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Maritime English

Maritime English – Why is it so important?

Learning English in the Maritime industry is not simply a skill that is sought after; or applauded, but is indispensable for a functioning global enterprise with multilingual crews requiring cross-cultural communications in order to carry out successful and safe operations. “Improved language skills enhance communication and leadership skills and also promote the understanding of multicultural variations amongst seafarers; all of which are imperative when at sea.” Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) Read more

English for medical purposes

5 Things You Need to Know

After many years of study in arguably one of the most challenging subjects it seems a big task to relearn it in another language. Learning a new language is difficult enough, where do you begin to try and learn and apply it within the high-pressure field of medicine? Based on the personal experience in Jonathan Mcfarland’s publication – Teaching English to the medical profession: Developing communication skills and bringing humanities to medicine, take a look at 5 top tips to a better understanding of how to take on the challenge of learning English for medical purposes.

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What is fluent? English for work

What if fluent? English for work

It is customary to see the words ‘fluent’ or ‘proficient’ next to language ability on a CV, but what does that term really mean? And does it qualify you for the job position? Better still, does it allow you to excel at your job, or earn a promotion? Even before you apply for the job, can you obtain a work visa in an English speaking country?

Did you know that the United Kingdom has recently increased the required level of proficiency for medical doctors working in the UK to between level C1 – C2 according to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) or a 7.5 on the IELTS exam? In Australia, a minimum of IELTS 7 is required for medical professionals. To enter into a UK university, a level of between IELTS 5 – 7 is required for courses taught in English. In New Zealand, a minimum of IELTS 4 is required for visa applicants in business categories. Read more