On Importance of the Hypertext Use in Maritime English Teaching

Z. Bezhanovi, L. Khardina, K. Zarbazoia
2015 TransNav: International Journal on Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation  
One of the best ways to meet the above -noted requirements, and consequently to achieve the results is to put the use of a hypertext into Maritime English teaching. Hypertext is a well organized text-looking iceberg of necessary information presented on any electronic device with links to other related blocks of information (texts, glossaries, pictures, audio and video files, tables, etc) which the user can instantly enter. The hyperlinks, by which the hypertext pages are correlated, in fact
more » ... sent a skeleton (in a direct meaning of the word) of the whole necessary database. The hyperlinks or the same key words control, guide and direct the user on his/her way to the aimed result. The possibility of playback, self control and self assessment presents a double positive effect -as the pure academic activity, as well as, the factor increasing individual responsibility of the student. At the same time, separately from the analog text, dynamic and flexible nature of the hypertext provides continuous changing and development of the content in response to student need. As a result, a hypertext enables elastic connection and sharing of the teaching information over the whole planned database. Thus, a hypertext, as the teaching tool, is the result of highly developed and well planned teaching strategy with the abovestated obvious advantages, which are rapidly increasing giving the educators possibility of constant tuning and updating of the existed teaching data. As an example of essential advantage of the hypertext technologies use in Maritime English teaching, we'd like to present a comparison of analog text "A Cargo Ship Construction" with six integrated screenshots of its hypertext variant, which provides the students of Batumi State Maritime Academy with ABSTRACT: The aim of the given paper is to present a set of the advantages and benefits expected by the application of the hypertext technologies in Maritime English teaching. Specification of minimum standard of competence for the officers on board the ships of 500 gross tonnage or more requires "adequate knowledge of English to enable the officer to use charts and other nautical publications, to understand meteorological information and messages concerning ship's safety and operation, to communicate with other ships, coast stations and Vessel Traffic Service centres and to perform the officer's duties with a multilingual crew, including the ability to use and understand the Standard Marine Communication Phrases" IMO Publishing (2011). Thus, a wide range of the results to be achieved during the process of Maritime Education and Training implementation related to the language competence development needs application of modern approaches actively used in different fields of skills -oriented education.
doi:10.12716/1001.09.03.01 fatcat:ngdsjn7mirdu3g22u25x6a345e