The Spanish you learned in high school or college is not the tool you need to manage employees whose first language is Spanish. Academic programs, even for the most advanced students, do not include the vocabulary of the workplace; essential terminology to effectively manage Spanish-speaking workers and keep them safe.
There are many reasons why investing time and dollars to equip managers and supervisors with essential Spanish communication tools make economic sense. Here are the most common:
To improve compliance with safety and other policies
To boost worker productivity by improving comprehension
To ensure worker understanding of pay and benefits
To prevent errors and waste resulting from poor worker understanding
To enhance communication between workers and managers
To improve recruitment and retention
To avoid compromising privacy in HR interactions
Acquiring basic and essential Spanish skills customized for managers' needs is a cost-effective means of achieving results that will positively affect the bottom line and far outweigh the cost of training. It is cost effective because educated English speakers can become functional in the essential Spanish they need within a mere 24 hours of instruction.
The short-term nature of this instruction is far less disruptive of production schedules than are the longer term ESL classes which would be necessary to reach the same level of mutual understanding between worker and supervisor. Does this practical solution make sense for solving language barrier issues in your workplace?
How can someone learn Spanish in such a short time?
No one can learn the Spanish language in 20 hours. What we do in our short course is teach our students enough basic Spanish to communicate with people who speak Spanish. All vocabulary and content is customized to the needs of that particular group of students and is made simple and grammar-free. Additionally, emphasis is placed on the cultural factors influencing successful communication.
Thank you for your continued support!
Sharlene Vichness, President
and the Language Directions Team
We are always looking for qualified instructors who are bilingual in English any other languages, or who can teach ESL.