Around the factory II

Fabricando Inglés – Multinational factories need workers who speak English

Both Sandra and I have had the pleasure of teaching at big factories in Madrid. Between the two of us, we have more than 15 years of experience with factory workers. As much as it was a teaching experience, it was a learning experience as well.

During those years, we saw it all: lock-ins, lockouts, cooking lamb chops at the Christmas party, and unfortunately, some serious injuries. But it wasn’t all drama and anecdotes; we met a lot of hard-working, interesting, different people. Sixty-year-old students who had started at the factory at 16. Students who had studied French for many years until the world switched to English.

And we didn’t just learn about people. It is safe to say that neither of us knew much about the manufacturing process before giving class at a factory. Purchasers, machinists, union representatives, logistics managers and human resources managers all gave us their insights and points of view on the larger process.

We could use this space to say that it would be a shame if, like in the U.S., manufacturing moves east or south (and it would), but let’s celebrate the factory by looking at common manufacturing terms in English.


i360-by-diverbo-useful-vocabulary    VOCABULARY

Lock-in – huelga donde encierras a los trabajadores
Lockout – huelga donde no dejas a nadie entrar
Lamb chop – chuleta de cordero
Injury – herida
Purchaser – comprador
Union – sindicato
Insight – conocimiento, percepción
Shame – lastima


27/02/2015Level - difficulty 2United StatesUnited States 2Audio