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)
A growing need for online learning
However, more and more due to economic constraints, dedicated institutions don’t have as much class time as previously, and there is a need to rely on ‘blended learning’ to achieve the same level of teaching as before. Online learning tools that can either be used independently after-hours or in conjunction with in-class learning help to accelerate learning and increase learning time. Examples of some of these online tools are found in Rapid-Learning and IT Tools for Teaching and Learning Maritime English by Alcino Ferreira, Ecole Navale (France). Web-based and downloadable software allows for teacher to students quizzes and assessments; customisable flashcards and interactive out-of classroom activities.
Annually, the International Maritime English Conference is hosted to address the latest developments in Maritime English pedagogy in order to provide the best recommendations to improve teaching and learning methodologies in the Maritime English programme. In 2015, it was hosted by the Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology in Johor Bahru, Malaysia with comment on the need to progress learning methodology along with advancements in technology.
Challenges for the Maritime industry
In an ever growing global community, it is necessary that one of the most established industries in the world continue to keep pace with the best of training knowledge and application.
“An overarching component in multilingual crew is communication. Diverse values, beliefs, attitudes, customs, and thoughts are brought by the crewmembers. Therefore, understanding other crewmember’s intentions, messages and expectations, as well as clearly expressing their own, is fundamental not only for the effectiveness of the team, but for its very existence.” SWOT Analysis on Cultural Awareness Training for Seafarers by Carmen Chirea-Ungureanu, Constanta Maritime University (Romania)
Rapid-Learning and IT Tools for Teaching and Learning Maritime English by Alcino Ferreira, Ecole Navale (France) presented at 2015 IMEC hosted at NMIT – Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
The Design of Maritime Education and Training: Progression and Integration in Maritime English Courses, for a Global Maritime Approach by Johan Eliasson & Annamaria Gabrielli – Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) presented at 2015 IMEC hosted at NMIT – Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
SWOT Analysis on Cultural Awareness Training for Seafarers by Carmen Chirea-Ungureanu, Constanta Maritime University (Romania) presented at 2015 IMEC hosted at NMIT – Johor Bahru, Malaysia.