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Canales, A R, Arbelaez, M, Vasquez, E, Aveiga, F, Strong, K, Walters, R, Jaselskis, E J and Jahren, C T (2009) Exploring Training Needs and Development of Construction Language Courses for American Supervisors and Hispanic Craft Workers. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 135(05), 387–96.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Communication; Latin America; Labor relations; United States; Training; Professional development;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0733-9364
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9364(2009)135:5(387)
  • Abstract:
    This study explores the training needs of American supervisors and Hispanic construction craft workers and describes the development, delivery, and evaluation of construction-focused training courses intended to facilitate accommodation for American supervisors and assimilation of Hispanic craft workers to the United States (U.S.) industry. A survey was conducted to better understand the adaptation issues between American supervisors and their Hispanic craft workers. As a result of the survey, two unique construction language courses were developed: English as a second language (ESL) and Spanish as a second language (SSL) for construction. Evaluation feedback from initial course offerings suggest that they were useful in terms of increased confidence and improved ability to communicate. It is anticipated that the courses developed and the training provided will improve the communication channels between American supervisors and Hispanic workers, as well as strengthen the supervisor-worker relationship as the American supervisor grows aware of the existent communication differences. A model for transferring these research findings to other cultural groups and a technology-based approach for delivering these courses to the construction site are also discussed.