Course Detail: AVE-3000 - English for Air Traffic Control

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's English for Air Traffic Control (EATC) is a comprehensive instructor-facilitated online course designed to improve controllers' English language proficiency. During the course, students improve their English language and communication skills in addition to learning aviation content that is relevant to their work in air traffic control.

EATC is available in several formats, ranging from 100% asynchronous coursework to up to 40% live synchronous sessions with a teacher and/or a proficient English-speaking conversation partner. This course is available in multiple configurations of topic-based modules for up to 200 hours of instruction.

What You Will Learn

All modules address the ICAO skills of comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, structure, and pronunciation, and include activities that improve reading proficiency. Configurations with live synchronous meetings offer additional support for interaction skill development.

The course can include topics related to Human Factors, Unusual Situations, and the Future of ATC. Examples of module topics include:

  • Fatigue
  • Managing Wildlife Issues
  • In-Flight Fire Emergencies
  • Introduction to Handling Unusual or Emergency Situations
  • Introduction to UAS
  • ADS-B

Who Should Attend?

This course is recommended for:

  • Working air traffic controllers with intermediate English language skills
  • Air traffic control trainees with intermediate English language skills

Course Information

Coursework and meetings are web-based with no additional software required, although a reliable internet connection is necessary.

Course developers and instructors have master's degrees in Applied Linguistics or Teaching English as a Second Language and they have familiarity with the aviation content in the course. This course was developed in collaboration with aviation Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to ensure relevance and accuracy of information.

The course adheres to international guidance for aviation English training, such as:

  • Guidelines for Aviation English Training Programmes (ICAO Circular 323)
  • Manual on the Implementation of ICAO Language Proficiency Requirements (ICAO Document 9835).

If you are interested in English for Air Traffic Control or other Embry-Riddle Aviation English offerings or services, please contact the Embry-Riddle Worldwide Aviation English team at

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