Proceedings of The International Conference on New Trends in Social Sciences
Teaching Maritime English with Innovative Technologies
Natalia Tchkonia, Ekaterine Kalandadze and Nino Dolidze
Language is our primary source of communication. Nowadays, in our current time several factors make the English language as an essential component for communication, thus the importance of learning foreign language enables to communicate easily with our global citizens. As usually, use English is a common language to communicate and everyone needs to learn the language in order to get in touch on an international level. Speaking it will help you communicate with people from countries all over the world, not just English-speaking ones.
English is essential to the field of education. It is also accepted as common working language of the maritime world and being competent in its use is essential to the safety of ships, their crews and the marine environment. The necessity for the establishment of ME (maritime English) proficiency standard is mandatory used by all maritime based professionals and become an important tool to ensure safety at sea, on shore or in ports.
In the Maritime industry being able to communicate effectively in English and preventing intercultural misunderstanding can be a matter of life and death. Maritime communication programs help professionals in the maritime industry communication better in English and cross cultures. Communication at sea is the essential part for the effective and safe running of the ship. It takes place within the ship herself, between the ship and shore station, between the ship and other ships and sometimes between the ship and aircraft. It is needed to be sure that the speech communications are as precise, simple and unambiguous as possible and that language confusions and errors are avoided that are often at the root of accident and other circumstances.
According to the STCW 1978/95, future deck and engineer officers have to render a welldeveloped command of this specialized language, otherwise they will not be granted a certificate of competence. The legislation nowadays emphasizes the importance of the English language proficiency in relation to safety at sea. Learning courses which has developed business English course for the shipping industry and other maritime sectors, help professionals with different nationalities and cultural backgrounds communicate effectively and with ease. This is imminent for safety reasons, but it also supports companies that employ people from all over the world maintain main quality standards in a very dynamic and competitive environment
Keywords: Maritime English, leaning, integrated management system of teaching, training, teaching methodology.