“I Won’t Give Up”

June 17, 2020 at 9:30 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Yeon has been a student with LCNV for  some  time, and we are delighted to see her improve day by day. Read her essay on her journey learning English below:

“I moved to the US the 27th of August, 2018. When I arrived, I couldn’t speak English. I was afraid to live in America. I found a place to learn English. I started to learn English at the library, but now I learn English [with LCNV at the Korean Community Service Center]. It is hard for me to study English, but I won’t give up. I have a dream to study English and go to college. I want to teach English to people who do not know English so I memorize new vocabulary every day.”

At LCNV, we are dedicated in helping our students  get involved in their community via the power of English literacy. If you believe in our cause, please consider volunteering with us or make a donation.

“English Opens a New World for Me”

June 10, 2020 at 9:30 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “English Opens a New World for Me”

Bin has always been a very diligent student here at  LCNV. With a very positive and tenacious attitude, his English has improved steadily. Through learning English we are happy  that Bin is now  able to have more interaction in his neighborhood, and does not feel so secluded  anymore! Read Bin’s essay below:

“My name is Bin and I was 63 years old when I moved from China. I knew a little English but I could not understand a lot. My understanding was very poor so I could not make new friends and couldn’t do anything. I was feeling lonely. My wife and my daughter decided to find an English school for me. They said that it is important to have guidance from teachers and to meet other students.

I am grateful for the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia and Ms. Valerie. She is my English teacher. By learning English, I can be involved in more conversations. I can state my opinions to my daughter, pay my own bills and make friends. Something I am very grateful for is my teachers and classmates who helped me overcome my initial fears, for making my English better, and for making my life feel happier.

I need to continue to learn English. English opens a new world for me. My plan is to continue studying at the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia. I need to continue to learn English, to write, read, and to practice conversation and to improve my socialization because I know English can change my life in the USA.”

At LCNV, we are dedicated in helping our students be involved in their community via the power of English literacy. If you believe in our cause, please consider volunteering with us or make a donation.

“My Life Has Become a New Idea”

June 3, 2020 at 9:30 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “My Life Has Become a New Idea”
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Teachers and students celebrating a birthday during one of LCNV’s Destination Workforce classes

English opens doors to jobs, more learning opportunities, and accessibility; but most importantly, with the ability of speaking English, our students are able to communicate and become a more integral part of the community. From Junseok’s article, we can see his passion to learn about new cultures and his excitement of the connections English has brought him:

“My English class was [LCNV’s] beginning ESL class at the library. Through my encounter with ethnic people from more than 30 various countries; my life has become a new idea.

In addition, I became acquainted with the details of everything from the [LCNV] family that I need to live in America. As I walked in the park every day, I learned about the contents of various signboards, so I spread my thoughts and greeted many people. I met my neighbors and made friends, so I [became] confident in conversation. I learned a lot about the culture of my friends’ countries through dialogue.

Now, I will learn about a lot more cultures through conversation practice. I want to speak English well but I will need a lot of effort.”

At LCNV, we are dedicated in helping our students be involved in their community via the power of English literacy. If you believe in our cause, please consider volunteering with us or make a donation.

“By learning English I can be Involved in My Community”

May 27, 2020 at 9:30 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “By learning English I can be Involved in My Community”

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Language barriers can be limiting for a person to maintain independence. It can also fuel feelings of insecurity and impact the development of social relations. With that in mind, LCNV’s English classes are not just aimed at teaching students the grammar and vocabulary they need, but also establishing class interactions with real life examples to prepare students for  actual interactions. For Santos, English has built a bridge connecting her with everyone around her– with the ability to speak English, she is now having additional interaction with her children and her community:

“I am Learning English. Now I can write, read, talk, and help my children in school and with homework. Learning to speak English is good for communication with everybody. I am learning English to get a driver’s license, and for my job.

By learning English I can be involved in my community, and to help other people at school, at church, and in my neighborhood.”

If you believe in our cause and would like to help our community through these times, please consider volunteering with us or make a donation.

“You Light Our Path of Darkness”

May 20, 2020 at 9:30 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “You Light Our Path of Darkness”

Used5“You light our path of darkness,” that’s one of our students’ words when the class was wishing the teacher and class aide “a Happy Teachers Day” for Teacher Appreciation Week. During this unconventional time, these words reflect the positive and necessary impact of LCNV’s work, which is truly meaningful to all of us. Sonia talks about how important LCNV’s English classes are for her:

“Classes with teacher Elizabeth are helping me grow with English… I hope to learn more.

Learning English, I can help my daughters with their homework and I also learn something new along with them. Education is very important for us. [It] helps us learn and grow and fins a good job for our family.”

