Presentation on theme: "Malta Language Proficiency Requirements Implementation"— Presentation transcript:
1 Malta Language Proficiency Requirements Implementation ICAO Workshop Rome 3-5 March 2010
2 ICAO LPR Implementation Did not present major difficulties.Level of English Proficiency is highStudent learn English for at least 11 years (1500 hours classroom time)
3 Education System Ensures at least proficiency level 4. 82% Level 6, 16% Level 5, 2% Level 4Text books in almost all subjects are in English.
4 AwarenessStakeholders are familiar with the ICAO language proficiency requirements (pilots, air traffic controllers, language teachers, regulators, etc.)Implementation Status – Pilots Yes / Air Traffic Controllers YesPEL Notices issued to inform pilots, controllers, training organisations and operators - about the requirements.Notices included information about the test.
5 Promulgation, legislation and responsibility (1) ICAO language proficiency requirements (Amendment 164 to Annex 1) have been incorporated into national legislationImplementation Status – Pilots Yes / Air Traffic Controllers YesJAR-FCL Amendment 7Transposition of Directive 2006/23/EC on air traffic controller licences.
6 Promulgation, legislation and responsibility (2) State has identified and approved the minimum level of language proficiency for ab initio training for ATCOs and pilotsImplementation Status – Pilots No / Air Traffic Controllers NoLevel of English at school leaving age accepted to start ab inito training.No difficulty to follow courses in English.
7 National coordinator(s) State has nominated a contact person(s) within the State Authority, airline or ANSP(s) to be responsible for coordination of matters at the national level dealing with the implementation of the ICAO language proficiency requirementsImplementation Status – Pilots Yes / Air Traffic Controllers YesContact Person Nominated
8 National implementation plan State has developed, approved, published on the ICAO web-page and is regularly updating the national plan of implantation of the ICAO language proficiency requirementsImplementation Status – Pilots Yes / Air Traffic Controllers YesMalta has met ICAO deadline of 5 March 2008.Letter sent to ICAO and published on the ICAO web site
9 English language training English language training packages are in place to meet and maintain ICAO level 4 requirementsImplementation Status – Pilots Yes / Air Traffic Controllers YesNo additional English language training is required for locals to meet and maintain level 4.English language training packages are in place for foreign students and for locals who need to improve their language proficiency.
10 Resources for implementation State has assessed and secured the resources needed to meet the ICAO language proficiency requirementsImplementation Status – Pilots Yes / Air Traffic Controllers YesMalta has the required resources.
11 Testing (tests, raters, interlocutors) State has selected and accredited at national level the following language proficiency testsImplementation Status – Pilots Yes / Air Traffic Controllers YesOnly one approved test in Malta.Developed by the Authority with the help of language specialists and subject matter experts.
12 Language Proficiency test(1) Language Specialist conducts one-to-one test and rates the applicant.Language Specialist tests plain language only.Phraseology is tested by an RT (operational) examiner.
13 Language Proficiency test(2) Takes about 30 minutes.Starts with audio recordings – pilot / controller.Audio recordings have a variety of accents to enhance validity.Aviation-related subjectsPart of the test is without visual cues.Language Specialist can ask about a wide range of topics – not possible to memorise answers for the test.
14 Language Proficiency test(3) In borderline cases the language specialists can request the assistance of a subject matter expert.
15 Testing (tests, raters, interlocutors) State has an approved programme of accreditation for testing personnel.Implementation Status – Pilots Yes / Air Traffic Controllers YesIn Malta there are only 4 authorised language specialists (Raters).Employed by the Authority.Number sufficient for a total of 500 licences.
16 Rater QualificationFirst degree (Bachelor’s) in English from the University of Malta or equivalent, orFirst degree in Education with English as one of the main subjectsFamiliar with language assessment and evaluation procedures and principles.
17 Rater Training (1) ICAO Language Proficiency Requirements Annex 1 as it relates to language proficiencyICAO Manual on the implementation of language proficiency requirementsSample audio assessments
18 Rater Training (2) Training focussed on pilot operation Airplane and Flight Segment TerminologyThe Aircraft Structure, Aircraft components, Flight Controls, Flight SegmentsDuties in normal operations, Flight Phases, ATC Communication, Normal ProceduresAbnormal ProceduresEmergency Procedures, Work Load During Emergency Procedures, Task SharingAccident ReviewAccidents and incidents where language was a factor.Ex: B747 Accident in Tenerife
19 Rater Training (3) Training focussed on ATC Operations Visits to: Air Traffic Control (an overview), PhraseologyDifferent types of emergencies, Airspace and ATC sections,R/T communications with aircraftGeneral requirements – fight plans/transponder codes…Overview of EUROCONTROL Document “Guidelines for controller training in the handling of unusual/emergency situationsVisits to:Aerodrome ControlApproach ControlArea ControlApron Control
20 Rater Training (4)Familiarisation flight on a large transport aircraftFinal briefing on test procedure
21 Testing (tests, raters, interlocutors) Raters and interlocutors attend regular refresher courses to maintain standardsImplementation Status – Pilots Yes / Air Traffic Controllers YesRefresher training is being set up where all the raters share their experience with subject matter experts and receive refresher training on operational aspects.No interlocutors are used.
22 Testing (tests, raters, interlocutors) - 2 What percentages of air traffic controllers and pilots in the State have already have achieved ICAO level 4 in language proficiency tests?Implementation Status – Pilots Yes / Air Traffic Controllers YesLevel 4 (+) Pilots 100% / Controllers 100%.Tested by a Language SpecialistPilots 72% / Controllers 100%
23 Testing (tests, raters, interlocutors) - 3 What percentages of air traffic controllers and pilots in the State have already have achieved ICAO level 4 in language proficiency tests?Implementation Status – Pilots Yes / Air Traffic Controllers YesPilots issued a temporary certificate are required to be tested by a language specialist by 4 March 2011.Where tests by a language specialist have not yet been conducted the level 4 is based on previous assessments by an operational examiner - JAR-FCL (5) (B).
24 Summary English is one of the two official languages. Widely used and frequently practised.Malta is compliant with the ICAO requirements.