Analyzing the Language Demands of Construction Labourers: Excerpts from the Final Report (2010)

Report for the English Language Requirements for Construction Labourers Project

This report is housed on the Hammond & Associates website, at http://www.hammondassociatesinc.com.

The report describes a research study and pilot project carried out on behalf of Alberta Employment and Immigration in 2010. The goals of the project were to analyze the English language demands of construction labourers working in an English-speaking environment, and to describe those requirements as a range of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels for reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.

The research focused on labourers, not trades helpers or apprentices, working for companies in larger urban centres, which would be more likely to have culturally diverse work crews. Research included reviews of relevant references that describe the occupational tasks and work context of construction labourers; visits to work sites; and interviews with both labourers and supervisors.

The researchers arranged their findings under four broad topics: communication support; intercultural competence; work processes and systems design; and English Language instruction. Within each topic, they provide both a summary of what they observed, and a number of suggestions for improvements.

For example, in the category of work processes and systems design, they observed some basic strategies, such as concentrating writing tasks in the hands of supervisors and using standardized templates for important and common tasks. They suggest the use of highly visual job aids, posters, and training resources as an effective and economical means for overcoming a language barrier.

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