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Building Basics: ESOL Toolkit for General Construction, Landscaping, Painting, and Plumbing

Every day more and more multilingual speakers 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, face barriers when it comes to promotion due to the need for communication skills in English, especially in the area of construction and landscaping. Although general English can be acquired in the adult ESOL classes offered at local programs, most classes do not offer lessons that directly incorporate the vocabulary and knowledge base specific to jobs related to the contracting business.

The curriculum Building Basics: ESOL Toolkit for General Construction, Landscaping, Painting, and Plumbing was created by the Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center to address this need. The project was funded by the English Literacy/Civics Education program administered locally by the Office of Adult Education and Literacy of the Virginia Department of Education.

Full Introduction & Project Overview

 

General Construction

Landscaping

Painting

Plumbing