What is backsliding?” you ask.  Backsliding refers to attaining a certain level or skill and then falling backwards.  You’ve worked hard to earn your ICAO English proficiency. And, if you are not yet ICAO 6, you want to ensure you are moving up—not backwards. Even though you may speak English while you are communicating over the radio, it’s easy to get into a pattern of calling out the same taxi clearances over and over and over again! Runway numbers, taxiway names, flight levels, weather NOTAMs, ATIS… After a while, there’s rarely anything new.  And that can cause backsliding.  That’s why it’s important to treat your English skills like muscles and keep them strong.  No one says that when you learn Aviation English you have to abandon your native language and study non-stop.  But, all things in balance, please.
Our former student, Ersin, from Turkey is a perfect example of NOT backsliding and following simple steps to improve his English.  While taking the Expedite Level 4 Intensive Paced Course, he learned the skills needed to improve from ICAO Level 3 to ICAO Level 4.  Ersin was a great student before becoming part of the Expedite Level 4 course.  In fact, he had earned his college degree in English!  Yet, he still didn’t achieve ICAO Level 4.  After joining our course, he learned the strategies and vocabulary needed to earn ICAO Level 4 in only one month!  Since that time, he’s used the materials and tools from the program to improve to ICAO Level 6 while continuing his career in aviation.  Ersin was featured a few weeks ago in our Pilot Profiles (monthly Facebook stories of students who have taken Expedite Aviation English courses, earned ICAO Level 4 or higher, and are now living our their dreams with careers in aviation!) You can hear his story here on YouTube.
In our most recent newsletter, we gave a few suggestions to keep your ICAO English strong across the six language descriptors just like Ersin did!  You can easily implement these suggestions into your daily and weekly routines.
  1. Read content in the areas you stumble.
  2. Practice fluency and interactions skills.
  3. For comprehension skill practice, describe and paraphrase.
  4. Go back and review a lesson from your flight training to keep your vocabulary strong.
  5. Practice your pronunciation.
  6. And for our last suggestion, you can always take a SIM time class once a month or a few times a year as a continued investment in yourself and your career.  Practice with our instructors live and receive valuable feedback.  That way, when it’s time to re-test again, you will be feeling strong!

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