Is cross-cultural communication
in your workplace?
For many workers new to
America, different cultures and limited-English skills can pose great barriers
to understanding in the workplace. Through our Workforce Education program,
Adult Options In Education works with businesses to remove these barriers.
Adult Options In Education
works with employers to identify basic skills the employer wishes to reinforce
in the workplace. Some examples include:
• Math skills for retail.
• Improving English skills for a manufacturing company.
• Identifying and discussing cultural differences that may be interfering
with expectations and communication.
See information on the process of Workforce
Essential to the education
plan is devising an evaluation tool to measure--in tangible ways--progress
and/or impediments to learning. For example: Are there fewer reports of
tardiness? Fewer accidents on the job? Greater productivity? These are
specific measures that determine whether or not the education plan is effective.
We begin by testing work site
learners with carefully selected assessment tools. Based on outcomes, a
program is designed that meets learners' education/employment needs. All
testing takes place on the work site.
We teach English as a Second Language
(ESL) and provide cultural insight into basic American and Minnesota daily
Being on time has
different meanings in different cultures. Being on time in most
American work settings means arriving at ó or a few minutes before ó the
scheduled time. Clearly there are consequences for not arriving on time.
We teach appropriate conversational
slang to help learners understand their new communities. It's raining
cats and dogs may conjure up a perplexing image for those with limited-English
All of our teachers are Minnesota-licensed
teachers with a wide range of adult teaching experiences.
Because Adult Options In Education is supported
through the Hopkins, Minnetonka and St. Louis Park school districts,
access is available to many state-of-the-art programs and services.
Call us today at 952-988-5343 for more information about Workforce Education,
or to schedule a meeting to learn more about how we might serve your
work place needs.
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