mec Details

The book "Maritime English Course" (MEC) is an English language instruction designed to help everyone who is studying for a professional qualification related to seaborne trade, cargo work and cargo-handling technologies. See more

With MEC, the non-native English speakers who work or want to work at sea, at port or at a shipping or logistics company where the working language is English, will get in touch with a large volume of job-related vocabulary, specific grammatical issues and various exercises aimed at developing the basic language skills.

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Author: E. Gech
Format: Paperback | 176 pages
Dimensions: 200 x 270 x 11mm|500g
Publication: July 2017
Publication city/country: Turnhout, Belgium
Language: English

ISBN: 978-94-6345-136-9
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mec Author

E. Gech is the pen name of the author of the book “Maritime English Course”-Pre-intermediate. It is abbreviated from Emiliya Gechevska, the real name of the author. See more

She has many years of experience in teaching maritime English at the Naval Academy and the Technical University in Varna, Bulgaria.

E. Gech has worked as a chief specialist in “Registration and Qualification of Seafarers” department at Varna Maritime Administration and as a coordinator and translator at Twinning Project BG-01-TR01 – “Maritime Safety Institution Building” (2002-2004).

Apart from having a Teacher of English qualification, E. Gech holds an MSc degree in “Educational and Training Systems Design” from the University of Twente, the Netherlands.

Master thesis: Instructional Design Guidelines on Onboard Training Course on GMDSS

Freelance translator/interpreter: from Bulgarian into English and vice versa since 1994; from Dutch into Bulgarian/English and vice versa since 2013.

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mec Focus on Language

The use of maritime English has a key role for the safe and efficient work at sea and ashore. The STCW Convention requires that the seafarers have sufficient knowledge of English and IMO’s Model Course 3.17 provides practical guidance on how to teach it. See more

“Maritime English Course” Pre-intermediate focuses on the English language, particularly on the specific vocabulary and grammatical issues relevant to the professional literature and communication used in the various spheres of the maritime industry. The language assignments are aimed at enhancing both, general English and the maritime English performance of the learners.

MEC is an ESP instruction for adults, based on the learner-centered approach. Texts with vocabulary and grammar notes, various exercises, dialogues and tests, facilitate the language acquisition and retention process.

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mec Target Group

MEC strives to respond to the growing demands of the shipping market for highly qualified and English-speaking personnel, either on board ships or ashore. See more

MEC is designed for a large spectrum of specialists: ship officers and ordinary seamen, ship agents, forwarders, suppliers, maritime administration employees, cargo-handling specialists, port personnel, ESP teachers, etc.

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mec Assets

What makes “Maritime English Course” Pre-intermediate unique? Why choose MEC?
Here are some reasons: See more

  • Well-defined, logically-structured learning units help accumulation of knowledge
  • Interrelated learning segments in the unit facilitate the learning process
  • You learn maritime English and at the same time improve your general English
  • Variety of learning events that make the language acquisition interesting and efficient:
    • New vocabulary in exclusively maritime English context
    • Grammar items presented in an easy-to-understand way
    • Plenty of exercises on vocabulary, reading comprehension, grammar and speaking
    • Dialogues based on real-life situations happening on board ships or ashore
    • Revision tests on vocabulary, grammar and dialogue composition skills
  • Keys to the Exercises and the Vocabulary appendices make the language learning even easier. You can study at your own pace!

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mec Prototype

The prototype of MEC is the textbook "An Introduction to Maritime English" -Intermediate, in which E. Gech is a co-author. See more

The textbook is written for and put into practice with the students of the specialty "Marine Transport Management and Technology" at the Technical University in Varna, Bulgaria.

"An Introduction to Maritime English"-Intermediate has two editions and is listed in the recommended literature in the Development papers of IMO New Model Course Maritime English in the bibliography section “Recommended reading” (p. 31).

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mec Goal

MEC is intended for learners at A2-B1 language proficiency level as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). See more

The pre-intermediate level A2-B1 gives scope for improvement in all areas - vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, etc.

