, saying what you are going to do, saying there is a problem. 
  3. Ground movements airport markings and airside vehicles, taxiing and holding, weather problems, explaining problems.  
  4. Departure, climbing and cruising take-off, encountering traffic, warnings about hazards, checking and asking for an alternative.
  5. En route events operational situations, unusual events, medical situations, comparing things, talking about probability. 
  6. Contact and approach descent, circuit joining, approach and landing problems, talking about time, explaining changes in plans.
  7. Landing landing incidents, runway conditions, landing hazards, reported speech, making suggestions. 
  8. On the groundtaxiing, getting to the gate, clear communications, explaining what happened, saying what will happen. 

Each course includes an initial level assessment, revision chapters and practical exercises.

*Courses based on the Oxford Business English series.