GALA is an assessment of the Aviation Language Proficiency of aviation personnel. It assesses the ability of candidates to communicate in plain English within an aviation context according to the requirements of the ICAO Rating Scale.

General and Aviation English Language Masterclass

The ICAO circular 323 ‘Guidelines for English Training Programmes’ defines the standards to be met in order to improve aviation communications worldwide, and states that their one single concern is safety.  Effective and efficient training is key to meeting these standards. The specific aim of this course is to attain and maintain the language proficiency defined as ICAO Operational Level 4.

Business English

Business men

An initial module focussing on the consolidation and review of general English, followed by a specific business English module.

AIM Specialists

Artistic aeroplane

A four week course of English language specifically geared towards AIM specialists.

Initially it focusses on developing general English skills, then progresses to aviation specific tuition.

ICAO Language Testing

Conducted by our qualified English professors, our ICAO language proficiency tests can be conducted either:

  • At our UK campus
  • At the customer’s preferred location
  • Using online video conferencing*

Candidates are tested using the ICAO rating scale, which contains the following six level descriptors:

  • Level 6: Expert
  • Level 5: Extended
  • Level 4: Operational
  • Levels 1 – 3: Non-operational.

*video conferencing subject to customer’s internet bandwidth.

ICAO Rater Training

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The ICAO Raters Course trains delegates to assess aviation personnel on the ICAO Language Proficiency Scale.

Training is given in the theoretical and linguistic basis of testing and this is implemented through practical exercises in the design and administration of tests.

The course is intended primarily for Air Traffic Controllers, Pilots or other Aviation experts who seek to qualify as ICAO Language Proficiency Raters.

Delegates are assessed on their competence to rate recorded and live candidates according to the ICAO Scale and on their ability to design and administer appropriate tests themselves.

Certificates of ICAO Language Proficiency Competence are issued to successful participants.

English for Specific Purposes

English for Specific Purposes is often divided into two categories. In both categories, courses are designed to meet the particular needs of the learners. At present the following courses are offered:

English for Academic Purposes:

The course is intended for those who will be studying in a UK University, College of Education or Training Institute.

Business English:

The course provides intensive practice in the English Language skills needed by those doing business in an English-speaking environment.

General English

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A wide range of General English courses are offered by the college.

Courses are based on a communicative approach to language learning and offer a balanced syllabus.

The 4 core skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing are taught, with special attention to grammar and vocabulary.

A variety of materials and methods are used to encourage student participation and interaction.

Examination courses are provided by the College.

Aviation English

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The ICAO rating scale contains the following six level descriptors:

  • Level 6: Expert
  • Level 5: Extended
  • Level 4: Operational
  • Levels 1 – 3: Non-operational.

Each level consists of the following language proficiency components:

  • Pronunciation
  • Structure
  • Vocabulary
  • Fluency
  • Comprehension
  • Interactions.

Training focuses on the specific skills described in the ICAO level 4 language profile.