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  • 1.  ESL Materials for Construction Workers

    Posted 13-12-2016 08:35 AM

    Does anyone know of or have used materials (paper-based or online) for teaching construction ESL? I have some potential students who would like to improve their English for their jobs as carpenters, laborers, drywallers, tiling, etc. I used to have a CD of construction vocabulary, but I gave it away awhile ago. Any advice would be great. Thanks.

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    Jacqueline Vulcano
    ESL Instructor
    Central Wyoming College
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  • 2.  RE: ESL Materials for Construction Workers

    Posted 14-12-2016 10:35 AM

    The only thing that comes to mind for me is the Oxford Picture Dictionary - it's got a few pages devoted to construction-related vocabulary.  In the newer editions, there are also example sentences, and ideas for exercises at the bottom of the page.

    Laura  3:)

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    Laura Blumenthal
    Douglas College
    Canada



  • 3.  RE: ESL Materials for Construction Workers

    Posted 15-12-2016 09:48 AM

    If any of your students is a Lowe's Pro customer (or if you know anyone else who is), you can order the Lowe's Sed-De-Saber ESL program for construction workers for free. It's a series of short, interactive books designed for use with the Quantum LeapPad. The Lowe's package includes the LeapPad, the books and some other hardware as well. The website is here: Lowe's For Pros 

    Buying a complete set on amazon runs around $50: Leapfrog Quantum Pad with Sed de Saber Spanish to English Language Learning System

    The program is designed specifically for native Spanish speakers, but if your students are from different language backgrounds, you may still be able to adapt the materials for their use.

    I haven't used the program myself, but if you can get it for free, it might be worth checking out.

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    Linda Ciano
    Clinical Assistant Professor
    New York University



  • 4.  RE: ESL Materials for Construction Workers

    Posted 14-12-2016 10:35 AM

    Have you looked at the Oxford Picture Dictionary?  I've used it for vocabulary about occupations, and I believe it also has vocabulary to describe different kinds of workplaces.

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    Dana F.



  • 5.  RE: ESL Materials for Construction Workers

    Posted 14-12-2016 10:35 AM

    Hello Jacqueline,

    You may try Burlington English program, Career Courses.

    They have the Unit for Construction Workers and most of the careers.

    Wish you all the best... happy holidays!

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    Firoza Rasul
    Instructor/GED/ESOL, Computer Lab Manager, Administrator-Burlington English & Co
    Adult Education Center



  • 6.  RE: ESL Materials for Construction Workers

    Posted 16-12-2016 10:17 AM

    Use construction manuals. Do a search of construction manuals adding differents construction areas (carpentry, dry wall, road, etc.) to get specific manuals. You can use them to get vocabulary and create tasks where students work on specific projects.

    Some examples:

    Gypsum construction handbook: https://www.usg.com/content/dam/USG_Marketing_Communications/canada/product_promotional_materials/finished_assets/cgc-construction-handbook-ch01-drywall-and-veneer-plaster-products-can-en.pdf

    North Carolina Department of Transportation Construction Manual:  https://connect.ncdot.gov/projects/construction/pages/construction-manual.aspx

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    Sergio Lozano
    Scientific Publications Coordinator
    Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon
    Mexico



  • 7.  RE: ESL Materials for Construction Workers

    Posted 19-12-2016 10:12 AM

    Thanks so much for that great suggestion. If you find materials on the web that are ESP usueable, construction manuals, instructions, etc, you can then use easy online tools to figure out what is crucial to teach for each "SP" (Specific Purpose) in your course.

    For example, you can insert the e-text into the various programs at Compleat Lexical Tutor to generate vocab list (cement, router, etc.) or more useful collocations (e.g, base rock, concrete forms). You can also easily see which words are common in so-called General English and which aren't.

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    Charles Hall
    ESP, Legal English, Intercultural Communication



  • 8.  RE: ESL Materials for Construction Workers

    Posted 14-12-2016 10:35 AM

    Virginia Adult Education has one that I've incorporated before.  I haven't used it as written, but it might be a good place to start.

