2015 ESSP Programme Concludes
On 3 September, the 40 students in the 2015 English and Study Skills Programme (ESSP) completed their intensive 3-month programme that began in June. The ESSP curriculum is designed to upgrade the English language competences of the participants so they become comfortable and confident in Academic English for maritime purposes.
The ESSP may be taken as a precursor to WMU’s M.Sc. programmes, or as a stand-alone course for professionals wishing to improve their academic skills in English in the maritime context. The core components include academic writing skills, speaking and presentation skills as well as maritime-focused academic lectures by WMU professors, and IT and library workshops.
At the Closing Ceremony, ESSP Director, Associate Professor Clive Cole, awarded the certificates of completion. This year the ESSP represented 23 countries, namely Algeria, Argentina, Bangladesh, Benin, Cambodia, Chile, China, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Georgia, Guinea Bissau, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Republic of Korea, Panama, Peru, Russia, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, and Vietnam. The students showed great appreciation for their lecturers, Anne Pazaver, Inger Battista, Michele Galliford, and Danita Medina.
The 9 students who enrolled for the stand alone ESSP programme, all of whom are teachers, will now return home to their Universities, while the students enrolled for the Malmö M.Sc. programme will join the orientation week for the Class of 2016 on Monday.