Muzlefa’s Story

November 14, 2018 at 7:45 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

LCNV learner Muzlefa found her first experiences in the United States difficult due to her lack of English. She was unable to excel in her US Citizenship class without English, and wasn’t able to communicate with her doctor. This all began to change, however, when Muzlefa joined LCNV’s classes. Read her story below to find out how English changed Muzlefa’s life.

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“English helps make my life better when I go to the doctor. When I first came to the USA my life was difficult because I did not speak English. [LCNV is] helping me to improve my English with speaking and writing, which will help me to pass my US Citizenship class.”


Orfan’s Story

November 7, 2018 at 7:29 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Today, LCNV partners with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to present a Naturalization Ceremony at the James Lee Community Center in Falls Church, VA. As we reflect upon the joy and triumph of these new citizens, it is important to recognize how learning English has helped them to become a part of their new home. In his essay, LCNV learner Orfan states “I live in the USA so I must learn English language to speak with American people.” Read Orfan’s essay below.

Please join us at today’s USCIS Naturalization Ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of these new citizens. Find more details here.

“I live in the USA so I must learn English language to speak with American people and recognize everything around me like shopping centers, banks, traffic signs, restaurants and government buildings. Also, I need to learn English to get a better job and to communicate with new people. My children’s problems in school need me to speak English with their teachers. So learning English in the USA gives me a new wide field of life and makes it easier to meet all my life needs.”

Zhour’s Story

October 31, 2018 at 9:20 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

LCNV’s learners take part in beginning-level English programs throughout Northern Virginia for a variety of reasons. Some learners want to get jobs, while others want to help their children with school. Regardless of reason, all LCNV learners share one desire: to improve their lives. Read LCNV leaner Zhour’s story below.

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“Learning English has made life so much better. Before I was shy to talk. No one understood me.”

Aysha’s Story

October 24, 2018 at 7:46 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Aysha’s Story

LCNV offers a wide variety of programs created using best instructional practices for adult English language learners (ELLs). Each of these programs focuses on helping beginning-level ELLs reach their potential, and focuses on different aspects of English language. For Aysha, LCNV’s English classes gave her the speaking, writing, and reading skills that she needs to thrive. Read her story below.

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“I am attending ESL classes since September, 2017. I found these classes very useful. They help me to understand basic speaking, reading and writing. I will continue [taking] more classes in the future too.

The teachers use very effective methods to teach English to students who have no or little knowledge of English. We appreciate your support. Thanks!”

“I am Determined”

October 17, 2018 at 7:59 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “I am Determined”

LCNV learner Giovanna came to the United States from Italy with some knowledge of English, but needed help to improve her speaking and reading. As an avid reader, Giovanna wanted to read more books and eventually join a book club in the United States, but first she needed to master the English language. Giovanna started taking classes with LCNV, and through her regular attendance and dedication to studying is able to meet new people and read more using her newfound English.

You can help learners like Giovanna in their mission to learn English. Join us on October 20th for “LCNV 101” to learn more about LCNV’s programs and volunteer opportunities.

“Learning English was my first thought when I moved from Italy. I knew English a little, but I wanted to speak it better. My daughter decided to find a school for me. She said that it is important to have guidance from teachers and meet other students. She helped me overcome my initial fears. I am happy that she did.

I read English books and magazines daily because I am determined to improve my language skills. My objective is to speak and write English without making mistakes. When I started attending school, I promised myself to study every day. I was able to keep my promise.

Improving my English has helped me in many ways; I communicate more with my son-in-law and I am closer to him. I met my neighbors and some new friends. I wish to continue to improve so that I can build deeper relationships. I also want to understand the American culture better. Because I love reading, I would like to become part of a book club, and have conversations with other avid readers. Thank you from my heart, Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, for helping me improve my life.”

“I Can Solve My Problem”

October 10, 2018 at 8:06 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “I Can Solve My Problem”

English fluency can pave the way to self-sufficiency. LCNV learner Samira is keenly aware of this, writing that she needs a “great job” in order to solve her problems. As Samira’s English abilities continue to grow with LCNV’s instruction, she can succeed in the workforce, support her family, and navigate the world around her. If you would like to help learners like Samira achieve their goals, attend our LCNV 101 orientation on October 20.

