Maritime English – Upgrading Teaching Competencies

Short Description/Aims

At a time when trade is global and crews are multi-cultural, effective communication on board and between ship and shore is essential. As a result, global standards governing communicative competence have been strengthened by IMO through its legal instruments. More generally, it is now recognised that globalisation of maritime services, including the supply of seafarers, has led to the adoption of Maritime English as a career tool, permitting mobility, flexibility and competitiveness. Consequently, national authorities and training institutions are required to develop effective training strategies, which meet these new demands. The main aim is to Upgrade the Teaching Competencies of those professionals involved in the delivery of Maritime English courses. Other aims are: • To provide a full understanding of the scope of Maritime English • To introduce or reacquaint teachers of Maritime English, and teachers teaching in English, with contemporary methodologies and provide a forum in which these can be practised • To help participants understand the principles of communicative language teaching methodology, as promoted by IMO Model Course 3.17, and integrate these into their teaching • To consider the best ways to effectively teach/ learn IMO’s Standard Marine Communication Phrases (SMCP) • To provide teachers with the tools to select and create course materials.

Learning Outcomes

It is expected that by the end of the course the participants will:

  • Have become fully aware of what is required of the contemporary Maritime English teacher to fulfil at least the basic demands ofIMO’s legal instruments, its advisory Model Course 3.17 and IMO’s Standard Marine Communication Phrases (SMCP)
  • Have an understanding of the current methods being used, and knowledge of the resources available, in order to teach and assess Maritime English competencies
  • Be in a position to develop and integrate the competencies discussed into the work situation, and share them with colleagues
  • Be prepared to embark upon a sustained process of self-directed skills development.

Course Outline

The course will largely take the form of a workshop, where the programme is determined after consultation with the client. A Pre-Course Questionnaire is available for the client to distribute to the (potential) participants; this being useful in determining their individual needs.

Teaching & Learning Methods

Largely participant-centred

Who should attend

While many Maritime Education & Training (MET) institutions deliver Maritime English courses, there is a lack of professional development courses available for teachers to develop or upgrade the skills necessary to provide a high standard of training. Accordingly, this course is designed for those professionals engaged at MET institutions who are: • Teaching and administering Maritime English courses; • Teaching General English and may move into teaching Maritime English; • Teaching specialist maritime subjects through English, where English is the means of instruction; for example, former seafarers.

Additional Information

The course incorporates individual professional interests and needs. These are assessed together with the course leader and modules selected in order to best equip the participants with those contemporary teaching skills proven to result in effective language acquisition.

Course length

5 days

EC Credit

2.5 EC