Say again! Aviation english in a CALL world english for special purpose in an e-learning context.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Education
A critical component of the aviation industry is communication. Aviation English is the international language of aviation and it is spoken by aviators (pilots and air traffic controllers) across the globe. Educators in the aviation field are looking to technology to provide a training platform for Aviation English for non-native English speakers and they have concerns about aviation students’ motivation to learn in an online context. This research project explores Aviation English from an e-learning perspective and seeks to answer the questions, “Are students of Aviation English motivated to learn in an online environment?” and “What components need to be present in an e-learning Aviation English course to optimise student engagement?”
This project used a case study research approach to examine the experiences of international students of aviation, who were or had been based in two aviation training organisations in New Zealand. Data was gathered from student pilots, student air traffic controllers, teachers and the researcher through a survey of students, interviews with teachers and the researcher’s journal. Dörnyei’s (2016) theory of Direct Motivational Currents was used as a framework for understanding students’ motivation for e-learning. Findings showed that students could be motivated to participate online but were only motivated when certain elements were present within the training organisation and within the course design. The conclusions are useful for informing English for Special Purpose (ESP) educators and course designers about the critical elements that need to be present to motivate student participants in an e-learning context.