Seafarer Services. Com Ltd. provides the seafarer with an opportunity of learning using classroom, web and computer based training (CBT). Further the company specialises in teaching and assessing Maritime English (a course and an assessment that is based on IMO recommendations for STCW compliance), which enhances the seafarerís ability for employment and provides high quality employees for shipping companies. Recently the company has developed a CBT course in Maritime Engineering English.
A. The Learning Experience
The IMO Standard Marine Vocabulary Phrases and words are extensively introduced throughout all training and practical conversations. Tutors always endeavour to illustrate elements of "best practice" at all times. Active participation is considered essential to the learning process and any lack of involvement by students will be highlighted and support provided to encourage subsequent activity. Every effort is made to maintain a lively, interesting and enjoyable learning experience for all the participants.
B. Language Assessment
There are regular assessments and grading to measure individualís progress. Participants are encouraged to advance by their own achievements and merits to the next level. The learning environment will provide an unofficial assessment from their peers as well as officially from the tutor. The learning experience will greatly encourage a team approach within the student body and internal mentoring from each other. Marlins test of Maritime English (or a similar system) is used to examine Maritime English Language competence. When the major problem of employing seaman for certain countries is the quality of their English this helps remove this initial hurdle.
C. Staff and Technology
The teaching staff includes UK University and Nautical College trained academic staff and also ex-British Merchant Navy Masters and, sometimes, Chief Engineers as visiting tutors.
The web based interactive technology utilised in the learning experience was partly developed in collaboration with the Universities of Newcastle and Northumbria (Modern Languages Department).