Course Detail: AVE-3014 - Aviation Communication for Controllers: ADS-B [AVE-3014]

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's English for Air Traffic Control: Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) is a self-paced, online course designed to improve air traffic controllers' English language proficiency. You will spend 12-15 hours practicing your English language skills and learning about information that is important to the job of an air traffic controller.

The course adheres to ICAO Circular 323 - Guidelines for Aviation English Training Programmes and ICAO Document 9835 - Manual on the Implementation of ICAO Language Proficiency Requirements.

This course awards 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEU) upon completion. By completing the course, you will receive a digital credential that represents your achievement. You can share the digital credential with others online.

What You Will Learn

This course introduces Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B), a surveillance technique that improves air traffic management and provides more accurate and frequent information about aircraft during flight operations. In this course you will learn how ADS-B works, and explore how it helps improve efficiency and increases capacity in aviation.

In this course, you will:

  • Practice the ICAO skills of Comprehension, Fluency, Vocabulary, Structure, and Pronunciation
  • Improve your listening and reading proficiency
  • Create videos to practice your speaking proficiency
  • Study a specific language point to help you speak intelligibly
  • Complete workbook guides to reflect on your learning
  • Learn important information related to the module topic
  • Present ideas, opinions, and analyses about the information in the course

The course includes a workbook, multimedia presentations, interactive activities, audio recordings, and more.

Who Should Attend?

This course is recommended for those with intermediate English language skills (ICAO Pre-Operational Level 3) who are current or future air traffic controllers or other aviation professionals interested in air traffic control or Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B).

Additional Information

This course is online, self-paced, and asynchronous. There are no scheduled meeting times with an instructor. Coursework is web-based with no additional software required. A reliable internet connection is recommended.

You will have access to the course for 3 months so that you can complete the activities at your own pace. You can complete the activities as many times as you want to keep practicing your English skills.

The developers of this course have Master's degrees in Applied Linguistics or Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL). This course was developed in collaboration with aviation Subject Matter Experts (SMEs).

Aviation English at Embry-Riddle

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 For more information, visit the Department of Aviation English website.

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