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  • Speech Power Take-Off

    International Aviation English

    English Courses for the airline professions
    Designed for airline pilots, air traffic controllers, aircrew, ground staff
    Rapid international exam preparation
Target Language: English as the International Aviation Language
  • Preparation for the "English Language Program Certificate" (ELP)
  • Individual training is focused on professional language needs: aircraft and helicopter pilots, air traffic controllers, cabin personnel, ground staff (security officer, accompanist, ramp agent, mechanic, etc.)
  • The contents were selected by professionals corresponding to the targeted business.
  • Blended program is organized both online and face to face (see below).

  • This is a "Blended" program that combines the advantages of two complementary approaches: technology and human.
  • Technology: the SpeedLingua software modifies your voice in real time and this particular change opens your ears to new sounds and improves your pronunciation and fluency, thanks to the plasticity of the brain that has been fooled (return of modified voice in the headphones). No human being can fool your brain. Ten to twenty online working hours are necessary to achieve this opening (like the ear of a child).
  • Human: face-to-face or webcam: the coach will cultivate your interaction spontaneity. This helps you to structure the language, applies the online contents, and puts you in close-to-real-life situations (there is nothing better than role playing). His or her adaptability and personal advice, plus  the exchange diversity, make the coach a key player in your rapid progress in English.
  • In total, up to 2x faster than conventional training (in face-to-face training for example). This is the language program with the best return on investment.

According to the criteria of the ICAO - the International Civil Aviation, proficient speakers must be able to:

  1. communicate effectively in voice-only (telephone and radiotelephone) and in face-to-face situations;
  2. communicate on common, concrete and work-related topics with accuracy and clarity;
  3. use appropriate communicative strategies to exchange messages and to recognize and resolve misunderstandings (e.g. to check, confirm, or clarify information) in a general or work-related context;
  4. handle successfully and with relative ease the linguistic challenges presented by a complication or unexpected turn of events that occurs within the context of a routine work situation or communicative task with which they are otherwise familiar;
  5. use a language or accent which is intelligible to the aeronautical community.

ICAO grades English language performance on a scale of 6 levels from 6 (highest) to 1 (lowest):

Level 6: Expert
Level 5: Extended
Level 4: Operational
Level 3: Pre-operational
Level 2: Elementary
Level 1: Pre-elementary

ICAO Language Proficiency Requirements (LPRs) for Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers

In order to conform with ICAO Language Proficiency requirements, Pilots, Air Traffic Controllers and all others who use English in R/T communication on international routes must be at ICAO English Language Level 4 (Operational) or above. An individual must demonstrate proficiency at Level 4 in all six ICAO categories in order to receive a Level 4 rating.

  • Level 4 is called "operational" in the scale of the ICAO Language Proficiency  Test. It means getting at least 60% in the 6 ICAO criteria (see below).
  • To choose the right program for your needs, see " Different Take-Off programs" below. The choice will depend on your current level.
  • With the blended Power Speech Program and thanks to its advanced technology, time is halved. The return on investment is doubled compared to a conventional training.

Level 5 and 6 are also reachable with these courses. The contents and objectives are adapted to the target level and requirements.

Level 4 :

PRONUNCIATION: Pronunciation, emphasis, rhythm, and intonation are influenced by the first language or regional variation but only sometimes interfere with ease of understanding.

STRUCTURE: Basic grammatical structures and sentence patterns are used creatively and are usually well controlled.  Errors may occur, particularly in unusual or unexpected circumstances, but rarely interfere with meaning.

VOCABULARY: Vocabulary range and accuracy are usually sufficient to communicate effectively on common, concrete, and work-related topics.  Can often paraphrase successfully when lacking vocabulary in unusual or unexpected circumstances.

FLUENCY: Produces stretches of language at an appropriate tempo.  There may be occasional loss of fluency on transition from rehearsed or formulaic speech to spontaneous interaction, but this does not prevent effective communication.  Can make limited use of discourse markers or connectors.  Fillers are not distracting.

COMPREHENSION: Comprehension is mostly accurate on common, concrete, and work-related topics when the accent or variety used is sufficiently intelligible for an international community of users.  When the speaker is confronted with a linguistic or situational complication or an unexpected turn of events, comprehension may be slower or require clarification strategies.

INTERACTIONS: Responses are usually immediate, appropriate, and informative.  Initiates and maintains exchanges even when dealing with an unexpected turn of events.  Deals adequately with apparent misunderstandings by checking, confirming, or clarifying.

Source: "Manual on the Implementation of ICAO Language Proficiency Requirements", International Civil Aviation Organization (2004).

See complete table for the 6 ICAO levels

  • Objectives accessible even in two weeks (Take-Off 15 and 20).
  • Rapid development of listening comprehension, even in difficult conditions (e.g. correct radio message deciphering, even with interference) thanks to the audio-phonatory loop, a specific software program that educates the ear and opens it to the sounds of English.
  • Rapid development of oral expression (targeted vocabulary, correct construction of clear sentences, adequate linguistic reflexes even under stress).
  • Improving auditory memory (storing and recalling easily heard information)
  • Improving reading comprehension coupled with listening comprehension.
  • Take-Off 15 (15 hours of training including 10 hours online and 5:00 remote coaching): reactivation of passive knowledge (school English , rusty English from lack of practice). This formula is recommended when between 50 and 60% obtained on the test. It is an economical program.
  • Take-Off 20 (20 hours including 10 hours online and 10 hours of coaching face to face or remotely) this program allows it to work more automation in oral expression than the previous program (Take-Off 15). This program is recommended when between 40 and 50% is obtained on the test.
  • Take-Off 30 (30 hours including 15 hours online and 15 hours of coaching face to face or remote): comprehensive program to improve significantly in the 3 mentioned language skills. This program is recommended when about 40% is obtained on the test.
  • Take-Off 40 (40 hours including 20 hours online and 20 hours of coaching face to face or remote): comprehensive program to improve significantly in the 3 mentioned language skills. This program is ideal when the test results are below 40%.
  • Take-Off 60 (60 hours including 30 hours online and 30 hours of coaching face to face or remote): comprehensive program to achieve two levels or to improve significantly. Full program recommended for people with major difficulties learning English and when the test results are lower than 30%.

These programs also apply to levels 5 and 6. In these cases, the contents and the degrees of difficulty are adapted to each level’s requirements.