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Language Proficiency Testing

English Proficiency Rating. The school provides English Proficiency Ratings local and internationally.

SA Civil Aviation Requirements

61.01.7
LANGUAGE
Proficiency requirements

1. ICAO has specified English Language Proficiency Requirements, and mandated that these requirements shall be effective from 5 March 2008. There are six levels of proficiency in the requirement (refer to Appendix 1 of ICAO Annex 1 and the ICAO >Language&nbspProficiency Rating Scale attached to ICAO Annex 1).

2. In accordance with the requirements, Pilots and Air Traffic Service Personnel shall demonstrate a minimum proficiency of at least Operational Level ‘4’ of both ICAO Standard Phraseology and plain language, to be issued with or to maintain their respective licences.

3. The requirements further indicate that Pilots and Air Traffic Services Personnel who have not been rated at Level 6 proficiency shall be tested for English language proficiency at regular intervals to ensure that they remain proficient at the required level. Pilots and Air Traffic Service Personnel who have been rated at Level 6 proficiency shall not require retesting.

4. The six language proficiency levels are:

PROFICIENCY LEVEL

PROFICIENCY TESTING INTERVAL

Level 6: Expert

Retesting not required

Level 5: Extended

Retesting required every six years

Level 4: Operational (Minimum level)

Retesting required every three years

Level 3: Pre-operational

Licence not issued/maintained

Level 2: Elementary

Licence not issued/maintained

Level 1: Pre-elementary

Licence not issued/maintained

5. Language Proficiency Requirement applies to speaking and listening proficiency only and does not address the ability to read or write, in the English Language.

6. Areas of language to be assessed: The following six dimensions as prescribed by ICAO Annex 1 are listed as:

(a) Pronunciation: Ability to speak in a manner that is clear and easy to understand.

(b) Structure: Ability to compose concise, meaningful and unambiguous sentences or messages.

(c) Vocabulary: Ability to use correct words and phrases to match the setting.

(d) Fluency: Ability to respond, narrate events or describe situations naturally.

(e) Comprehension: Ability to understand and follow instructions without difficulty.

(f) Interaction: Ability to ask and answer questions, and engages in two-way dialogue without difficulty.

7. Licences affected by ICAO language requirements: The following licences are affected by this requirement:

(a) Aeroplane and helicopter pilots.

(b) Glider and free balloons.

(c) Air Traffic Service Personnel.

(d) Aeronautical station operators.

(e) Exempted from the requirement:
(i) Aircraft maintenance engineers.
(ii) Flight dispatchers.

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