“I learn English because I need a great job so I can help my husband. Yes, I am learning English because I can improve myself and understand what people are saying. I can solve my problem. Thank you my lovely teacher. I love you, Teacher.”

Literacy and Nutrition

October 3, 2018 at 8:54 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Literacy and Nutrition

Literacy is a survival skill. This is particularly apparent when considering the impact of literacy on personal health. LCNV learner Alemtschay takes care of herself and her family by cooking healthy food, something she is able to do thanks to her newfound English literacy. Alemtschay checks nutrition labels and reads about caloric content to ensure that her family always eats healthy meals. This newfound interest in food stems from Alemtschay’s LCNV English teacher and class, where she learned how to read and evaluate nutrition labels in English.

Interested in LCNV’s free Chantilly Conversation Class? Click here for more information, and read Alemtschay’s story below.

“My name is Alemtschay and when I started this class I didn’t speak English very well. I speak English with my family, friends, and neighbors. I get good training from my teacher who helps me to buy healthy food. I choose food according to how many calories it contains, how much fat, whether it is low in fat and sodium, and what the expiration date is.

I want to keep learning English as much as I can. In the future when I complete school, I want to work in a government office.

Lastly, Mr. Stan is a very good teacher and I am very proud of him because he teaches me well and helps me to improve my English. Thanks for everything you do for me.”

AEFL Week 2018: Gip’s Story

September 26, 2018 at 8:01 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on AEFL Week 2018: Gip’s Story

This week marks Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, signifying the importance of adult education in the United States. Over 36 million adults nationwide lack basic literacy and numeracy skills, which effects their livelihoods and the lives of their family members. LCNV learner Gip has lived in the U.S. for over a year, and knows the importance of learning English for his family and his work.

You can help advocate for adult education in your own neighborhood! Remind anyone interested that the last chance to sign up for fall English classes with LCNV is this Saturday from 3:00-6:00 PM at the James Lee Community Center! Click here for more details, and read Gip’s story below.

“I have been in America for a year now. I live here with my family of four: my wife, my daughter, my son and me. Since I learned English from [my dedicated teacher,] it has helped me a lot in my life and work, and I am very thankful to the teacher. I love America.”

“I Understand Better Every Day”

September 19, 2018 at 8:34 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “I Understand Better Every Day”

One of the cornerstones of LCNV’s programs is their accessibility at different times throughout Northern Virginia. For LCNV learners like Kelly, finding classes that fit within her busy schedule helps her learn English. LCNV’s class options in the day and the night mean that all learners can find a time to learn English!

The last opportunity to sign up for fall LCNV English class is Saturday, September 29 from 3-6 PM at the James Lee Community Center. Follow this link for more information, and read Kelly’s story below.

“When I came to the USA, I didn’t understand and didn’t speak any English. I couldn’t communicate with other people. I felt very frustrated. After a few months I went to English class to improve my life. Now I can speak a little English and I can communicate with other people. I want to continue learning English to improve my life and to find a better job. I want to have more time for learning English but because of my job I sometimes can’t. But I feel good because I understand better every day.”

“My Life Will be Better”

September 12, 2018 at 9:19 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “My Life Will be Better”

LCNV learner Doan grew up in Vietnam and came to the United States in 2011 without any understanding of the English language. Doan knew that learning English was key to creating a a sense of community in his new country. He began studying with LCNV to improve his literacy. Thanks to Doan’s hard work and newfound understanding of English, he was able to attain US citizenship, and is continuing his language learning to find a better job and improve his life. If you know someone like Doan, share LCNV’s fall 2018 class schedule with them. Classes are available throughout Northern Virginia.

“I was born and grew up in Vietnam. I have lived here since December 2011. When I came to the United States I did not know English. I did not speak or understand English. Even when I went outside, I was very nervous and scared when I was face to face with Americans because I was scared that they would ask me [a question] and I [wouldn’t be able to] answer what they asked. Finally I thought that I should study English [so that] I will be able to communicate with everyone. Right now I am more confident and I know a little English.

I think that studying English has helped me. For example, I can speak and understand English much better. In September, 2016 I applied for the citizenship test, and on April 4th, 2017 I became a US citizen. I felt happy when I became a US citizen. Although I know a little English, I want to learn [to speak] English better. I think that a second language is very difficult for me. If I learn [to speak] English better, I think that I will get a better job and my life will be better.”

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