Aviation English: A Lingua Franca for Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers

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Aviation English investigates the key issues related to the use of English for the purpose of communication in aviation and analyses the current research on language training, testing and assessment in the area of Aviation English. Based on a series of recent empirical studies in aviation communication and taking an interdisciplinary approach, this book:

  • provides a description of Aviation English from a linguistic perspective
  • lays the foundation for increased focus in the area of Aviation English and its assessment in the form of English Language Proficiency (ELP) tests
  • critically assesses recent empirical research in the domain.

This book makes an important contribution to the development of the field of Aviation English and will be of interest to researchers in the areas of applied linguistics, TESOL and English for Specific Purposes.

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About the author (2016)

Dominique Estival is a researcher at the MARCS Institute, Western Sydney University, Australia, and a flight instructor. She investigates the impact of pilot training and language background on pilots' ability to follow ICAO regulations for radio communication.

Candace Farris is a doctoral candidate at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. She investigates controller-pilot interactions and language testing policy in the global aviation context. She is co-author of the book Misunderstandings in ATC Communication: Language, Cognition and Experimental Methodology.

Brett Molesworth is a pilot and applied cognitive psychologist. He is a senior lecturer at the School of Aviation, University of New South Wales, Australia. Brett's research interests include pilot risk management and the effects of noise on pilot performance.

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