Spot On Learning has developed an acceleration program for participants in our Maritime English program that need extra support to reach their learning goals fast enough. Our experience is that on average 80% of the participants are fine with our largely self-service video programs on EnglishCentral and some personal tips our support desk will send to them while they make progress on their own. This means that about 20% needs some extra support in order to make enough progress towards their required level. That support is provided by local or online teachers chosen in close cooperation with our clients.
In most cases, we have standard rules to decide who needs extra support. All Spot On Learning language programs start with a level test, sometimes we use more than one testing method. This provides us with enough information to decide if a participant needs an acceleration program to reach his or her goals in time. Normally these rules apply:
The acceleration course will normally take 6 - 8 weeks. The teacher decides what the exact program of each participant will be. She assigns 'online homework' and spends the time to discuss progress and draw conclusions about learning results and next learning activities. Each week the participant has some work to do on his own, which will then be evaluated by the teacher. The teacher will give feedback and discuss things in a skype session or by email, to make sure the student has learned enough about the subject. For each participant, a teacher has half an hour per week available to coach the participant and provide support.
Learning Paths are online assignments for the participant. Each learning path has a subject that is relevant for seafarers. A learning path contains theory and test questions. The participant first works on his online assignment, then the teacher can take the time to evaluate his results and further discuss the subject.
These learning paths are available:
These extra courses on EnglishCentral are available:
Apart from the courses, we have extra online level (placement) tests available.
Our teachers can add to the collection of online learning material. Also, at Spot On Learning, we are ourselves continuously developing new content and methods. We are building a community of stakeholders in the learning process of our participants. All members of that community can help develop new learning material. Please contact Eelco Kraefft at Spot On Learning in Amsterdam if you have ideas or suggestions.
Spot On Learning shares progress information about the participants they are responsible for with the teachers. This is what we call our 'all on the same screen program'. All information is available online. The teacher can log in to my.spotonlearning.eu and check progress and results 24/7.
If a teacher notices that a participant in an acceleration program is not making the efforts agreed on (and needed) he or she will let Spot On Learning's support desk know that the participant is 'not on target'. This information will then also be shared with the training coordinator, which is often someone at an HR intermediary (for instance a crewing agent) or the training department of an employer or principal. The coordinator can act on that information or can share information about why the participant cannot make the effort that is being asked from him.
Participants receive a lot of feedback on their learning activities when they use the EnglishCentral platform:
A lot of data are collected while participants are learning. Teachers can access reports based on these data when they access EnglishCentral as a teacher. Some of the reports available for teachers (for 'their' classes) are:
Analyzing these reports makes it easy for teachers to find out what language skills need improvement urgently for each participant. Pinpointed interventions are very effective and help participants learn faster.
Please go to the following link for the Step by Step instruction for the client level: https://my.spotonlearning.eu/753/step-step-instructions-for-teachers.htm
If you need any further assistance, please contact our support desk.