MEC's ultimate goal is to facilitate the learners in the process of their English language learning in general, and in their maritime English learning in particular, and to bring them at the end of the course close to the next language proficiency level, i.e. B2 level as defined by CEFR.

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mec Learning Tool

MEC learning tool is designed for learners at pre-intermediate language level, i.e. those who have already studied the basic structures of English. See more

Through immersion into entirely maritime English language contexts, the learners are stimulated to think in English in the framework of the presented topics. At the same time they broaden their maritime vocabulary, strengthen their grammar knowledge and gain confidence in their professional communication in English.

It is important that all exercises are done in the given sequence since they are interrelated. With MEC the exercises are also a source of new vocabulary.

MEC can be used either in class with a teacher or individually on a self-study basis.

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mec Structure

MEC is divided into three sections: "Ships and Ports", "Cargo-handling Equipment" and "Cargo".
There are eighteen texts grouped in nine units. See more

Each unit comprises the following structural components:

  • A and B reading texts with words and phrases notes;
  • grammar notes;
  • exercises on vocabulary, reading comprehension, grammar and speaking;
  • dialogues with words and phrases notes;
  • situations for dialogue composition.

There are three revision tests at the end of each section, checking vocabulary, grammar and dialogue composition skills.

There are two appendices at the end of the course. 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.

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mec Topics

MEC’s topics and the related dialogues are carefully selected since they are the main source of the specialized vocabulary. MEC is based on the following maritime themes: See more

  • Description of a Ship
  • Ports
  • Types of Merchant Ships
  • Organisation of Ship’s Crew
  • Port Organisation and Management
  • Setting the Standards in a Ship Agency Work
  • Ship’s Cargo Gear
  • Shore Cargo-handling Equipment
  • Grabs
  • Use of Other Lifting Equipment
  • Applications of Slings to Cargo Handling
  • Securing and Lashing
  • Cargo Types
  • Containerization
  • Sweat and Ventilation
  • Refrigerated Cargo
  • Distribution of Cargo
  • Dangerous and Obnoxious Goods

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mec Grammar

The grammar items after the texts are in the majority of cases based on the texts themselves. MEC deals with the following grammar issues: See more

  • Passive voice
  • Position and prepositions of place on board
  • Gender of the noun “ship”
  • Relative clauses – I
  • Word order: Inversion in a statement
  • Countable/uncountable nouns
  • Classifications with “types of”, “one type of”
  • Articles with geographic names
  • Expressing function
  • Articles with ranks on board
  • To be + TO infinitive
  • Word formation: suffix “-age”
  • Emphatic use of auxiliaries
  • Polysemy: provide, provided, provision
  • Relative clauses – II
  • Use of “the former” and “the latter”
  • The “-ing” forms – I
  • Use of “-ing”/”-ed” adjectives before nouns
  • Modal verbs
  • Expressing certainty
  • Use of “shall” with 2nd and 3rd persons
  • Correlatives: “as…as”
  • Use of “should”
  • Negating noun phrases
  • Subjunctive
  • Use of “likely”/”unlikely”
  • Use of “-ing” forms -II
  • “So” and “such”
  • More about abstract nouns
  • Use of “can” and “be able to”
  • The modal verb “need”
  • “Subject to”/”subjected to”
  • The infinitive - I
  • Use of “since”
  • The infinitive -II
  • The “-en” verbs
  • Present perfect continuous tense
  • Use of “must” and “have to”

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mec Extra Teaching Materials

You can order here extra teaching materials free of charge. These are short texts related to MEC’s topics. They can be used for various purposes: translation, reproduction, dictation, etc. See more

Please, fill in the following form if you would like to order free of charge extra teaching materials:

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Maritime English Course by E. Gech
Maritime English Course by E. Gech
Maritime English Course by E. Gech
Maritime English Course by E. Gech
Maritime English Course by E. Gech
Maritime English Course by E. Gech
Maritime English Course by E. Gech
Maritime English Course by E. Gech