Title Maritime Tests of English Language Plus - MarTEL Plus
Project Number UK/10/LLP-LdV/TOI-342
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
The original MarTEL project created a set of Maritime English standards for Cadets, Officers and Senior Officers.
MarTEL Plus transfers knowledge gained in the original MarTEL project, in order to create a new Maritime English standard for Ratings, facilitate greater access to MarTEL standards through mobile media, complements the standards with new, comprehensive teachers' guidelines, and provides a new Enhanced Oral Test for evaluation of the speaking skill.
The MarTEL Plus Project built upon the previously completed and widely successful MarTEL project, which implemented a series of English language tests for Cadets, Officers and Senior Officers in the Merchant Navy, incorporating the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Standard Marine Communication Phrases (SMCP).
The project transfers knowledge, generated during the previous project’s lifecycle, in order to create a number of new outcomes.
The first of these was a Maritime English test for Ratings, who were identified recently by the IMO as requiring a standard of English.
Secondly, the project improved accessibility for seafarers and test takers by creating a mobile application that allows the target groups to practice the tests from anywhere using a mobile phone; without a mobile phone, the tests can still be accessed via a computer.
The third aim and outcome delivered by the project was a set of guidelines for teachers of Maritime English, which bring together all of the MarTEL materials and facilitate the easy use and understanding of these by teachers and trainers.
Finally, the project created a comprehensive means of assessing the Speaking skill with an Enhanced Oral Test. Originally intended to be a speaking section for each Phase of MarTEL, this test was developed into a standalone Phase much like Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3 and the new Phase R.
In 1978, the STCW Convention was amended to set qualification standards for merchant navy officers, but this did not include seafarers below the officer ranks. However, in the 2010 IMO STW41 meeting, it was established that training standards for Ratings were needed in the STCW-95 Convention. This formed the basis of the rationale for MarTEL Plus, which successfully created a new Maritime English standard for Ratings, building on the success of the original MarTEL Project.
As described in the summary, there were four aims to the MarTEL Plus project, each of which were met successfully at the completion and submission of the project in late 2012. These aims were as follows.
The first aim was to create a Maritime English standard for Ratings. Such standards had already been created by the original MarTEL project for Cadets (Phase 1), Officers (Phase 2) and Senior Officers (Phase 3), with the latter two phases having been split into two different tests to cater for the Deck and Engineer tracks. The MarTEL Plus project successfully created this standard for Ratings through transferred innovation from the original project, and there now stands Phase R to cater to this need.
The second aim of the project supported the creation of additional features and functionalities to make the MarTEL standards more accessible via mobile media; this necessitated the creation of an app (application) for mobile phones that could be accessed by smartphones anywhere. This was achieved through the Moodle platform, which hosts a MarTEL application containing practice questions for all Phases of the MarTEL and MarTEL Plus standards.
The third aim of MarTEL Plus required the creation of a set of Maritime English teachers’ guidelines, which were designed to assist teachers in developing the content of their lessons with access to the materials developed within the MarTEL and MarTEL Plus projects. The original project was more centred around learners and test takers; however, providing teachers with access to all MarTEL and MarTEL Plus materials, such as tests and guidelines, creates inclusion of this group in the MarTEL testing process and facilitates a better experience for both learners and teachers.
The fourth and final aim of the project was to address the need for a more comprehensive process for the evaluation of the speaking skill, as raised in the 2010 IMO STW 41 meeting. The original intention for this aim was to incorporate a new speaking section into each of the MarTEL standards; however, it was deemed more suitable and beneficial to develop an entirely new, standalone phase for the Enhanced Oral Test.
Overall, the project addresses the Bologna Process for the need for standards, and more comparable and compatible higher education systems in Europe. The partnership involved in the project is made up of a number of leading Maritime Education and Training (MET) institutions, and their combined expertise ensured that the aims of the project were achieved, with the results being of the highest quality.
The partnership will continue to support the dissemination of the MarTEL products in order to facilitate and encourage international adoption into VET institution syllabi, and use by national and international maritime organisations.
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The following components were created by the MarTEL Plus project:
• A new Maritime English standard for Ratings to complement the existing MarTEL standards
• A mobile application to enable self-study and greater accessibility to the MarTEL standards
• A comprehensive set of teachers’ guidelines for all Phases of the MarTEL standards
• A new standard, the Enhanced Oral Test, for comprehensive evaluation of the speaking skill
• A product CD
• A product website, located at http://plus.martel.pro
• A test centre handbook
The MarTEL Plus project transferred innovation from the original MarTEL Project, which created:
• A Maritime English standard for Cadets
• A Maritime English standard for Deck and Engineer Officers
• A Maritime English standard for Senior Deck and Engineer Officers
• A product CD
• A product website located at http://www.martel.pro