“My Goal was to Live Better”

June 13, 2018 at 7:58 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

LCNV’s Annual Recognition Ceremony is only eight days away, and you’re invited! Join us at the James Lee Community Center Theater on June 21 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM to celebrate the impact of literacy in the community. LCNV’s learners, volunteers, instructors, and partners will be honored during this ceremony. For more information, click here.

“My goal was to live better,” writes LCNV learner Juana in her essay on why she decided to learn English. You can hear about all the ways LCNV learners are living better with English on June 21! Read Juana’s essay below:

“Hello my name is Juana. I am 58 years old. I am from Guatemala. I came to the U.S. to work for my family. One challenge I faced was finding a job. I did not know English. My sister lived in the U.S. My goal was to live better. English is hard to speak. I go to school [at LCNV] to learn English. Speaking a little English makes my days easier. [I will be] able to achieve my goals.”


“It was a Great Decision”

June 6, 2018 at 8:00 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

On June 21, 2018, the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia will host its Annual Recognition Ceremony, an opportunity to recognize the students, instructors, volunteers, and partners who make up our LCNV community. You are invited to join us for this celebration of adult literacy! RSVP by contacting 703-237-0866 or info@lcnv.org. For more information, click here.

During the Annual Recognition Ceremony, three LCNV learners will read their essays based around the theme of “Learning English Improves My Life”. Below, find previous reader Isaias Coc Sian’s inspiring essay:

“When I speak English I have more opportunities. I can speak with American people. Sometimes I need to know the price of products. I can ask many things.

English is very important for my life because I want many doors to open in my life.

When I started to learn English my world became bigger. It was a great decision. I can interact with people from all over the world.

English is the key that will unlock the door to my new life.

Studying English is the best way to learn more about my new life in the U.S. and even the world.”

Hong’s Story

May 30, 2018 at 11:53 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This week is the last chance to sign up for LCNV’s summer English classes. Do you know someone who needs to learn English? Do you struggle with speaking, reading, writing, and understanding English? Click here for sign-up opportunities.

Today, we celebrate Hong’s story, in which she describes her decision to learn English:

“Four years ago I came to the USA. I had a lot of things that kept me preoccupied. I couldn’t drive, I had no job, no English and I couldn’t even go out alone because I was scared. So, I knew I had to learn English. However, the English language is very, very hard for me, an older woman and [I am] busy.

I tried hard to study English. Now my English is so so. I can hear and talk a little bit, but I’m really happy because I now understand what people say.

I am thankful for English teachers because they teach me a lot of things and this helps me to have a better life.

I hope in the near future I can have confidence to do anything, when before I couldn’t.


Celebrate Learners like Martha

May 23, 2018 at 8:12 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Celebrate Learners like Martha

Save the date for June 21st, 2018! Join the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia for our 56th Annual Recognition Ceremony, an evening celebrating the incredible work of LCNV’s students, community partners, volunteers, and instructors. Students will read essays based around this year’s theme of “Learning English Improves My Life”. Special guest Aimee Cho, Reporter for NBC News4 Washington, will deliver keynote remarks. A dessert reception will follow the event. This ceremony will occur at the James Lee Community Center Theater from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

The Annual Recognition Ceremony is a chance to celebrate LCNV learners like Martha, whose essay discusses her reasons for learning English. Read Martha’s essay below:

“I can read books to my children. I also have been able to understand my children better and I can watch movies in English. For these reasons I like to learn English because I can talk with my children in English. When I go to the store I can understand better. I want to learn more English because it is very important for me to learn and understand the language.”

“I’m Devoting Myself to Learning English”

May 16, 2018 at 8:05 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “I’m Devoting Myself to Learning English”

LCNV learner Mazonina can attest to the fact that it’s never too late to start learning English. Mazonina arrived in the United States 10 years ago with the dream of giving her daughters more opportunities. Now that Mazonina’s daughters have established themselves, she is able to devote time to her own education. As an LCNV student, Mazonina can ensure that she will have the language needed to take care of herself. LCNV’s classes are open to all beginning-level adults who need to learn the basics of reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English.

If you or someone you know needs English classes, visit LCNV’s website or call 703-287-0866 for more information. Summer 2018 class sign-ups are happening now.

“My name is Mazonina. I’m Brazilian. I have two daughters. I have a girl and a boy who are my grandchildren. I’ve been in the United States for 10 years. I came to this country [so] my daughters [can] study and have an opportunity for a better future. I’m studying English. [It is] difficult [to] speak English.

I moved to this country with two underage daughters and with much hope. Only one daughter spoke a little English. I worked hard to give my daughters a better life. Today the two are married and speak English very well. One is trained in administration and the other is two years away from the university. Now I’m devoting myself to learning English and taking better care of myself.

