University of Vermont

Cultivating Healthy Communities

Language Tools

To improve communication in the workplace, it is advised that producers and/or managers, and Latino employees take language lessons.

Language Graph
Data collected in a survey of Franklin County Vermont dairy producers and their Latino employees showed that language levels which allow good communication between producers/managers and Spanish-speaking employees were low. (Wolcott-MacCausland, 2010) Click to enlarge

However, it should be noted that due to the high mobility of the average migrant worker, studying Spanish is in the best interest of the employer.

There are various ways to learn a second language:

  • Check with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture for Spanish classes for agricultural employers
  • Sign up for a class at a local college
  • Self-study through audio/video programs and/or online materials

Resources

Last modified July 14 2015 08:38 AM