Alan Orr & Jennifer Roberts

Alan Orr, Aviation English Specialist, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide

Alan Orr is an Aviation English Specialist at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide. His main initiatives include developing curricula and teaching online and in-person aviation English courses for both pilots and air traffic controllers. Alan’s background includes instructional design, distance learning, and language assessment. Prior to coming to ERAU-W, Alan developed curricula and reviewed assessments at institutions of higher education in Turkey and Thailand. Alan earned his Master of Arts degrees in English and Teaching English as a Second Language from Northern Arizona University.


Jennifer Roberts, Aviation English Specialist, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide

Jennifer Roberts is a faculty member in the College of Aeronautics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Worldwide, serving as an Aviation English Specialist to develop and implement aviation English programs. Before coming to Embry-Riddle, she served as an English Language Fellow in Indonesia through the US Department of State where she focused on teacher training and program development, shortly after receiving her MA in Applied Linguistics and ESL from Georgia State University. Currently, Jennifer is focused on creating robust aviation English training programs for aviation operational personnel who use English as a Second Language.

The Ongoing English Language Issue in Ab Initio Flight Training

As the demand for pilots increases worldwide, the US and other English-speaking countries continue to host large numbers of ab initio flight students who speak English as a second language. While some students have the English language proficiency to succeed in flight training upon arrival, others simply do not. To address this issue, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is creating sustainable solutions to identify students with lower levels of English proficiency and to implement courses to address their needs. The presentation describes the newly developed English for Flight Training Assessment™ that ERAU is using to determine students’ aviation English proficiency levels either before or after students arrive in the US. Next, the aviation English in-person and online courses that ERAU has created will be described. Audience members will learn about how ERAU is re-energizing training focus by meeting students where they are and supplying English language training solutions before the students enter the cockpit.