COSTS:

The costs (per person) for the one-week programme will be: Course  £329 Accommodation in a host family (breakfast and evening meal)  £150 Hotel accommodation (bed and breakfast)         from £40 / night Medical Insurance (optional) £29 Transfers from Heathrow Airport  (National Express coach)  from £40    The “Course” price includes: Course (25 hours) All the tuition materials Online pre-course materials, and some online homework materials Free use of our self-study and computer rooms (we have some excellent computer-based English courses especially for listening and pronunciation practice) Free access to the internet
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Monday to Friday, 09:15 - 12:30 | 13:30 - 15:30 You will be given access to a website containing dozens of examples of candidates taking part in a TEA test, to exemplify the concepts we will explore in class
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* Meet the group * Review pre-course reading Analyse 3 of the 6 ICAO descriptors with real-life examples using TEA.
INTRODUCTION & ICAO DESCRIPTORS PART 1 PROFILE ANALYSIS:  PRONUNCIATION / FLUENCY / INTERACTIONS
* Review P / F / I rating * Analyse 2 more of the ICAO descriptors with real-life examples using TEA.  
 ICAO DESCRIPTORS PART 2 PROFILE ANALYSIS:  STRUCTURE / VOCABULARY
* Review S / V rating * Analyse final ICAO descriptor with real-life examples using TEA * Standard Setting (listening to full tests with scores and the reasons for those scores)
PROFILE ANALYSIS: COMPREHENSION STANDARD SETTING (LISTENING TO FULL TESTS)
* Listen to full tests and learn to apply the methods learned in Days 1 - 3 * Group & tutor support gradually removed until you feel confident to apply ICAO descriptors yourself
FULL TEST RATING
MAYFLOWER COLLEGE
RATER TRAINING
Homework: examples of S / V performances
Homework: more examples of candidate performances as required
Homework: examples of P / F / I performances
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
* 1 set of 5 tests to rate (2 attempts) * Introduction to Interlocution * Procedures & Standardisation
CERTIFICATION
COURSES FOR AVIATION ENGLISH RATERS (native speakers of English)  COURSE DATES:  10-14 September 2018 5-9 November 2018 11-15 February 2019 8-12 April 2019 13-17 May 2019 12-16 August 2019 09-13 September 2019 04-08 November 2019
FOR: Experienced Aviation English trainers or aviation professionals who are either native speakers of English or non-native speakers who already hold a suitable formal English language qualification - for example IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 7 in the listening and speaking sections) or Cambridge CPE Grade B. If you are unsure whether your English language qualification is suitable please email raters@maycoll.co.uk
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Non-native English speakers who do not have a suitable formal English language qualification should take a two-week course. See here for further details. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the course is to train participants to rate (assess) Aviation English performances according to the ICAO English Language Proficiency scale (the Descriptors). CONTENT: Understanding and applying  the ICAO English Language Proficiency Descriptors. Raising awareness of the key issues in language testing. Developing skills in assessing oral / aural language. THE ASSESSMENT: Trainers will be required to rate 5 speech samples to the required standard CERTIFICATION: Successful candidates will receive a certificate with the following wording: "Based on *****’s level of English and and her ability to rate speech samples accurately we believe that ***** is sufficiently competent to assess samples of oral / aural English language proficiency according to the ICAO rating scale for benchmarking / diagnostic and licensing purposes where those speech samples have been elicited by a trained interlocutor in a valid testing system which meets ICAO requirements."
