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Spanish for Construction

One in three professionals currently employed in the construction industry is Hispanic (31.5%); a number that continues to grow each year. 

This is why growth focused companies are investing in helping non-Spanish speaking team members develop the basic language skills to improve communication, accessibility, and safety. 

Registration for this course is now closed. Registration will reopen for the Spring 2024 semester.

Course Description

In this course, students learn Spanish using materials and customized content commonly used within a construction jobsite. They will learn reading, writing, listening and speaking skills to communicate more effectively with team members in Spanish in areas of safety, work instruction, tools, and basic conversation. 

There will also be opportunities to discuss cross-cultural questions related to effective teamwork and communication. 


The Literacy Center of West Michigan provides all levels of adult tutoring and literacy programming for the greater Grand Rapids area. 

Course details

Who should attend?

This course is intended for supervisors, managers, and colleagues to engage more effectively with Spanish speaking team members.

What language skills will students learn?

Course graduates will be able converse in a variety of construction applicable topics including:

  • Greetings & Introductions
  • Numbers
  • Telling Time & Schedules
  • Identifying Construction Jobs and Tools
  • Talking about Safety
  • Giving Instructions

What is the Literacy Center of West Michigan?

The Literacy Center of West Michigan has been working alongside community members as they improve their reading and language skills. Their work is deeply grounded in the belief that West Michigan will thrive only when we can access the assets of all our community members.


Learn more by visiting their website here. 

Spanish Construction Quiz
Take this fun, 4 question quiz on some of the most common conversations overheard on jobsites to reveal your Spanish Construction score!