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Notes on Written Communication in Marine Engineering



Notes on Written Communication in Marine Engineering

Mirjana Borucinsky; Faculty of Maritime Studies, University of Rijeka

Jana Kegalj; Faculty of Maritime Studies, University of Rijeka

The aim of this handbook is to provide guidelines for effective communication in the marine engineering context. The guidelines are linguistic in nature, i.e. we wish to raise awareness about the communicative effect that is achieved by using particular linguistic structures. The handbook is intended for students who have just graduated from a maritime higher education institution, the department of marine engineering. It is also intended for engineer officers who engage in written correspondence with superintendents, technical staff, etc. on a daily basis, and finally, it can be used by Maritime English instructors for teaching writing to students of marine engineering whose English language proficiency is estimated to be B2 or higher according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.


The handbook sets out the existing guidelines pertaining to the English language skills for marine engineers and establishes the required levels of English language proficiency for engineer officers. The parts intended primarily for Maritime English instructors refer to the function of language and the basic communication process, the existing models of communication and their application in the language classroom. The central part of the book provides formal guidelines for efficient communication and different ways in which grammatical and lexical means can be used for more efficient communication. Exemplary authentic e-mails as well as corrected authentic e-mails are used to provide better insight into the way e-mails should be composed.

This handbook reflects years of experience of two Maritime English teachers and of research carried out as part of the project Jezik i njegov učinak: primjer brodostrojarske prakse / Language and its Effect in Marine Engineering Communications, supported by the University of Rijeka, Faculty of Maritime Studies.


Publication year: 2020

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