[EDLING:82] US: Hispanic Business Council launches Language Matters Project
Francis M. Hult
fmhult at DOLPHIN.UPENN.EDU
Fri May 4 03:10:07 UTC 2007
Hispanic Business Council launches Language Matters Project
When local businesses needed help communicating with Spanish-speaking employees
they'd sometimes call the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce's Hispanic
Business Council looking for assistance.
Now the council has something to offer.
The council is partnering with the Learning Guide LLC, a new education and
consulting company run by Vincent Perez, to bridge the gap between English and
Spanish speakers in response to the growing demand for Spanish language
services in the area.
The Language Matters Project was launched Tuesday evening during the council's
meeting and Pre-Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Kon Tiki Restaurant in Shreveport.
About 20 people attended.
Whether it's helping car dealership employees learn Spanish phrases to help
with sales or educating medical staff and patients on health-related phrases,
the project aims to "create a safe space to practice language skills, build
relationships and connect communities," according to the Learning Guide. But
unlike some other similar programs, Spanish and English speakers will be in the
same room learning to communicate better together, organizers said.
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