Moving somewhere new can be hard.
If you don’t know the language, getting a good job and communicating with your community, can become nearly impossible.
So some are choosing to hit the books and learn English through English learner classes.
These students are hard at work, learning something new.
“It is a different culture, different people, different everything,” Alfredo Moreno, English language learner says.
Moreno moved to Bismarck more than 4 years ago, but he says moving to the U.S. wasn’t without its challenges.
“When my supervisor told me orders in English, I didn’t understand,” Moreno says.
With some unable or unwilling to communicate with him.
“My question was, I’m sorry, I don’t understand your orders, can you help me? ‘No, this is America, and in America, you speak English,'” Moreno says.
But today, he’s a little bit closer to his dream.
“I understand a little English, three years ago, it was difficult,” Moreno says.
These students are taking a seat and opening up a world of new opportunities.
“The main motivation is quality of life, they want to be able to converse with people at their places of work,” Curtis Starck, English language teacher says.
And English is their first step.
Students range from PHD’s to no schooling at all.
But Starck says all of his students have one thing in common.
“EL students who come here from other countries tend to be very highly motivated, very friendly, very giving, and very loving people,” Curtis Starck, English language teacher says.
For Moreno, learning English will break down barriers.
“I feel when I understand English, it will open many opportunities because it will be easier to communicate with everybody,” Moreno says.
And open the door to once again doing a job he loves.
“I would like to change my job, for example, teach Spanish class,” Moreno says.
And then the student will become the teacher because that’s what he used to be back home.
The Adult Learning Center offers morning, afternoon, and night sessions for English Learners.
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about how they can take a class call the Bismarck Adult Learning Center for more information at (701) 323 – 4530.