TECHNICAL ENGLISH AND LABORATORY
In the attempt to address students' current job-oriented needs, the course focuses jointly on the development of linguistic skills and academic and professional knowledge. Therefore, the course will try to provide students with a thorough training that is specific to their degree course and their future careers, with great emphasis on the specialised lexis and phraseology.
- Giving and asking for information;
- Expressing opinions and providing arguments to support them;
- Familiarizing with learning techniques to extrapolate, analyze and discuss a specific text with sufficient autonomy, capturing the general meaning and / or the information required (skimming and scanning, paraphrasing, matching, summary, structuring an answer, etc.).
- Understanding written and oral texts related to the course, extracting the most relevant information;
- Understanding and discussing phenomena, and international laws and regulations specific to their sector;
- Understanding and applying methods, techniques and procedures concerning the fields of navigation law, marine engineering (propulsion systems and naval plants), meteorology and oceanography;
- Understanding and employing complex equipment to steer ships, operating the different systems onboard.
English language, B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference.
- General English (52h): grammar structures and discourse patterns to consolidate the four skills (reading, writing, listening e speaking).
- Specialised English (48h): basics of navigation; nautical charts and publications (pilot and routing charts, nautical publications, the log book); ship sailing; meteorology and oceanography (the atmosphere, condensations, the wind, the atmospheric circulation, sea circulation, ice navigation); coastal navigation; bridge equipment; bridge watchkeeping (COLREGs), modes of transport (ship types); cargo handling (dangerous goods legislation, IMDG Code and SOLAS); basic principles in keeping an engineering watch; marine environment awareness (MARPOL, BWM Convention); Standard Marine Communication Phrases.
In the attempt to address students' current job-oriented needs, the course focuses jointly on the development of their linguistic skills and academic and professional knowledge. Therefore, the course will try to provide students with a thorough training that is specific to their degree course and their future careers, with great emphasis on the specialised lexis and phraseology.
The course provides the competences required by the 2010 STCW International Convention, both for Deck Officers and Engine Officers, as implemented by the MIT Ministerial Decree (dated 19 December 2019), namely “Percorso formativo per accedere alle figure professionali di Allievo Ufficiale di Coperta e Allievo Ufficiale di Macchina”, then amended by the MIT Ministerial Decree no. 35 (dated 10 October 2018).
In particular, following Annex I in the above-mentioned decree, both for Deck Officers and Engine Officers, this course provides competences in:
C/M1. English language
Further details concerning the competences to be acquired are provided in the extended programme.
Frontal, interactive lessons and practice exercises in English with the use of reference texts and additional materials for the development of reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Autonomous learning will be encouraged, while concentrating, during class hours, on the practice and appropriation of linguistic and discursive structures, in an active and collaborative context.
- Antola R., Marignani T., 2017, English at Sea 1. Navigation, Simone per la Scuola Editore (ISBN 9788891413079).
- Antola R., Marignani T., 2017, English at Sea 2. Logistics, Safety, and Engineering, Simone per la Scuola Editore (ISBN 9788891413086).
- IMO Standard Marine Communication Phrases - Traduzione non ufficiale a cura del Collegio Nazionale Capitani L. C. e M. Compartimento di Napoli, Graus Editore.
Additional material will be provided during classes.
Written final exam concerning the contents of the course, with an additional oral test.
The written exam may include: multiple-choice questions, open questions, true/false statements, fill in the gaps, vocabulary.