Spot On Learning

Helping international teams and crews learn and change faster

Spot On Learning develops training programmes and language courses to help organisations with international teams and crews be more succesful. We work for and with internationally operating businesses, their recruiters, crewing agents and other HR-intermediaries, and specialised professionals that work in international industries. We always have specific business goals in mind. The ability to learn and change fast is more and more important to work safely, comply with international laws and regulations and to improve efficiency and quality.

Goal Oriented

A shipping company wants to improve the English language skills of seafarers and officeworkers. An exporter wants to grow it's international business in Asia. Learning programmes by Spot On Learning help these companies acquire skills and knowledge that help them reach their business goals.

Economical

Tests helps our participants start at exactly the righ level. Progress can be measured and interventions can be very precise and effective. Coaches and personal feedback motivate participants and keep them on track. Our online, blended and social programmes are more effective and cost less than traditional courses.

Flexible

We help people learn when and where it works best for them, using cheap and ready available devices, and a standard browser or app. Tests are done online, support is given by email, chat and other online means. Participants receive personal feedback, monitor their own progress and are motivated to work towards clear goals.

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English is increasingly the official business language

For businesses aspiring international excellence.

English is more and more often the most important language of communication. Sales, negotiations, and customer support are all happening more frequently in English. International law often demands a certain level of English knowledge, too. Furthermore, new skills are becoming necessary for success in foreign operations. Our courses will leave you ready to play on that international field.

Spot On Learning has developed a large and ever-growing digital content library with practical business information. Our experienced staff can quickly create a custom course of study with the help of online formats.
Spot On Learning uses the EnglishCentral platform and other online tools to make learning English easy and even fun. The advanced technology behind the EnglishCentral platform helps improve pronunciation measurably. Comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary increase as well. Progress towards specific learning goals can be monitored and feedback by the system and by language coaches helps participants learn faster. Learning can be tailored to practice situations. The program adapts to the student's level and pace. Costs are low.
In the maritime industry being able to communicate effectively in English can be a matter of life and death. Spot On Learning's Maritime English Education program help professionals in the shipping and other maritime industries speak and understand English at a measurably higher level. The program starts with an online test and then helps maritime professionals reach the required level of General English. Then they can work on their maritime English. Videos recorded on board of ships and in ports helps seafarers and office workers master the English they need to work safely and efficiently in the maritime industry. Words from IMO's SMCP list are part of the vocabulary Spot On Learning teaches.
The International Business Academy is an online learning program for business owners and employees of international enterprises. Over four months, participants learn about topics relevant to people involved in international business. The program is specially designed for people who have plans to start or expand their business internationally. Important topics are how to communicate and present your business effectively, cross-cultural communication, building an international network.
Our clients and partners

About us

At Spot On Learning, we think about the solutions that help business owners grow their organizations further. We search for practical and affordable solutions -- there's no need to fix what isn't broken. By working with partners who have earned their stripes in the field, we save time and money. We have the infrastructure, techniques, and solutions to forge platforms together into appealing learning environments. Our growing library of digital content allows us to work quickly and keep costs low.

Our clients and partners

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Seatrade publishes article about it's English language program for seafarers and office workers

Simply Seatrade article features Spot On Learning's maritime communication program
Simply Seatrade is the magazine of Dutch shipmanagement company Seatrade. In the first edition of 2017 an article was published about the online English program for all Seatrade’s employees worldwide, which is provided by Spot On Learning. This Seatrade online English program helps all employees to comply with the so called 'Seatrade Standard'. The article explains how the program works. Manning agents, a seafarer that enrolled in the program and several others involved in the maritime English program share their opinions and experiences. - Published 20 October, 2017 -
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Chinese seafarers improve English language skills in less than 3 months

Measurable progress toward required level
Starting in April, 2017 9 cadets from Dalian Maritime University started Spot On Learning’s Maritime English Program. The group of cadets are prepared to work as maritime professionals in the international shipping market. Columbia Shipmanagement, the company that will employ the cadets when they have finished their studies in China, felt that it was important to give their level of English proficiency an extra boost. The average entry level was below the required level. All cadets that enrolled the program made measurable progress, 7 out of 9 are now at the required level or very close to it. Our research shows that students that were most active during the program made most progress. One of the participants managed to go up 21 points on the CEFR scale (CEFR is a European standard for measuring 2nd language proficiency). - Published August, 2017 -
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Seafarers show measurable progress using video based online learning program

What our data and research taught us about improving English language skills in the maritime world
Research into results of 650 maritime professionals going through our online training method for maritime English shows that participants make measurable progress. The group we followed for this research consists for a large part of Russian and Filipino seafarers. We have seen that 50 to over 95% of the participants were below the level required by the involved Dutch and German shipmanagement companies. The gaps were on average 12 - 26 points (on the CEFR scale of 1 - 100), two of the three groups showed improvements of 10 or more point going through the regular online video program. In this article we share these and other outcomes of our research. - First published June, 2017 -
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Maritime Communication

SMCP vocabulary and measurable progress on CEFR scale
In the maritime industry being able to communicate effectively in English can be a matter of life and death. Spot On Learning's Maritime English Education program help professionals in the shipping and other maritime industries speak and understand English at a measurably higher level. The program starts with an online test and then helps maritime professionals reach the required level of General English. Then they can work on their maritime English. Videos recorded on board of ships and in ports helps seafarers and office workers master the English they need to work safely and efficiently in the maritime industry. Words from IMO's SMCP list are part of the vocabulary Spot On Learning teaches.
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Do you have questions about Spot On Learning or would you like to make an appointment? Get in touch with us!

Spot On Learning
Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10
1017 RR Amsterdam
The Netherlands

+31 (0) 20 30 80 041
info@spotonlearning.nl

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