The IFATCA Asia Pacific region developed the Speak English Program (SEP) to help enhance the English-speaking capabilities of ATC around the region. Given its initial success and interest from other regions, IFATCA decided to open up to program to colleagues from around the world.
A controller’s language and communication skills are critical for delivering the service. As English is the international standard language requirement for aviation professionals, it is therefore a priority to strengthen the general communication and English language skills of all Controllers.
The main purpose of the SEP is to create a welcome and friendly English-speaking environment without any judgement or pressure. The IFATCA Speak English Program (SEP) is not only to help the participants improve speaking English, but to help them be able to think in English, thus improving their overall English abilities.
SEP also provides an environment where air traffic controllers can practice plain English language and build up self-confidence in both usual and unusual situations that necessitate departure from standard R/T phraseology.