Maritime Communication through Dialogic Meaning Construction in Role Play

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This paper attempts to describe features of maritime communication and suggest a way of teaching this specific kind of communication to learners using a strategy belonging to meaning-focused output strand that incorporates the productive skills of writing and speaking intended to raise learners’ awareness of form. Maritime communication has a set of constraints typical of language use that falls within closed register unlike those found in daily communication. Maritime communication is transactional in nature involving intership and intraship communication. Intership communication involves a vessel’s OOW and VTS when the ship is about to berth, cast off, load or discharge. Learners at Politeknik Ilmu Pelayaran need to be well equipped with how to successfully deal with such a communication encounter later in their career as seafarers. One way of achieving this is by having them actively involve in a dialogic meaning construction with their peers in a collaborative manner. Meaning-focused output strand provides them with activities that enable them to benefit from the feedback and correction they get during the join construction of a maritime discourse from their fellow learners.

Keywords: maritime communication, dialogic meaning construction,

written by  Henny Wahyu Wardani  (Politeknik IlmuPelayaran Semarang,Indonesia) in an International Seminar “Creative Strategies for Teaching English” held in Hotel Pandanaran Semarang on Saturday 6 June 2009.  🙂


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