Meet Luis: From ELL student to Stanford Undergrad
Perhaps our most rewarding feeling is knowing that we are having a deep impact on students’ lives.
Luis Govea Moreno of Irving, Texas came to the United States seven years ago from Mexico with very limited English skills. He was enrolled in the Irving School District’s ELL program, which uses Rosetta Stone as a supplement to in-person instruction.
“As I was progressing in English, I was able to apply that knowledge to the other classes. I was able to understand what the math teacher was saying. I was able to know what the science teacher was saying. Just learning English was making the other classes easier,” Luis says.
Luis found Rosetta Stone vocabulary activities particularly valuable, but it was in speaking where Luis saw the quickest results.
“Within a couple of weeks, I was holding conversations with people that, before, I thought I wouldn’t be able to,” he says.
He continues, “The moment I stopped being shy about speaking English, it just felt amazing that I was finally able to have a conversation with someone from another country who could only speak English. And from that moment on, I decided to push myself more than before. I stopped being shy speaking in front of the class, speaking with friends, and just speaking with people in general in English.”
As he progressed through school, Luis’s class ranking steadily improved. When the time came, he was able to apply to big colleges. Through a scholarship program for low-income students, he will be attending Stanford University to study bioengineering.
“I didn’t think I would go to college before. I found a program that helped me apply to the big schools, but I never thought I would get into them,” Luis says.
Luis is a special young man with an internal drive that will make sure he succeeds at whatever he chooses to do with his life, but he’s not alone. The ELL population is expected to continue to grow, with these students making up a quarter of the student population in the US by the end of the decade. All it takes is the right language learning program to help these students realize their full potential, just as Luis did.