Jenny Drayton

Jenny Drayton


MYLT 101

Investigating Air Traffic Controllers’ language use in emergency situations: Roger, Wilco

Jenny Drayton

Victoria University of Wellington

What language do air traffic controllers use in emergency training and why do we need to know?

Air traffic controllers receive regular emergency simulator training as part of their professional development and training. For staff teaching an ESP course in the UAE, it was unclear what language was used or needed for this training: standard aviation phraseology (e.g. hold short) or plain English or both? What language do controllers believe they need to use in emergency situations? This seminar reports on interviews with nine controllers in UAE. Findings suggest a major diverge in beliefs which reflect contradictions

in definitions of standard phraseology and plain language in the literature. Implications for teaching and future research will be discussed.

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