ESL


Hodges University ESL Program
Two men share their journey of coming to the United States and their pursuit of learning the English language Imagine making the decision to leave your family and friends, as well as the comforts and familiarities of home and move to another country. While it is a daunting thought, the […]

In Search of Opportunity


Frank with ESL students
Imagine you are on a boat in the middle of the ocean with only a handful of people. This is not a leisurely fishing trip or time spent cruising the waters on a nice day. It’s night and everyone on the boat is hoping to reach their destination safely and […]

Building Confidence in the Midst of Struggle


Virginia Demezier Bien Aime
There is saying associated with an individual who has many talents and must balance multiple responsibilities. Whether it is at work or at home, this person is referred to as someone “who wears many hats.” Oftentimes, these hats become so jumbled it can be difficult to find the original person […]

Virginia Demezier Bien Aime Reclaims Her Identity at Hodges University



Professor Liana Calderin with her family.
When her students experience intimidation or doubt, Professor Liana Calderin encourages them by saying, “The sky will always be blue. Everything else that happens is just bad weather that will pass. When you wake up tomorrow, the sky will still be blue.” As a Hodges University alumna, she is familiar […]

Embracing Challenge to Help Build the Future


Arthur Boyer
At 6 years old, Dr. Arthur Boyer remembers his father stating, “you are going to be educated.” Growing up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, education was an invaluable tool, and for Boyer, his father took education very seriously. Dedicated and studious, Boyer’s passion for French literature did not go unnoticed by his […]

A Two-Week American Journey Turns Into 25 Years


Three Tips to Increase English Skills While in College
By Leisha Cali, director of the English as a Second Language program If English is not your first language and you are pursuing a college degree in a country or at a university where English is used, you know that increasing your understanding and use of academic English will determine […]

Three Tips to Increase English Skills While in College