There are two sections in the model course for Maritime English: core section 1 and core section 2, each of which contains a separate syllabus. This system allows trainees to enter the course at a point which suits their level of knowledge of English.
It is recommended that instructors carry out a pre-course appraisal in order to assess the existing language level of each trainee. The syllabus in core section 1 is designed for trainees who have an elementary or lower intermediate level of English, while the syllabus in core section 2 is designed for trainees who have a lower intermediate or intermediate level of English. The definitions of these language levels and the basic entry requirements for the trainee target groups are given in part A of both sections of the course.
Core section 1 is intended to prepare trainees for entry to core section 2. However, it is possible for trainees to enter directly to core section 2 without following core section 1, provided that they can satisfy the entry requirements.