Niedner     |    French Comprehension and Grammar

Coaticook, Québec


Niedner, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sanexen Environmental Services Inc., manufactures a wide range of high quality, lightweight, extremely flexible, compact, resistant large diameter hoses (12+ inches). Founded in 1895, Niedner today serves the following markets: forestry, municipal, rehabilitation of aqueduct, industrial, government, automotive, oil and gas, and snowmaking. Niedner offers a wide range of distinctive woven-jacketed hose products. Products include both rubber-lined and lightweight polyurethane-lined versions of fire hose. The plant in Coaticook employs 150 people.

This case study evaluates a training program in French Comprehension and Grammar that was developed for employees to review and gain French writing, grammar, and comprehension abilities with the goal of preparing participants toward earning a High School certificate equivalence. More specifically, the present case study was designed to monitor how the training improved motivation and confidence of the participants as well as workplace quality of work, with an emphasis on increasing employee comprehension of procedures, standards and guidelines. Eleven operators, mechanics and supervisor voluntarily participated in the training with the overall goal of updating their secondary-level certification and improving literacy.

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