Other Maritime English Research

A Survey of Maritime English Teaching Materials

Professor Dr. B. Pritchard

This survey evaluates Maritime English Teaching and Learning resources used over the last ten years. This survey came about in response to the many complaints over the last 2-3 decades about the lack of good and comprehensive teaching materials for Maritime English.

Learning Outcomes, Workload and Systems of Credits for Maritime English Courses – Some Aspects of the Bologna Process

Professor Dr. B. Pritchard and Sandra Tominac
IMEC 21 2009

This paper highlights the main tangible outcomes of MarTEL and argues that the initiative made by MarTEL is one of a range of worthy attempts. He highlights the challenge to map standards such as MarTEL onto the CEF scale. T he proposed yardstick is argued to be a firm starter to measure knowledge and performance in Maritime English.

The Professional Profile of a Maritime English Instructor (Profs)

Assistant Professor C. Cole, Professor Dr. B. Pritchard and Professor Dr. P. Trenkner

This survey is an account and summary of the Round Tables discussions held at:

  • World Maritime University, Malmö, Sweden, April 6, 2005;
    Target Group/Interviewees: MSc Course in MET, WMU Malmö (16 attendants, international, mainly from Africa, Asia)
  • Szczecin, Poland, June 9, 2005;
    20 attendants of IMO MEITC Course, Target Group/ Interviewees: Maritime English teachers/instructors from Croatia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, and Slovenia
  • The International Maritime English Conference IMEC16 (international but primarily Asian participation) held in Manila, Philippines, October 26-29, 2004
  • Interviews and discussion with BSc students, STCW course attendants, etc. over a period of the first six months in 2005

This survey shows the comments, views and opinions made by the participants/ interviewees at the above meetings. The questions for discussion as presented in the question sheet reflect the project’s research questions.

IMO Standard Communication Marine Phrases - How and why the SMCP was accomplished and introduced; the teaching of the SMCP in Vessel Traffic Service context

José Manuel Diaz Pérez

A summary of the applicable regulations which may prove useful to set the background to the problem of training mariners and VTS operators in standard technical marine English.

Maritime Communication and the Human Element in Maritime Accidents

Peter C. van Kluijven
Nautilus Telegraph, April 2008

An article looking at the human element and how fatal it is/can be in maritime accidents from the point of view of an experienced Maritime English Lecturer.

Babel on the Bridge

Sarah Robinson
Nautilus Telegraph, December 2007

A summary of the recent research presented at IMEC 2007 regarding the need for better teaching of maritime English.

Maritime English Pronunciation Site

Naoyuki Takagi

The aim of this website is to prepare future seafarers for a wide variety of English pronunciation encountered over the radio.

The English that deck officers listen to on the bridge seldom comes from native speakers who speak perfect "textbook" English such as Received Pronunciation (RP). In reality, they are often required to understand English messages spoken with foreign accents. This may require some familiarization even for native speakers, and is indeed a challenging task for non-native learners of English. To provide a "real" spoken Maritime English data base for prospective seafarers, 7 messages taken from the Standard Maritime Communication Phrases (SMCP) were chosen and recorded by various speakers, including Dr. Peter Trenkner, who prepared the SMCP. By going through these samples, you can join a World Maritime English Tour without actually going to sea.

The International Maritime Language Programme – IMLP

A review by Professor Dr. P. Trenker

This paper reports on the International Language Programme’s study materials, which are a response to the need for better maritime English learning and teaching resources.

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