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Altitude Aviation English course delivered in Indonesia

Kaaryn Stephens with cadet pilots at STPI’s Independence Day ceremony.

RMIT English Worldwide (REW) Language Educator, Kaaryn Stephens, recently returned from Jakarta where she was delivering RMIT Training’s Aviation English course, Altitude as Stage 2 of a project with STPI (Sekolah Tinggi Penerbangan Indonesia), the Indonesian Civil Aviation Institute.

The course was taught to a group of Indonesian instructors within the pilot, air traffic control, aircraft maintenance and management training streams.  

The aim of the project is to embed English as the language of delivering language aviation training on the STPI campus. 

Altitude is a tailored training solution specifically designed to provide Aviation English development for trainees preparing to start their career in the industry. 

As well as delivering Aviation English training using Altitude, there was a component of English teaching methodology where REW trainers provided mentoring and support to the local instructors on how to teach in English.   

Ms Stephens shared positive feedback from the instructors regarding how the course methodology and activities helped involve them in the classes.  

“The course encouraged the instructors to become more confident using English. It was fun and supportive of instructors and motivated them to try new techniques in the classroom to get better results,” she said.

“Teaching in teams, observing classes and providing feedback were all part of the course, and this enabled the participants to start incorporating more student-centred activities into their everyday teaching.”

Classes were scheduled to fit in with participants’ concurrent responsibilities to deliver their own classes and assessment. 

RMIT Training has a longstanding relationship with overarching body, HRDTA (the Human Resources Development for Transportation Agencies) in Indonesia. This began in 2013 when STPI collaborated with RMIT Training to deliver aviation testing. Other Aviation English courses have also since been delivered in Melbourne.    
Altitude includes a wide range of enjoyable and engaging 1-hour lessons. This significantly contributes to trainees remaining motivated and interested and effectively builds their English-language communication skills.

Face-to-face interaction is an integral part of the course to enhance the success of the trainees. Qualified Aviation English language instructors who deliver the course can reference RMIT Training’s comprehensive teacher support materials and ongoing professional support.

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