SMCP vocabulary and measurable progress on CEFR scale
In the maritime industry being able to communicate effectively in English and preventing intercultural misunderstandings can be a matter of life and death. Spot On Learning's Maritime Communication program helps professionals in the maritime industry communicate better in English and across cultures. Ultimate goal: prevent misunderstandings that are often at the root of accidents and other issues.
Practical and relevant English language skills for maritime professionals
Spot On Learning offers specific maritime English courses to build practical, relevant language skills for seafarers and other professionals in the maritime industry. This 'Maritime English Basics' course on the platform EnglishCentral tests and - if necessary - (re)builds basic skills that are important for workers on board an on shore.
Building a maritime vocabulary that helps improve communication on board
Arriving in a port, loading and unloading a ship, sticking to planned turnaround times and complying to all rules and regulations all require a lot of communication between crew members, authorities and many others involved. This is the reason we have chosen to build a specific vocabulary for our Maritime English Education Program (MEEP) that helps improve safety and efficiency in a very practical way. in this article more about the contents of our cargo & cargo handling video course and the maritime English vocabulary we think is most practical and relevant.
Comprehensive and practical testing methods for international team and crew members
Evidence is mounting that mastery of English and overcoming intercultural barriers in communication are important to avoid costly accidents and work together safely and efficiently. Making sure that seafarers and other maritime professionals have sufficient command of English is not an easy task for most shipping companies and crewing agencies. Spot On Learning makes it easy to test both potential and existing employees on their English level.
Spot On Learning has developed online courses to accelerate learning of certain participants in Spot On Learning's Maritime or Business English Programs. Most participants in our language programs do fine following the regular program, which requires them to work online frequently and make steady progress towards the required level within a set period. In some cases we need to accelerate the learning process. Specific online 'acceleration' courses are designed to make that happen. We have a network of teachers that coach and teach participants that take the acceleration course. Teaching is mostly done online. In some maritime HUBs we also have teachers that organise classroom teaching sessions.
Course to develop cross-cultural communication competences
Language barriers and miscommunication are often mentioned as causes of maritime incidents. Besides language learning programs Spot On Learning has developed online courses that help prevent misunderstandings and develop cross-cultural communication competences.
Companies working with international crews and teams share a responsibility with the workers themselves to stay safe and healthy. To help employers, hr agencies and the workers stay healthy Spot On Learning and the Rotterdam based Travel Clinic developed an online malaria risk awareness program.