Aviation is a rapidly changing international activity in which communication between crew members, air traffic controllers and other airport employees plays an important role. Throughout the history of aviation, the way of communicating between all those involved changed and improved in order to reach its optimal form and ensure greater security to its users. It is also important to train crews (especially pilots and air traffic controllers) in the field of Aviation English (ESP) and radiotelephony (standard phraseology), as only their correct use can help reach a sufficiently high level of safety in the field of communication. This is why Aviation English and radiotelephony phraseology are the subject of several coursebooks, articles and conference contributions.
This MA thesis researches the field of Aviation English (and phraseology) and its use in four coursebooks, namely by analysing the unit structures of the chosen units of the coursebooks selected, and, according to the revised Bloom's taxonomy, also the level of cognitive learning required in the exercises the coursebooks included. The purpose of this MA thesis is to either confirm or refute the hypothesis that all of the selected Aviation English coursebooks have a similar unit structure and predominantly include exercises that are mechanical drills or those that are aimed at lower cognitive levels of difficulty. The results of the analysis show that the hypothesis cannot be confirmed, nor rejected completely, as the coursebook units and the types of exercises included differ from one of the selected coursebooks to another.