A year ago, Hugo Mendoza wasn’t able to speak a single word in English. He would smile with embarrassment every time someone would greet him in English, for he did not know how to respond to a greeting. More than once, Hugo had to leave a store without buying what he needed, because there weren’t any Spanish speakers around that could help him. However, his life has been transformed since he joined “Habla.”
“Habla” is a Stanford student-run organization whose mission is to empower adult workers on campus through English-language literacy and conversational skills. In addition to tutoring, “Habla” seeks to connect the student and the janitorial communities at Stanford. The one-on-one tutoring sessions are held twice a week. Hugo attends “Habla la Noche,” a session specifically designed for those working the night shift.
In the video above, Hugo shares his story and explains how “Habla” has transformed his life.