Maritime English Course (MEC) is an ESP instruction designed to help everyone who is studying for a professional qualification related to seaborne trade, cargo work and cargo-handling technologies. It aims to build up learners’ vocabulary of words and phrases related to various maritime professions, to strengthen and enlarge their grammar knowledge and to further develop within maritime themes the basic language skills. MEC is intended for students at pre-intermediate (A2-B1) language proficiency level.
MEC is divided into three sections: “Ships and Ports”, “Cargo-handling Equipment” and “Cargo”. There are eighteen texts grouped in nine units. Each unit comprises the following structural components: reading (A and B texts) with words and phrases notes; grammar notes; exercises on vocabulary, reading comprehension, grammar, and speaking; dialogue(s) with words and phrases notes; situation(s) for dialogue composition. There are three revision tests at the end of each section, checking vocabulary, grammar and dialogue composition skills of the learners.
Vocabulary appendix gives transcribed pronunciation of the alphabetically grouped per unit words and phrases. Answers to the exercises and revision tests, as well as suggestions for all dialogue compositions, can be found in Keys to the Exercises appendix.
In short, MEC contains:
18 reading texts 38 grammar items 45 dialogues and situations for dialogue composition 168 exercises on vocabulary, grammar, reading comprehension and speaking 1150 words, phrases and abbreviations relevant to maritime professions and contexts
SHIPS AND PORTS Unit 1 A text: DESCRIPTION OF A SHIP Grammar: Passive voice Position and prepositions of place on board Gender of the noun “ship” B text: PORTS Grammar: Relative clauses ‐ I Word order: Inversion in a statement
Unit 2 A text: TYPES OF MERCHANT SHIP Grammar: Countable/uncountable nouns Classifications with “types of”, “one type of” Articles with geographic names B text: ORGANISATION OF SHIP’S CREW Grammar: Expressing function Articles with ranks on board
Unit 3 A text: PORT ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT Grammar: To be + TO infinitive Word formation: suffix “‐age” B text: SETTING THE STANDARDS IN A SHIP AGENCY WORK Grammar: Emphatic use of auxiliaries Polysemy: provide, provided, provision
REVISION TEST I
CARGO‐HANDLING EQUIPMENT Unit 1 A text: SHIP’S CARGO GEAR Grammar: Relative clauses ‐ II Use of “the former” and “the latter” B text: SHORE CARGO‐HANDLING EQUIPMENT Grammar: The “‐ing” forms ‐ I Use of “‐ing”/”‐ed” adjectives before nouns
Unit 2 A text: GRABS Grammar: Modal verbs Expressing certainty B text: USE OF OTHER LIFTING EQUIPMENT Grammar: Use of “shall” with 2nd and 3rd persons Correlatives: “as…as”
Unit 3 A text: APPLICATIONS OF SLINGS TO CARGO HANDLING Grammar: Use of “should” Negating noun phrases B text: SECURING AND LASHING Grammar: Subjunctive Use of “likely”/”unlikely”
REVISION TEST II
CARGO Unit 1 A text: CARGO TYPES Grammar: Use of “‐ing” forms ‐II “So” and “such” B text: CONTAINERIZATION Grammar: More about abstract nouns Use of “can” and “be able to”
Unit 2 A text: SWEAT AND VENTILATION Grammar: The modal verb “need” “Subject to”/”subjected to” B text: REFRIGERATED CARGO Grammar: The infinitive ‐ I Use of “since” Unit 3 A text: DISTRIBUTION OF CARGO Grammar: The infinitive ‐II The “‐en” verbs B text: DANGEROUS AND OBNOXIOUS GOODS Grammar: Present perfect continuous tense Use of “must” and “have to”