SeaTALK Maritime English Training Modules - Engineering Ratings (Support Level) - International Requirements

The language of the sea is Maritime English and yet a review of IMO regulations and guidelines clearly indicates that there are no requirements for a qualification in Maritime English. Although IMO’s Model Course 3.17, Maritime English (2015 edition) offers guidance to both the instructor and the learner; there are no explicit IMO-approved mechanisms to monitor or assess seafarers’ competence in Maritime English. The SeaTALK Maritime English training modules are in line with the language requirements of the STCW and IMO’s Model Course 3.17, Maritime English (2015 edition).

The SeaTALK Maritime English training modules have been created to fill the gap in the competence requirements for Maritime English within the seafaring profession. The modules provide MET institutes with concrete tools for adopting the STCW requirements that promote practical and effective communicative competences in the English language.

The SeaTALK Maritime English training modules are designed for use in the communicative approach as recommended by IMO Model Course 3.17, Maritime English (2015 edition).

Moreover, the SeaTALK training modules take into account the sets of competences included in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The European Language Portfolio offers guidance on assessing student progress by matching competences against ‘can do’ statements. In a similar manner, the SeaTALK modules refer to Common European Framework (CEFR) skills to allow students to cross-reference their progress according to levels described in the CEFR.

The training module prepares the seafarer to embark upon a sustained process of independent self-development whereby skills and competences are shared amongst peers and colleagues. The consolidation and incorporation of the training modules into the European Credit System in Vocational Education & Training (ECVET) system facilitates a common system of recognition for Maritime English qualifications in the European Union and thus improves seafarers’ mobility.