Commend McDonalds for Providing Language Education to English Learner Employees

Target: McDonalds Corporation

Goal: Commend McDonalds for providing non-English speakers the English training they need to succeed in higher positions

McDonalds has developed and launched an English learning program called English Under the Arches in order to provide non-English speakers with the language skills they need in order to get promoted.  The program, taught by local community college teachers, is centered on business communications and trains employees in shift basics, shift conversation, shift writing, and conduct performance reviews.  Each course lasts for 8 to 22 weeks and is provided free of charge to the employee.

In order to provide this training in the most convenient way possible, McDonalds holds most of these classes online.  Every few weeks, there is an in-person class, but most of the practicing is done on the job.

So far, 44 McDonald’s locations have offered this program, with 2,500 employee graduates.  84 percent of employees in the program have advanced at least one level on their English proficiency tests, and 95 percent of employees have increased their wages.  The courses have also improved retention rates. Many employees reported that they feel more confident talking to customers and that they believe the program has opened up more possibilities for their future.

By signing this petition you will help thank McDonalds for providing free English training to English learner employees to maximize their potential and chances of getting promoted to a managerial position.


To the McDonalds Corporation:

I have recently learned of your English Under the Arches program, designed to help English learner employees to master the language skills they need in order to maximize their potential in the company.  I think that this is a great idea since many McDonalds employees lose out on opportunities despite their hard work and intelligence because they lack English skills, , but this program helps them overcome this difficulty and gives them the chance to increase their wages or be promoted to managerial positions.

I think it is thoughtful of McDonalds to offer these courses free of charge and online so that almost any employee who needs training can receive it, regardless of their time and financial restraints.

Please continue to use your innovation to improve the lives and futures of your employees, and we look forward to your progress.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credits: Bruce Marlin via Wikimedia Commons

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