Angel Sichiqui came to Minnesota from Cuenca, Ecuador, in 2000 with no English-speaking skills. He wanted to learn how to speak English, and he wanted to know more about the American culture. Since he began taking classes at the IEC four years ago, Angel has made huge strides improving his English, which has helped him with his job and in his everyday life.
Angel started in a beginning level English class at the IEC. In just three months, he says his pronunciation and writing skills improved and he got a better job. He interviewed for a new job as a cook, and got a food runner position because the interviewer was so impressed with how well his resume was written and his speaking skills.
He is now in the high-intermediate/advanced English class at the IEC. Angel is thankful for the teachers. “They are patient with us and they give us attention,” he says. He also likes meeting students from many other countries and learning about their cultures.
Angel plans to continue taking classes at the IEC until he feels 100% comfortable with the language. He says he may take the skills he’s learned at the IEC back to Ecuador one day and teach English.