An analytical evaluation of Aviation English textbook

2015 IJRSLL – Volume 4 Issue 1


Khosravany Fard, Hamid*
Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran (

Khosravany Fard, Hamed
Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran (

Khosravany Fard, Ali
Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran (

Baghi, Bibi Ashraf
Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran (


The importance of textbooks in language teaching and language learning is undeniable. Due to the significance of English language teaching to the Iranian air traffic controllers as foreign language learners and the highly sensitive role they play in people’s everyday life, the present study is to shed more light on the role of a textbook mainly applied in educating these officers. This study carried out an evaluation of an ESP (English for specific purposes) book in the field of aviation called Aviation English for ICAO (international civil aviation organization) compliance by Macmillan publications. The evaluation of this textbook is performed on two phases of impressionistic overview and in-depth evaluation. For this purpose a series of checklists from Alan Cunningsworth (1995) in his book, choosing your course-book, were used. The results suggested that Aviation English follows a topical and functional syllabus aiming at improving aviators’ speaking and listening skills. Moreover, this ESP book integrates interactive activities in all parts of its units (pronunciation, vocabulary, and functions).

Keywords: textbook evaluation; English for specific purposes (ESP); syllabus; Aviation English for ICAO; air traffic controller; foreign language learners, impressionistic overview; in-depth evaluation



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