Developing an aeronautical English training unit based on the ADDIE model in an EFL context




ADDIE Model, Aeronautical English, English for Specific Purposes (ESP), Instructional Design


The precision and effectiveness of the communication between air traffic controllers and pilots is quite literally a matter of life or death. Speakers of aeronautical English, the language of communication in the realm of aviation, are required by the ICAO to meet a minimum standard of language performance across the communication skills of listening and speaking, yet miscommunication and misunderstandings across channels persist, potentially resulting in catastrophic collisions and incidents. This English for Specific Purposes (ESP) paper reports on the creation of an aeronautical English training unit guided by principles of the ADDIE (analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation) model of instructional design developed to assist Korean army enlisted soldiers and noncommissioned officers who are serving as air traffic controllers in the improvement of integral aeronautical English skills. Designed materials were assessed with the assistance of four subject-matter experts (SMEs) as a pilot test, and results of the evaluation demonstrate the potential for application of the ADDIE model of instructional design for future ESP instructional units.


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Author Biographies

Moonyoung Park, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Moonyoung Park is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the Faculty of Education at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR. He holds a PhD degree in Applied Linguistics and Technology and his research interests include aviation English assessment, language teacher education, and computer-assisted language learning. His current research is on AI chatbot development for aviation English training. He is the Vice President of the Asia-Pacific Association for Computer-Assisted Language Learning (APACALL: ).     

Sarah Huffman, Iowa State University

 Sarah Huffman is the Assistant Director for the Center for Communication Excellence of the Graduate College at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, U.S.A. She holds a PhD degree in Applied Linguistics and Technology and her research interests include genre and discourse analysis, academic writing instruction, and writing tutor training. Her current research is on science communication instruction and online writing consultation. 


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How to Cite

Park, M., & Huffman, S. (2020). Developing an aeronautical English training unit based on the ADDIE model in an EFL context. The ESPecialist, 41(4).