SETTING THE PACE FOR COMMON LANGUAGE IN THE MARITIME AND PORTS SECTOR
Vortex Language Centre, last week, organised a training workshop on the theme “Setting-up, Managing and Maintaining a Terminology database in the Maritime and Ports Sector”. This is part of a series of trainings in terminology management system aimed at harmonising terminology for public companies in their respective domains.
The importance of terminology in an organisation of any size can and should not be undermined. A well-designed and constantly updated terminology management system provides valuable information to all stakeholders within and outside an organisation, making it an excellent strategy for sharing knowledge. However, understanding why and how to create a terminology database is as confusing as the benefits are palpable.
In a bid to dissipate the confusion surrounding the whys, whats, whens and hows of terminology management, the event hosted by Vortex which ran from 27-29 January 2021 at GICAM conference centre, Bonanjo, pulled together some twenty junior and senior staff of various departments of the Douala Port Authority (PAD). For three days, trainees were drilled on, among others, key concepts, building a corpus, term extraction using specialised software, how to read a terminology record, stages of classifying a term, reference term banks and dictionaries. According to a participant, “When we got into the use of some software, I understood that there is a lot to learn even though there was not enough time”. “I am sure this is just a tip of the iceberg…to help the company as a whole, making our services more professional and orderly”, declared another.
As a whole, participants shared experiences and challenges involved in managing corporate terminology and were unanimous in stating the need for more sessions of similar nature geared towards capacity-building for personnel in public and semi-public institutions.
Participants were particularly pleased with the level of professionalism displayed by Team Vortex, both in the quality of training dispensed and the overall management of trainees during the workshop days.
A rendez-vous was taken for part two of the training in April 2021.
(c) Vortex Language Centre