What expressions do you use to “beef up” your Aviation English speaking? Do you feel that you can answer conversation questions and talk about Aviation English in a strong way?

Certainly, one way to improve your Aviation English is by improving your vocabulary. Another way is through the use of discourse markers.  A discourse marker is a linking word or phrase used to mark or define the connection between words.  There are discourse markers to add information, make comparisons, show differences, summarize, order, and illustrate.

In this month’s Aviation English check up coming out by 15 March, we’ll learn how to organize your thoughts and paint a better picture with your words using discourse markers.  You’ll see a photo of a security area in an airport.   Then, you’ll practice using discourse markers (like those in the infographic below) as you answer the following questions:

  1. How is technology used to make flying safer for everyone?
  2. How would you like to see technology improved to make aviation safer for everyone?

Finally, you’ll hear some examples of how some students answered that question and incorporated discourse markers to convey a clear and detailed message.  A little bit of practice goes a long way.  If you are trying to reach ICAO 4, 5, or 6, devote a little bit of time every week to practicing these skills.  You didn’t learn to fly or become a controller in a day, so be patient with yourself.

Also, try our other lessons like this lesson on vocabulary and remember to work with someone with is willing and able to correct your English.  You can’t practice alone because you won’t know if you are making a mistake or how you could give a better answer.  Don’t have someone to practice with?  Take a self-study course and get your practice checked by an instructor or take a live class with an instructor.

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