Developing an aviation-based syllabus for PAFU officer-cadets
 
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Foreign Languages, Polish Air Force University, Poland
 
 
Submission date: 2023-08-30
 
 
Final revision date: 2023-10-18
 
 
Acceptance date: 2023-10-28
 
 
Online publication date: 2023-10-31
 
 
Publication date: 2023-10-31
 
 
Corresponding author
Sylwia Filipczuk-Rosińska   

Foreign Languages, Polish Air Force University, Dywizjonu 303 nr. 35, 08-521, Dęblin, Poland
 
 
Przegląd Nauk o Obronności 2023;(16):100–116
 
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Objectives:
The main objective of the following paper is to present the teaching rationale and premises underlying the development of materials and an aviation-based syllabus designed for officer-cadets of the Polish Air Force University. Additionally, as a practical illustration of implementing content-based instruction in the PAFU classroom, the gradual process underlying the personally developed tasks integrating not only contextualised grammar and vocabulary, but also receptive and productive skills was meticulously described.

Methods:
Synthesis of theoretical concepts encompassing elements of aviation safety studies – the SHELL model, English teaching methods and approaches and psychology – the theory of Multiple Intelligence was made to outline the authoress’s interdisciplinary approach to teaching English. Comparison was applied to link the process of developing materials to officer-cadets’ flight training. Literature pertaining to syllabus design was analysed to determine the type of the designed aviation-based syllabus. Findings from applying diagnostic surveys were presented to describe officer-cadets’ reception of the aviation-based lesson and syllabus.

Results:
The analysis of both the designed aviation-based syllabus including sample teaching materials and positive feedback obtained from surveys conducted among officer-cadets prove the advisability and necessity for adopting an interdisciplinary approach to teaching officer-cadets at the Polish Air Force University.

Conclusions:
The proposed aviation-based syllabus including well-designed materials reflecting an interdisciplinary teaching approach is a comprehensive teaching solution adjusted to officer-cadets’ learning needs and tailored to their military milieu The implementation and further improvement of such an innovative solution is feasible provided more teaching staff is involved in the outlined process.

 
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