Here’s a video of the world’s air traffic over 24 hours:
Find more videos like this on Virtual Round Table (Thanks for this, Heike!)
Important things are happening in Aviation English. The International Civil Aviation Organization has introduced global language proficiency standards for pilots and air traffic control staff. Everyone’s supposed to comply by 2011 and get up to a ‘Level 4’ so the race is on to meet the deadline.
There are problems with the standards (and their application) but lots of effort is going into getting pilots and ATC staff trained up and there are some very committed people in the field. Heike’s link above leads to videos of Henry Emry, the author of Aviation English, who is a good example.
I think Keith Morrow was right when he said:
“The really big idea of the CEF – more revolutionary in its implications than anything to do with descriptors of language levels – is that learners should be helped to think about their own learning, and that teachers should be helped to think about their own teaching.”
Who knows where a process of thinking about learning and teaching could lead us here. But my hunch is it’s towards a deeper understanding of the nature of decision making and people skills and I find that very exciting.