Thank God that I have achieved my goal [for] my daughters.”

“Learning Changes My Life”

May 9, 2018 at 8:18 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “Learning Changes My Life”

LCNV’s classes are the beginning of an education continuum in Northern Virginia; a first step towards a path of self-sufficiency and independence in the United States. LCNV learner Rachida knows this well, as an English language learner with dreams of eventually becoming a dentist. In her essay, Rachida writes about the newfound abilities that she has gained with English, from writing emails to going to the doctor alone. It is also clear that Rachida has gained confidence in the possibility of finding a better job. Learning English is hard work, but with a commitment to lifelong learning, Rachida will eventually reach her goals.

Do you know someone who needs to learn English? LCNV’s summer class registration is now open. Visit lcnv.org/students/class-schedule for registration times and locations, or call 703-237-0866 for more information.

“It is important to take English classes because of many reasons. First of all, it helps me improve myself so I can make contact easily with people in this country without feeling shy. Second, I will have a lot of chances to get a lot of better jobs. For example, I would like to be a dentist, but I want to start as a dental assistant as a beginning. Third, I can live my life usefully without any problems. [I can] go to the doctor alone without any help, write emails and make appointments and make successful interviews. Finally, learning English is really changing my life to the best because of all these benefits.

In conclusion, we should always learn something in our lives for our improvement like learning English. So any person has to search, learn and not give up.”

“English Helps Me to Start a Brighter Life”

May 2, 2018 at 8:00 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “English Helps Me to Start a Brighter Life”

LCNV learner Henok knows that learning English changes lives. From getting a job to making a call, English is an essential part of communicating in the United States. For so many learners like Henok, finding English classes is what sets them on their way to success in the United States. Learning English truly does help to “start a brighter life in America.

Do you struggle with English? Do you have friends or family members who have difficulty with reading, writing, speaking, or understanding English? LCNV’s summer class schedule with sign-up events beginning May 7 is available now. Click here for dates and details.

“I am learning English to feel more free. Because I need to learn English for personal use. For example: answering cell phone, job interview, and attending school.

Generally, learning more English helps me to start a brighter life in America.”

“We All Speak English”

April 25, 2018 at 9:03 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “We All Speak English”

English strengthens communities, something that LCNV learner Mary knows well. Mary began learning English at work, by listening and asking questions. Eventually, she found LCNV’s classes, and was able to study English formally. Mary is receiving more than English education in LCNV’s classes, she is becoming a part of a larger community.

Mary’s story is inspiring, like the stories of so many other LCNV learners. Today, on Spring2ACTion, we hope that you will support learners like Mary to improve their lives with English education, and thank you for welcoming these adult learners into your community: http://bit.ly/2HnsPky

“I began to learn English at my work by listening and by asking questions. Before I cannot speak English; now I want to learn English. Now I am living in the U.S. I want to be a part of the English speaking community. I began to study English at the church. When I began to study English I met new people and made new friends. When I learn English I found many friends at the English class. We did crafts, we made baskets and jewelry. We made quilts together. Then we all speak English.”

“This is My First Step”

April 18, 2018 at 9:11 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “This is My First Step”

All immigrants to the United States find their own ways to acclimate to a new culture. For LCNV learner Shaheen, learning to speak English was his way to become a part of his adopted country. Like some of LCNV’s other learners, Shaheen studied English prior to coming to the U.S., but he could not speak it fluently. Through LCNV’s programs, Shaheen is able to increase his independence and begin to feel like a member of his new community.

You can support learners like Shaheen. Please consider making a donation today.

“My name is Shaheen. I am from India. I studied English in my country but I can’t speak fluently. I’ve been living in the USA for ten years. I didn’t face any difficulties with language because I work in an Indian store. At the workplace they speak in Urdu language. The rest of the [things] like shopping, doctor’s appointments, and paying bills my family members managed for me.

So I lived in the USA but I felt like I was still in India. I wanted to mentally come out of India. That is why I took the first step and I joined the English class. I want to do everything myself. I don’t want to depend on anyone. This is my first step in an English community.”

“My Family Could Not Understand Me”

April 11, 2018 at 9:10 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “My Family Could Not Understand Me”

Learning English is often seen as a critical step for individuals to communicate with the outside world, but what if your need for language kept you from communicating with your own family? LCNV learner Linh experienced this situation, which spurred her desire to learn English. When Linh emigrated from Vietnam, she found that her family in America used English in their daily communication. Luckily, Linh discovered LCNV’s classes, where she is able to practice her English in order to better communicate with her family. You can support the education of learners like Linh here.

“By learning English now I can speak my opinions and speak with family. Before, my family could not understand me. It makes me happy to [share with] my family my experiences living in Vietnam. Learning English helps me go shopping and order food and take the metro.”

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