Exploring factors of english language program designs for aircraft maintenance technicians (AMTs) in Colombia: a case study
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Torres Orozco, Steven Rafael
The current qualitative case study explores the factors of English language programs curriculum designs for Aircraft Maintenance Technicians (AMTs) in Colombia that might suggest adjusting or standardizing. The notion is extremely relevant since AMTs will almost always have to cope with aviation documentation in English at their workplaces, as more Colombian airline companies and airports require the ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English. Fifty-nine aviation students, 71 professionals, and five language teachers participated. Moreover, 15 different aviation programs were analyzed. Student and professional questionnaires, teacher interviews, and a comparison matrix were used to collect data for this study. Results indicate program curricular discrepancies, a need for multiple approaches for students, and a necessity for coordination between language and aviation professionals. The findings highlight the importance of customizing the English curriculum for AMTs students. Future implications include presenting and channeling the findings through the aviation authority in Colombia, Aerocivil, to establish new linguistic guidelines for all aviation schools that offer maintenance programs promoting better communication in English.