Project Type Transfer of Innovation
The purpose of the MarEng Plus project was to improve the usability of the Web-based
Maritime English Learning Tool MarEng, as well as expand the user group of the tool. MarEng Plus project involved the creation of a new elementary level in addition to the previous intermediate and advanced levels, the addition of two new topics, the creation of a Teacher’s Manual and transfer of the MarEng Glossary of maritime terms into a mobile phone environment.
The original web-based maritime English learning tool MarEng was finished in the spring 2007 as a result of a transnational Leonardo da Vinci project MarEng. During the first year of its existence, the learning tool was widely taken into use by different user groups (e.g. maritime students and workers) all over the world. However, based on the feedback received, the tool was missing some relevant content. During the recent years, all over the world there has been growing interest in issues related to security and the environment, and the same goes with maritime industry. Therefore, the MarEng Plus project was carried out to create new material under the themes of marine environment and maritime security. The feedback had also revealed that the lower level English learners were in need of an elementary level, as the original MarEng learning tool consists of only intermediate and advanced levels. Teachers who were using the MarEng tool considered that their teaching process could be made more efficient by creating a teacher’s manual. Therefore, creating of an elementary level and a teacher’s manual were part of the MarEng Plus project. As the maritime workers in particular are very mobile, it was also appropriate to find solutions to transfer the MarEng learning tool into the mobile learning environment. Therefore, the project also included transfer of the MarEng maritime glossary into a form that can be utilised in a mobile phone, even if the phone is out of satellite connection. All the project activities were performed by a partner group representing several European Union countries, most of the partners being the same as in the previous MarEng project. The partners’ wide background in shipping industry and maritime English teaching gave a strong basis for the project success. The MarEng Plus project team foresees a strong and wide impact by continuing dissemination of the MarEng learning tool all over the world to all different kinds of users.
As a result of the MarEng Plus project the MarEng learning tool has been transferred to new user groups and geographical areas. The dissemination work still continues by the parner team.
The aim of the MarEng Plus project was to improve the usability of the Web-based
Maritime English Learning Tool MarEng and to expand the user group. The original learning tool had been created during a previous project, MarEng.
Encouraged by the huge feedback and enormous interest generated by the MarEng Learning Tool, the project partners were eager to improve and add new features to the tool and thus decided to embark upon the MarEng Plus project –involving the creation of a new elementary level in addition to the previous intermediate and advanced levels, the addition of two new topics, the creation of a Teacher’s Manual and the transfer of the MarEng Glossary of maritime terms into a mobile phone environment.
All the project activities were performed by a partner group representing a total of 24 organisations from 10 EU Member States. The partners’ background in the maritime sector, their knowledge of the shipping industry and their experience of teaching maritime English provided a strong basis for a successful project.
The partner team has appeared enthusiastic about the final user-friendly layout and content of the MarEng Plus tool, the technical features exceeding all the expectations. The feedback gained in seminars and exhibitions, as well as by numerous contacts from users all over the world has shown the same reactions.
The MarEng Plus project started in October 2008 and ended in November 2010. The dissemination of MarEng Plus learning tool still continues.
Open and distance learning
material for open learning
The MarEng Plus project complemented the Maritime English learning tool MarEng (created in 2008) with the following new additions:
1. Learning material for the new themes, The Marine Environment and Maritime Security, in three levels, that is: elementary, intermediate and advanced level
2. A complete Elementary Level with exercises for nine topics (Cargo Handling, Engine Room, Navigation Bridge, Radio Communication, Weather Reports, First Aid, Severe Weather Conditions, The Marine Environment, Maritime Security) consisting of text, audio, video and/or graphic material
3. Teacher’s Manual covering all topics and levels, including the original Mareng learning tool materials
5. Mobile phone application of the Glossary