If you want to check your suitability for this course, or its content, please email raters@maycoll.co.uk
TESTIMONIALS: “A big thank you for the awesome training. Liz and I both enjoyed it very much. It was useful, relevant and has given us both a firm foundation from which we can develop out own testing protocol for our team”. Cassandra - UAE "I highly recommend to any Contracting State under their Civil Authority or User (Airline /Company ) to consider wisely sending their air traffic controllers, pilots, teacher , trainers and raters  to study at Mayflower College because of their professional educational staff , excellent program structure and coordination , hospitality and most of all their expertise on the Aviation Language Issue". Sergio Alzamora - Panama "Mayflower College is one of a few colleges providing courses for raters. Since it is a new field in Aviation English it needs hard job. The courses we attended were conducted with high professionalism. All the teachers were enthusiastic, sympathetic, intelligent and we highly appreciate their desire to share their great knowledge with those who studied." Galina Nekrasova / Larisa Bragina - Uzbekistan "To my mind, the courses were really exactly the thing all Aviation Teachers need. Because, I am sure it's next to impossible to upgrade somebody's English Proficiency level without the appropriate knowledge of ICAO rating Scale. Another thing is that anyone may feel more confident in their students' benchmarking or licensing taking the courses in Mayflower College. Moreover, the Tutors were incredibly fast-thinking, really experienced and wise, tactful and inventive. Any experienced teacher knows for sure how difficult is to train grown-ups. And it's much more a complicated task to train self-assured, ambitious and sometimes overconfident teachers and top-managers. Our instructors managed to cope with this special task brilliantly and really pushed more bright ideas and knowledge into my exhausted head. As for all the administrative issues, I mean, schedule, accommodation, transportation, excursions and so on, everything was arranged with the best comfort. I didn't have a feeling to have come to an unfamiliar place. Plymouth itself is full of history and charm. The wind from the sea is really a challenge for anyone to fall in love with this land of rains and fogs, calmness and remarkable country-side, friendly and hospitable people. It was my first trip to Great Britain and it was really great to see the country that a lot of people could just dream about. Besides, it was absolutely necessary to share the experience of Aviation English teaching with the colleagues from Great Britain and other countries. Now I am able to inspire my younger colleagues in developing teaching materials, programmes and other tasks to help flight crews and air-traffic controllers reach Level 4 in line with new ICAO English Proficiency . Tamara Furenkova - Russia "We wish to express our deep appreciation and thanks to the teaching staff and Paul Stevens, the director of Mayflower College, Plymouth, for all hard work they had done for us. The training programme for aviation language instructors was perfectly developed to meet all our requirements and special needs. It was real pleasure to be taught and trained by the highly qualified language teachers who did an enormous amount of work in order to encourage enjoyable and productive learning. It was even greater pleasure to see that all the teachers were fully committed to continuous professional development and were ready constantly to search for answers to our unexpected questions."  Elena Lissitsyna, Russia "There aren't many occasions for exchanging experience in applying and interpreting ICAO rating scale. In the form as it is, with descriptors based mainly on adverbs of frequency, it's terribly difficult to be absolutely sure where 'sometimes' ends and 'rarely' can be applied ( is it still level 4 or 5 already?), or how to differentiate 'sometimes immediate responses' from 'usually immediate responses' (level 3 or 4). Thus the course you offer in Plymouth, in a form of a workshop, provides rare occasion for constructive discussion on any diversities occurring in interpretation of the scale, practical exercises in applying the scale for marking the speech samples as well as, and what I find most important, calibration of the future raters coming from different backgrounds". Magda Zalewska – Poland
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COSTS: The costs (per person) for the one-week programme will be: Course  £329 Accommodation in a host family (breakfast and evening meal) £150 Hotel accommodation (bed and breakfast)         from £40 per night Medical Insurance (optional) £29 Transfers from Heathrow Airport  (National Express coach)  from £40    The “Course” price will include: Course (25 hours) All the tuition materials Online pre-course materials, and some online homework materials Free use of our Self-Study and computer rooms (we have some excellent computer-based English courses especially for listening and pronunciation practice) Free access to the internet
AVIATION ENGLISH LISTENING EXERCISES FREE
MONDAY
MONDAY
MONDAY
Monday to Friday, 09:15 - 12:30 | 13:30 - 15:30 You will be given access to a website containing dozens of examples of candidates taking part in a TEA test, to exemplify the concepts we will explore in class
TRAINING SESSIONS HOMEWORK
RATER TRAINING
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WEDNESDAY
TUESDAY
* Meet the group * Review pre-course reading Analyse 3 of the 6 ICAO descriptors with real-life examples using TEA.
INTRODUCTION & ICAO DESCRIPTORS PART 1 PROFILE ANALYSIS:  PRONUNCIATION / FLUENCY / INTERACTIONS
* Review P / F / I rating * Analyse 2 more of the ICAO descriptors with real-life examples using TEA.  
 ICAO DESCRIPTORS PART 2 PROFILE ANALYSIS:  STRUCTURE / VOCABULARY
* Review S / V rating * Analyse final ICAO descriptor with real-life examples using TEA * Standard Setting (listening to full tests with scores and the reasons for those scores)
PROFILE ANALYSIS: COMPREHENSION STANDARD SETTING (LISTENING TO FULL TESTS)
* Listen to full tests and learn to apply the methods learned in Days 1 - 3 * Group & tutor support gradually removed until you feel confident to apply ICAO descriptors yourself
FULL TEST RATING
MAYFLOWER COLLEGE
Homework: examples of S / V performances
Homework: more examples of candidate performances as required
Homework: examples of P / F / I performances
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
* 1 set of 5 tests to rate (2 attempts) * Introduction to Interlocution * Procedures & Standardisation
CERTIFICATION