LCNV is supporting our community during the difficult times by providing online distance learning programs and one on one conversation practices. If you believe in our cause and would like to help our community through these times, please consider volunteeringwith us or make a donation.

 

“[I am] encouraged to practice at home with my children!”

May 13, 2020 at 9:30 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “[I am] encouraged to practice at home with my children!”

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With LCNV’s Distance Learning Classes up and running, we are delighted to see students and teachers having a joyous time together. The energy, laughter, and positivity plowing in the classroom is precious and makes everything worthwhile! This week, we would like to share with you Katherin’s essay about how learning English has helped her to have more interactions with people in her life:

“My voice is important because in these classes they taught me with patience. I feel happy, satisfied. I like that we practice and we are free to express what we think about the topics that we carry out. This has helped me a lot for my daily life and [I am] encouraged to practice at home with my children!”

LCNV is supporting our community during the difficult times by providing online distance learning programs and one on one conversation practices. If you believe in our cause and would like to help our community through these times, please consider volunteeringwith us or make a donation.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

May 6, 2020 at 9:30 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

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This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, and we want to have a big shout-out to all our Instructors! Every time we hear about our students’ success, we know that it is not separable from our instructors’ effort, and deeply feel thankful for the time and all the heart dedicated by them. Just like what Jale wrote in her essay- she tributes all the changes English has brought into her life to the help and support of her teachers:

“By learning English I can speak better and I can write better. I can remember and think in English. Sometimes I watch TV or see a movie. I can go shopping. English helps me. At my daughter’s school, English helps me to speak with the teachers.
I can go to the doctor. English helps me. Sometime English helps me with a neighbor. Since taking English class I can talk with my classmates. Speaking English helps me read and understand an English book.
That is all because of my English class teachers. Thank you!”

At LCNV, we cannot thank our teachers enough. Since we have moved our in-person classes to Distance Learning , Instructors have not only been teaching and helping our students to learn English ; but have been helping each student individually set up the online learning platforms and preparing them for this unconventional time, ensuring disruption to students’ learning process is limited. If you believe in our cause and would like to support our community, please consider volunteering with us or making a donation.

Zainab: “I have the Best Teachers. They Help Me a Lot.”

April 29, 2020 at 9:30 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Zainab: “I have the Best Teachers. They Help Me a Lot.”

Having a good teacher is a critical part of language education. A good teacher helps you understand the materials better, improve faster, and feel encouraged and motivated throughout your learning process. At LCNV, we feel blessed whenever we hear our students say, “we have the best teachers!”. We are extremely thankful to our teachers who during these unconventional times,  keep performing their vital roles in supporting our students by providing the distance learning classes, resources, and instructions our students need. Zainab writes about his gratitude towards his teacher:

“Learning English helped me to learn the English alphabet and to write my name. My teachers helped me learn the English alphabet and to write my name in English. My teachers are teaching me so well…. I have the best teachers. They help me a lot. When I am getting confused by something, my teachers teach me. I am really happy.”

LCNV is supporting our community during the difficult times by providing online distance learning programs and one on one virtual conversation practices. If you believe in our cause and would like to help our community through these times, please consider volunteeringwith us or make a donation.

Happy National Volunteer Week!

April 22, 2020 at 9:30 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Happy National Volunteer Week!

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Happy National Volunteer Week! Volunteers are absolutely critical to fulfilling our mission and we are fortunate to be connected to so many amazing, dedicated individuals. They support our learners as teachers, class aides, and administrative roles in our office; and we are truly thankful for the difference they made in our learners’ lives! In Marlon’s essay, he expressed how our volunteers helped him make a difference:

“Since taking English class, I have more confidence in myself. I have been able to communicate with people in my work, in classes and anywhere. I feel lucky to be a part of this project, where wonderful people help you improve, guiding you step by step. I am not the same person since I came to this place.”

If you or someone you know is interested in getting involved in LCNV’s mission, please contact atristan@lcnv.org.

 

 

“English helps me to travel throughout the world.”

April 15, 2020 at 9:30 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “English helps me to travel throughout the world.”

LCNV’s Distance Learning programs are up and running with tremendous success, and we will extend our current semester from April 23 to June 30 at no additional cost. We are working tirelessly to provide English literacy instruction during this unconventional time. We understand the difficulties and eagerness of our learners, and we want to support them in realizing their hopes and dreams. In Qui’s article, he states how important learning English to him in his everyday life:

“English helps me speak with other people. It helps me buy groceries in the store and I can use my card to pay and to prepare for my citizenship test. I need English for my business to talk with customers and to pay my suppliers for food. I need English to speak with my neighbors. English helps me to travel throughout the world. I can communicate better so people can understand me.

Thank you, Teachers, who teach me to learn English.”

If you believe in our cause, support us by volunteering with us or making a donation today.

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