We've launched English@Sea Plus, a new course aimed at improving English language skills at sea.
English@Sea Plus will help international seafarers improve their standards in reading, writing and listening in the world’s maritime language. The online course allows those who understand some English to communicate more effectively by taking learners from CEFR A1 or A2 (IELTS 2 or 3) to CEFR B1 towards B2 (IELTS 5 or 6).
Seafarers can prepare for IELTS or Marlins tests through this course. It can help them reach a level of English proficiency that enables them to sit the relevant STCW for career progression. It is more likely to assist those to get to officer level.
The importance of good language skills remains a priority for all those on board. All officers in charge of a watch must be comfortable with written and spoken English, while ratings must be able to follow orders given in English. In emergency situations, crew members need to be able to communicate in English with passengers or in the language of the passengers themselves.
English@Sea Plus is packed with audio-visual content, presented to allow students to learn flexibly. It will help students learn more about grammar, understand how sentences break down and give them greater freedom to describe their experiences, dreams, hopes and ambitions.
Marine Society’s Digital Products Manager Iffaf Khan said, “English is the primary language on almost all vessels and effective communication is of vital importance. I believe that this course will give seafarers the opportunity to build their confidence when communicating with either ratings or officers.”
For more information about English@Sea Plus or the Marine Society’s beginner's English course, please go to marine-society.org/learnatsea