A BRIEF EXPLANATION OF THE ENGLISH PROFICIENCY INTERVIEW

Please Note: If English is your primary language you can skip this step.

To schedule an English proficiency interview, please click here (Remember: You only need to schedule an interview if English is not your primary language)

We like to believe that ADF students are a cut above the rest. For our international students whose primary language is not English, we take additional steps to assure ICAO English proficiency standards can be met. We believe that being proficient in the English language before beginning training dramatically increases a student’s opportunity for success.

It’s not enough to be technically proficient and knowledgeable; the FAA requires all US pilots be able to read, write and understand the English language at a basic level. The ADF Proficiency Interview can help students succeed by assuring they meet language requirements or suggesting improvement techniques if the student needs a little help getting up to standards.

English proficiency interviews are scheduled in advance. Interviewees will be notified in advance via email as to the time and date of the event. They can be done via Skype or one-on-one at ADF. The interview is a  “conversation” with either our Chief Pilot or our Program Coordinator. During that conversation, the instructor gauges the potential student’s English speaking abilities by using tested methods. For example, the interviewer might ask the student to tell them about their hometown in English or ask them to read a paragraph from a book. To be clear, we are not interviewing students to get an understanding of their aviation knowledge. Our goal is to make sure that students can communicate properly using English. At the end of the interview, the applicant will be given an immediate grade and presented with options based on grade criteria listed below:

Grades below 75%

This student will be asked to improve their English skills and will be allowed to re-interview in 6 months.

Grades from 75 to 84%

The student has the option to either attend ADF Airways’ IATE English preparatory course, which will serve to strengthen English skills, or strengthen their English skills on their own and re-interview in 3 months. If the student opts to attend and successfully completes the IATE course, he or she will be allowed to continue enrolment.

Grades above 85%

The student can opt to attend ADF Airways’ IATE Indoctrination course as a way to gain valuable insight into the training program before starting classes. Upon completion of the IATE course, the student would go to Miami for training.

Or

The student can continue the enrolment process and transfer directly to Miami when VISA and TSA requirements are met.

Please note that VISA and TSA processing will not begin until the student has successfully demonstrated English proficiency.

The IATE Course

ADF created the IATE course as a way to help students whose primary language is not English transition into the fast paced world of Aviation Training. The course teaches important aviation phraseology and basic English communication, which are critical components of the flight training program. Students attending the program gain advanced knowledge and valuable insights as to what they can expect in training, what individual areas need special focus, and how to best prepare for actual training. IATE is more than just English preparation; it involves simulated flight and ground lessons that are geared toward motivating the student to prepare for training. Studies show that a motivated and up to date student will finish training faster and with greater success than students with no advanced preparation.

ADF has found that students who come to the academy with a basic understanding of the English language have a greater chance of quickly adapting to the training program and graduating on time and on (or below) budget. Our goal at ADF is, above and beyond all else, student success, and to that effect we strongly believe that a quick 15 minute review can be a big boost to a student’s ability to excel. The downside of not being English proficient could mean extra training costs (thousands of dollars more in some cases) and an inability to obtain a certificate. Our goal is to train you to SUCCEED.

To schedule an English proficiency interview, please click here (Remember: You only need to schedule an interview if English is not your primary language)

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Please Note: If English is your primary language you can skip this step.