Now, I can connect with other groups, not just Latinos. I have more self-esteem and confidence that I can achieve my goals.
“I can communicate better and better, and this has been an important factor of my life style. Since I am able to express myself a Little bit better, now people are willing to listen to me and start a conversation, and communicate either for business purposes or just to be friendly…….my motivation was my daughter Violeta. I decided to learn and get better in math and English so I can help my daughters with their homework from school. Now my daughter is an honor student due to my being able to help her. I thank God for this opportunity to help my daughter and my community.”
“My education had been limited, I only attended through 7th grade….The benefits of joining Open Door HiSET and ESL have been many. I have been able to get much better with my pronunciation, English skills, math and science. I plan to eventually take some college classes. Real academic skills help build up self-confidence, have better working ethics and more employment opportunities. Our conversation partners help my wife and me get great tips on job interviews and other things. Open Door is a great benefit to our community.”
– Isaac Ramirez
“Before taking HiSET classes, I was struggling with low self esteem. I lost my job due to the company shutting down. Taking HiSET classes showed me that I ‘can do it’! I loved learning new things, especially Math. I went on to take English classes too. It has always been my dream to go to college. Now, I know that my dream can come true, even though I am in my 60s. It is never too late to get education. I am now taking classes at Front Range Community College, studying accounting. I encourage everyone to not give up. ”
– Josefa Gonzalez
I have become more confident in my writing, reading, and communication skills. I know what it is like to be able to ask questions. I know what it is like to not be able to handle a phone call. I know what it’s like to lay your head down because of embarrassment. I know what it is like to have everyone looking at you like you’re dumb because you don’t understand what they are saying. By teaching me, Open Door is preparing me for my future success, and with skills to be able to achieve my goals. A recent benefit was being able to fill out an application, communicated well in an interview, and be hired for a new job. So, it definitely has been a big impact in my life.
I found Open Door ESL one month after I arrive in America. Actually, I was nervous when I took the English class because my listening and speaking in English was at a very low level compared with my reading and writing. But, I didn’t want to live like an uneducated person here, and I wanted to get a job to utilize my major, computer science. So, I decided to take the classes, and plucked up the courage. Now, I feel certain it was an excellent choice. I can practice listening and speaking in English… Now, I can listen more clearly when I listen to the radio. Also, I have made a good friend in my class.
I read somewhere that “every choice we make gives us a new opportunity.” I have chosen to take a class at Open Door ESL and it has really given me the hope to integrate into the community.
Open Door is a great place to help you get closer to your goals. I have met with the director about the program available. My teacher continually encourages me. My conversation partner helps in building confidence, and allows me to laugh about my mistakes.
All the classes at Open Door ESL have helped me with my personal life. Now, I am more confident in myself and in my job. In my job, I have more relationship with my co-workers and my boss. When I go to the store or ask some questions to the people, I am not afraid anymore. In the community, I help my friend who is 86 years old, and she wants to learn English… My conversation partner has helped me in my life and has opened new opportunities for me. I want to give to others what I have learned, and I feel more integrated in this amazing country. Thank you Open Door for all your support.
Open Door has had a very positive impact in my life relating to learn English in an academic and correct way; as a result, I already have taken four sessions and have learned grammar, composition, reading, vocabulary among others. Besides expressing myself correctly, writing a paragraph and an essay, which has been very helpful to improve my English, I have also improved my pronunciation. Another important benefit of the program is the support of the conversation partner, who helps to improve pronunciation and vocabulary. Above all, it is the excellent level of the teachers and how they are devoted to the program as well as students are always there improving the classes and supporting each other. Finally, I can notice how Open Door has had a very positive and valuable impact in my life, helping me to reach my goals in learning English as a second language.
I signed up for the Open Door ESL classes and undoubtedly it has helped me in so many ways. I have learned to write better, and understand English better. I am able to write an essay and a paragraph in a correct way, and I have learned the different types of essays there are. In addition, ESL has been challenging and a very interesting class for me… I feel better about myself. Open Door has provided me with other resources, like my conversation partner, who has also helped me so much.
When I saw the overall English of my wife improve a great deal, I decided to take classes too. I am not the only one who has noticed, but her co-workers too. Since I have been at Open Door, I have gained a good deal of knowledge as well as confidence in my English skills. Finally, I want to add that we need to support and keep Open Door for future ESL students. It has been a great opportunity and privilege to have our teachers and our conversation partners… I can not thank my teacher enough for her teaching and patience.
My pronunciation has improved as well as my writing skills. I am talking more and not so shy to say my opinion. Open Door has helped my by giving me an opportunity to keep studying English at an affordable price and by having good results about my English speaking and comprehension.
– R. Marquez
Open Door has helped me improve my English and feeling so excited to take more English classes. I love this great program!
When I talk with my manager, I speak with more security.
Open Door helped me to improve my pronunciation and helped me to understand American culture. I’m really glad to participate in these classes because I can pronunciate better different words.
Open Door has helped me by learning more Grammar structure, being more confident, and exposing me to American literature critique.
Open Door has helped me with English language skills, but also to have a better life.
Now I can have more vocabulary to speak with more people. Also, I can help my children with their homework.