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L’intelligence artificielle va-t-elle tout bousculer dans l’apprentissage des langues ? L’enseignement ? Les traductions ?

Artificial intelligence - Progress or jeopardy? Intelligence artificielle - Progrès ou menace ? AI IA
Intelligence artificielle : Progrès ou menace ?

J’ai récemment testé les derniers outils disponibles qui utilisent l’intelligence artificielle avec des applications sur les langues. Des progrès tangibles apparaissent, mais est-ce suffisant pour travailler ?  Où en est-on avec les traductions MTPE ? La vidéo ci-dessous vous apporte des éléments et une réflexion sur ce que notre futur pourrait devenir lorsqu’il faudra passer d’une langue à l’autre. On aurait tort de craindre en bloc l’IA même s’il y a des risques fondés de détournement de technologies. L’IA va modifier notre approche des langues étrangères et les prochaines décennies verront certainement des progrès importants. Une chose est sûre, l’IA a révélé le potentiel immense de l’être humain.

I’ve recently tested the latest tools available that use artificial intelligence with language applications. Tangible progress is being made, but is it enough to work with? Where do we stand with MTPE translation? The video below gives you some ideas and food for thought about what our future might look like when we have to switch from one language to another. It would be wrong to fear AI all together, even if there are well-founded risks of technology misuse. AI will change our approach to foreign languages, and the next few decades will certainly see significant progress. One thing is beyond doubt: AI has revealed the immense potential of the human being.

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ICAO French level – I took the FCL .055 in Paris Orly

Why take an ICAO French exam when you’re French?

I know that taking an ICAO French exam may sound weird – not to say preposterous – as I’m neither a pilot, nor an air traffic controller, and I’m a native French speaker. I just sat for this exam for I needed to learn further about the aviation French test format. I did that to help native English speakers fly in French airspace. I passed the exam, but it wasn’t that easy.

ICAO French exam centre

The DGAC ICAO French exam centre is to the southwest of Paris. You just need to go to Orly airport, and it’s next door. It’s not exactly in Paris-Orly. The test facilities are in Paray-Vieille-Poste, i.e. right here:

Three papers

As I’d taken the English FCL .O55 in the very DGAC exam centre ten years before, I expected about the same methodology. Yet I was a bit wrong. The test is made up of three papers:

  • Listening
  • Simulated flight
  • Accident or incident report

Listening test

Each of us was given a seat, a computer and a headset in the DGAC lab. A jury member explained very well what we had to do. He spoke in French only. We were told that it wouldn’t be a language proficiency test but a professional test. We typed our names before starting, then we stowed the keyboard behind the screen so that we could have room for writing down our answers. We were then given a bundle of sheets which looked like the English listening test I’d taken in 2013. As expected, here are the specifications:

Tour de contrôle, control tower, Paris Orly airport, aéroport, aviation French
  • 19 questions
  • Gap-filling test
  • Pen needed for filling the gaps
  • The first question is an ATIS in French with several blanks.
  • Each soundtrack is played twice
  • You can’t know the context of the clearance or soundtrack, nor can you have a map or a chart relating to the situation
  • Listening score out of twenty
  • The ATIS is counted as two points.

I’d advise jotting down as soon as possible. Don’t waste time during the first listening. You can correct everything during the second listening and even after if you have time.

Simulated flight

The DGAC simulated flight in French is almost the same as the one in English, i.e. you shall read back everything. As the version #10 of the DGAC manual of phraseology has recently been published, you can say what you like in terms of numbers. There’s no problem with that provided that the virtual ATC and the virtual pilot understand each other. The main difficulty remains in reading back everything. You’ve got to be well organised and well trained before taking the exam. Here is what you are given during this paper:

  • The call signs used for that simulated flight
  • Where you come from
  • Where you are flying to
  • Your position
  • Your type of aircraft
  • 4 sequences which can be prepared in advance on a draft sheet

It’s completely virtual as you shall be speaking in French when entering English-speaking airspace.

Accident / incident report

Again, the examiner explained in French this paper. We were given an accident / incident summary which came from a British article or investigation report. We had enough elements and topics to deal with. We summarised in speaking French about our unusual situation after reading. We then had one or two questions about the report summary.

ICAO French levels and debrief

We all waited for the results in the waiting room. We were given our ICAO levels, and a short debrief after around a quarter of an hour. We started at 10am, and we left at 12.15pm. We weren’t given our individual language skill levels, nor did I receive them when I received the pass attestation. As we were explained during the introduction, it isn’t a language skill evaluation. At least it can’t be a language proficiency exam as recommended in ICAO DOC 9835. The importance of listening without context and reading back everything is capital. There’s little interaction but during the simulated flight. You can get prepared thanks to this training:

If you want to take it – many thanks to Lingaero CEO, James Emery for the tip – you just have to contact or call +33158094404 / +33149755641 .

Si vous voulez le passer – merci au dirigeant de Lingaero, James Emery, pour l’info – il vous suffit de contacter ou d’appeler le +33158094404 ou +33149755641

FCL ANGLAIS, préparation FCL .055, anglais et français aéronautique ICAO French training
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Need Voice-overs, Dubbing, Subtitles in French?

Here is a video about the services – voice-over in French, dubbing in French, English and French subtitling – that have been proposed since late 2021:

T’nB Pack Influence MICROPHONE

It is a USB condenser microphone:

Specifications – Caractéristiques

User’s manual – Mode d’emploi

European Union quality control certificate – Déclaration de conformité CE 

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