SeaTALK Maritime English Symposium

SeaTALK Maritime English Symposium

Time and Date:
10.00 am - 4.00 pm on Wednesday 17th June 2015

World Maritime University, Fiskehamnsgatan 1, 211 18 Malmö, Sweden

Symposium Summary:
International maritime requirements state that there should be effective communication at all times on board ships. Communication failures constitute a major cause of accidents and incidents at sea, claiming significant loss of life and leading to substantial material loss. This symposium will provide a platform to discuss and present recent approaches to Maritime English and how the community as a whole can contribute to improving seafarers’ English language and communication skills.

The symposium is supported and funded by the European Union (EU) through the SeaTALK project.

The SeaTALK project (www.seatalk.pro) is the latest initiative of the Marifuture Platform (www.marifuture.org) and presents the Maritime English global community with an online platform for Maritime English resources! The platform provides Maritime English syllabi and materials within a framework of STCW competences, CEFR levels and the EQF/ECVET system and is tailored to the main seafaring ranks and functions.

Topics to be discussed at the symposium will include:

· mapping linguistic competences and professional standards to meet International requirements;

· best practices for teaching Maritime English;

· Maritime English syllabi and learning materials tailored to seafaring rank and function;

· European and international recognition and accreditation in-line with CEFR levels and EQF/ECVET system;

· European and international collaboration in setting gold standards, syllabi and materials for teaching Maritime English and how to be involved in the project.

The ultimate objective of this symposium is to encourage international collaboration, support effective communication, improve safety at sea worldwide, increase seafarer global mobility, and engage with academia and policy makers in the maritime industry to secure support for and adoption of international standards for Maritime English.

The Symposium will welcome participants from across Europe, including Finland, Sweden, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Belgium, Poland, Turkey, United Kingdom.

A free buffet lunch will be served for those registered. This symposium is a Free and Open Event - No Registration Fee

Registration & Questions: Faye Mundy - faye_mundy@c4ff.co.uk

Please confirm your attendance no later than: Friday 12th June 2015.

Please pass this invitation to your colleagues who may be interested in attending.

Symposium Chairman:
Professor Dr Reza Ziarati - BSc (Bath), PhD (Eng), CertEd, CMarEng, CElecEng, CMechEng, FIMechE, FIET, FIMarEST, CEng - MarEdu Coordinator, C4FF chairman and MariFuture Platform Founder