Alina Barbu is a graduate of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, from the University of Bucharest, Romania, with a major in English and a minor in French. She has been working in higher education for more than 20 years. She is the author of 11 books with a focus on ESP (English for Special Purposes) and comparative literature. She is a Ph.D. holder in comparative poetry and her thesis was acclaimed by Romanian critics, being awarded a prize for literary debut in 2009. Ever since 2013, she has been teaching maritime English with Constanta Maritime University where she had the wonderful opportunity to teach a lot of 110 African students. This experience was extremely enriching for both teacher and students and the educational outcome was very fruitful. The exchanges of linguistic knowledge led to the improvement of students’ intellectual skills and cognitive strategies.