MET Debate on Linguistic and Cultural Issues: Simulating IMO Sub-Committee Meetings
A debate between two nation states took place last week at WMU as part of the curricular activities of the Maritime Education and Training (MET) specialization, Management Issues in MET Institutions II Course 2013. The students of the MET specialization were divided into two imaginary states, namely, 'The Kingdom of Anglophilia' and 'The Republic of Esperanto'. The scenario was such that one state proposed the banning of languages other than English on board ships whilst the other recommended a minimum use of English at sea. The students in both teams conducted an animated, hour-long debate followed by their country presentations. By undertaking this useful exercise, the MET students prepared themselves in the Standards of Training & Watchkeeping (STW) for their Field Study to IMO this week where they will participate in a sub-committee meeting that will enhance their knowledge and expertise in the area of maritime education and training.