Using phonics to help trainees learn English

The 87th and 88th batch of the Seacare Quality Rating Training (SQRT) at Nantong, China, successfully equipped 50 trainees with seafaring knowledge and a better grasp of maritime English.

The four weeks of intensive training beginning Oct 11 included the safe handling of seamanship tasks and operational hazards on board chemical tankers and vessels.

Equipping trainees with a strong command of Maritime English remained an essential part of the programme, said SQRT trainers.

Incorporating phonics into the syllabus, the trainers had creatively associated difficult pronunciations with Chinese letters, which accelerated trainees’ learning and usage of new words. Many of the trainees achieved a good rating by the end of the course.