English Tutoring Course

What if I need help with English when I arrive at Epic Flight Academy?

Although we screen for English proficiency before admitting students to Epic Flight Academy, occasionally we find that international flight school students sometimes need a little extra help. Because we want our students to be successful and able to complete their training in a cost-effective and time-efficient way, we offer English tutoring for those who are having difficulty in reading, writing, speaking, and/or comprehending English.

What subjects are taught in the English Tutoring Course?

All lessons are designed for each individual student based on his or her needs. Therefore, topics vary depending on what material is being taught in Ground School. English tutoring focuses on Aviation English, and each lesson reinforces the material that student pilots are learning in their Ground School class. Various teaching strategies are used to help international students with pronunciation and comprehension. These classes also help students with basic English challenges that will help them communicate in other settings. We want our students to not only be successful at Epic, but also to feel comfortable living in the United States while attending flight school.

What is the cost for English Tutoring?

English classes cost $35 per hour and are offered twice a week. Because the instructor teaches study skills and strategies for learning English, most students only require a few weeks of tutoring. Epic’s goal is to get students out of English classes and into the air as quickly as possible! As soon as our English students pass the written FAA exam, we exit them from the English tutoring program.


Meet English Tutoring Team Leader! 

Dr. Cindy Lovell

Dr. Cindy Lovell, Director of Education

Dr. Lovell oversees the English tutoring program at Epic Flight Academy. She has been a professional educator for more than 20 years and holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Iowa where she specialized in Gifted Education and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages). She has held tenured positions at Stetson University (where she served as the ESOL Coordinator for the Teacher Education Department) and Quincy University.

She has written for The Huffington Post, Mensa Research Journal, and other scholarly journals. She is an author and contributing editor for Preparing the Way: Teaching ELs [English Learners] in the K-12 Classroom. The 3rd edition of this textbook will be published by Kendall Hunt in the fall of 2018.

In addition to specializing in Gifted Education and ESOL, Dr. Lovell is a Mark Twain scholar. She previously served as the Executive Director of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum in Hannibal, Missouri and the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Connecticut. She has presented numerous keynotes and workshops at various institutions including Oxford University, The College of William & Mary, London’s Kensal Rise Library, the National Steinbeck Center, Masterworks Museum in Bermuda and elsewhere. She also wrote and co-produced Mark Twain: Words & Music, a CD benefit for the Twain museum in Hannibal. The project features Jimmy Buffett, Brad Paisley, Clint Eastwood, and other major artists. She also wrote the narrative for Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited, a CD benefit for the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. This project also features major artists, such as Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley, Sheryl Crow, and others.

In her career as a Twain scholar she won numerous awards and has been interviewed by The New York Times, The New Yorker, C-SPAN, NPR, and other major media outlets.

Dr. Lovell has been part of the Epic family for many years. She herself received flight training here 15 years ago and helped with our aviation scholarship judging before officially joining the staff in 2017. She enjoys meeting Epic’s international students and working with them to expand their aviation English and achieve their career goals of becoming professional pilots. She ensures that all tutoring instruction is customized to meet every student’s individual needs.


Interested in learning more about improving your English while attending flight school at Epic Flight Academy? Contact us now! We’re here to answer any questions and help you get started!