Teaching English to Foreigners in the Labor Workforce, Part 1
Do you have foreign workers in your warehouse or in the field that could benefit from knowing at least a little bit of English? This is English that they need to better understand directions, instructions and the vocabulary of your specific industry. Here in Houston, Texas there are many Hispanic workers that work in the oil and gas industry in the oil field and equipment divisions. Most of these workers (hopefully all documented!) do a good job and work hard. But they are limited because, out of a group, maybe one worker will know enough English to speak for the others. This particular worker will have the greatest chance of advancement to supervisor just because of his knowledge of English. And, the truth is, you really don’t know the intelligence capacity of the others because you cannot communicate with them!
This is not a convenient situation but it can be easily remedied with a few hours of English instruction by a qualified Business English teacher that is willing to come out and teach the workers before work, after work or during the lunch hour or, in some cases, deliver the lessons online.
Why Invest the Time and Money in English lessons for Foreign Workers?
You may have had the experience of a rapid turnover of workers who have come up from Mexico, Central and South America. One of the issues with these workers is, while their children are learning the language very quickly in American schools, they themselves are hard at work and don’t have the time to stop and take lessons. In the types of jobs they do, they are usually too exhausted or too busy to spend time learning English in their time off.
It’s a well-documented fact that workers who can communicate on the job feel more comfortable and will remain in that job longer if they experience the types of benefits that English lessons can offer to them. While learning English about their specific work area, they will also learn English to better adjust to life in the USA.
If a Hispanic laborer has a choice, do you think he will go to work for a company that offers weekly on-the-job English lessons, or one that does not?
We all know Hispanic workers who have been in the U.S. for more than ten years and can still speak only a few words. And let’s admit it, in their country, some of them did not have the opportunity to learn to read and write. They’ve been part of the work force since an early age.
Offering English classes to your workers shows them that you value what they do for your company and that you are willing to invest time and energy in seeing that they stay with the company.
English classes are not a big investment in money and are just a small investment in time. In the next post, we’ll look more closely at what a specialized English class can offer to your business.
If you’re interested in online or in-person classes, give us a call at Worldwide English (713) 953-6511 or visit our website at http://englishlessons-houston.com. We are based in Houston, Texas teaching English worldwide.
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