Things Are Getting Better

January 24, 2013 at 12:30 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Much of what we focus on in the classroom is helping our learners improve their English language life skills or survival skills – scheduling a doctor’s appointment, reading a bus schedule, filling out a form. For the father who relies on his child to read the medicine label and for the adult who cares for her elderly parent, it is independence and resourcefulness that they gain from such an emphasis on relevant and meaningful life skills-based instruction. It’s part of the Literacy Council’s mission to foster more fully participating members of the community.

In addition to being a tool for meeting everyday needs, the English language is also a vehicle for our learners to share their stories, their thoughts and feelings. Cultural exchange aside, what is it they would like to say? So, for a final assignment, I asked learners to write a letter on any topic and mail it to me at the Literacy Council office. Huong Ngo, a learner in one of my classes last fall, shared the following song with me.

Things Are Getting Better

Things are getting better, much better.

Things are getting better every day.

I’m glad.

The homework is getting easier, much easier.

The homework is getting easier every day.

That’s good.

Your English is improving.

Your writing is getting stronger.

Your grammar is getting better every day.

Hooray!

Your accent is getting better, much better.

Your accent is getting better every day.

Hooray!

Looking ahead to the start of a new term this month, I resolve to do my part as an AmeriCorps member, as an ESOL Learning Centers instructor to make sure things get better, to make sure things get easier for our learners here at LCNV.

If you know someone who could benefit from our English classes, please tell them about our upcoming registrations on January 29 and 30 (6:00 – 8:00 pm in Alexandria), January 31 (9:30 – 11:30 am in Herndon) or February 2 (3:00 – 6:00 pm in Falls Church). We are also in need of volunteer teachers and class aides. Please contact 703-237-0866 x 111 or volunteers@lcnv.org for more information, or to register for a volunteer training on Saturday, January 26.

Xavier Muñoz, AmeriCorps Instructor
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, VA 22042
www.lcnv.org

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