    Virginia Adult Resource Center

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    Virginia Adult Resource Center
    very day more and more non-native speakers of English enter the construction trades in the United States. They are employed by contracting companies to work as general laborers, landscapers, painters and plumbers. Many of them are hired at the entry level but, unfortunately, most of them remain there due to their lack of communication skills in English, especially in the area of construction and landscaping.
    View this on Valrc >
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    Glenda L. Rose, PhD
    Program Manager for PD Needs Assessment and Evaluation
    Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy and Learning
    Texas A&M University
    College Station, TX



  • 9.  RE: ESL Materials for Construction Workers

    Posted 14-12-2016 10:35 AM

    http://www.burlingtonenglish.com/

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    Firoza Rasul
    Instructor/GED/ESOL, Computer Lab Manager, Administrator-Burlington English & Co
    Adult Education Center



  • 10.  RE: ESL Materials for Construction Workers

    Posted 16-12-2016 10:17 AM

    You might consider taking information from articles by Mike Holmes or his TV episodes for construction content: 

    Articles in the National Post: Mike Holmes | National Post

    Videos (episodes): HGTV Video - Watch HGTV Online - Full Episodes Income Property

    There are probably many other links, but those could be a start. 

    Jane Petring

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    Jane Petring
    Cegep Édouard-Montpetit
    Canada



  • 11.  RE: ESL Materials for Construction Workers

    Posted 26-01-2017 04:51 PM
    Thanks everybody for all your suggestions!!
    I did finally track down the Ingles para Construccion CD that I gave away in the past: http://www.thriftbooks.com/w/english-for-construction-ingles-para-construccion_stacey-kammerman/2850708/?gclid=CNyu8s_e4NECFQ6bfgodK8AJjg#isbn=0979500028&pcrid=70112885712&pkw=&pmt=&plc=

    Someone also mentioned English for Construction by Evan Frendo which comes with a downloadable CD-ROM with vocabulary listening in British and American English and downloadable MP3 audio files of the conversations. It says you can copy to CD, and I assume put into iTunes as well.  https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=English+for+Construction+by+Evan+Frendo

    I also looked into www.BurlingtonEnglish.com which has A LOT to choose from with the small yearly purchase of a "student seat" access - Leveled curriculum, career pathways, occupational vocabulary lists for beginners, and occupational courses for intermediate and advanced. It has a very complete set-up for instructors with teaching materials and progress tracking system. The app was recently updated this month, but it is still limited to what students can access on a smartphone but my contact did mention one table that the full student program can be downloaded to:
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XQ9BGVO/ref=nav_timeline_asin?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

    Just in case the link doesn't work in the future, here are the basic specs:
    Asus Transfomer 
    T100 TAF (there are several models)
    Windows 8 operating system
    2 in 1 tablet with keyboard 10.1 inch


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    Jacqueline Vulcano
    ESL Instructor
    Central Wyoming College
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  • 12.  RE: ESL Materials for Construction Workers

    Posted 31-01-2017 08:56 AM
    Surprised Oxford English for Careers series hasn't got a 'Construction' title.

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    Rob Harris
    Mr
    Personal
    New Zealand
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  • 13.  RE: ESL Materials for Construction Workers

    Posted 01-02-2017 11:21 AM
    When I was looking at the possibility of teaching English for construction trades, I read "Tools for Success. Soft Skills for the Construction Industry" by Steven A. Rigolosi (2001) to get an idea of occupational situations. The author is a Manager of Training in the construction industry. It's not an ESL textbook but I found it helpful and could adapt a few situations to the ESL classroom.

    Joan

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    Joan Bartel
    Professor, Humber College
    Author, Office Soft Skills
    Toronto, Canada
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  • 14.  RE: ESL Materials for Construction Workers

    Posted 02-02-2017 11:07 AM
    Here are Facilitator Guides and Materials as well as accompanying Student Handouts for each of the trades:
    • General Construction
    • Landscaping
    • Painting
    • Plumbing


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    Devinder Pooni-Gunderson
    ESL Itinerant Teacher/Instructional Coach
    Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
    Canada
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