Registration for LCNV Summer English Classes in Alexandria and Falls Church is Next Week

May 23, 2014 at 1:47 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Registration for LCNV Summer English Classes in Alexandria and Falls Church starts next week. Check the schedule here and let potential students know.

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
http://www.lcnv.org

Literacy Council Closures for May 26, Memorial Day

May 23, 2014 at 1:13 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

LCNV classes are canceled and the offices are closed on Monday, May 26 for the Memorial Day holiday.  Also, the James Lee Community Center will be closed from Saturday, May 24 to Monday, May 26 for the Memorial Day weekend.  Please tell your students and plan accordingly. Have a safe and wonderful weekend!

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
www.lcnv.org

Safety First at Crestwood Family Learning Program

May 15, 2014 at 4:50 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Chester Robinson, Crestwood Crossing Guard, and Crestwood Family Learning Program students

Chester Robinson, Crestwood Crossing Guard, and Crestwood Family Learning Program students

Last week our Crestwood Family Learning Program (FLP) class had a visit with Mr. Chester Robinson, who is Crestwood’s Crossing Guard.  He also mentors students in the school, helping four days a week with reading, and he does all sorts of other needed work in the school.  Our students had many questions about driving tests, crossing the streets safely, calling 911, avoiding robbery and assault and what you should do if you are stopped by police while driving.  Everyone said that we should schedule this meeting again, because they had many more questions for him.

Elizabeth Magee, Family Learning Program Instructor
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA 22042

Editor’s Note: The FAMILY LEARNING PROGRAM (FLP) provides ESOL instruction for parents (or adults who live with children) in a supportive classroom environment, while their children participate in literacy-related activities and receive homework help in a separate classroom. At least twice a month, the children join the adult classroom for PACT (Parent and Child Together Time) activities. The Family Learning Program also encourages family literacy and parental involvement in education through workshops, book give-a-ways, and fieldtrips.

 

 

A Different Way To Tutor: My Adventures With Skype

May 15, 2014 at 3:46 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

When my student, Sanaa, began having trouble getting transportation to our sessions last year, we decided to try something different: lessons via Skype. Skype is a free Internet service (www.skype.com) owned by Microsoft and used by nearly 300 million people worldwide. It allows users to see and hear each other via their computer, and even share what’s on their screen. All that’s needed is a computer or other Internet-connected device with a camera and microphone – and many computers and tablets have built-in cameras and mics nowadays.

While I use Skype daily in my business and am very familiar with it, I was surprised to find that Sanaa knew as much as I did about it. It turned out that she used Skype regularly to see and speak to her mother and other family members in Morocco. Calling over the Internet is an easy and free way to keep up with the wider family.

With English lessons via Skype, Sanaa did not have to rely on her husband to drive her to our sessions or arrange for child care. She was able to learn from her home. We could see and hear each other, and she could share her screen with me.

Here are some ways we used Skype: I could turn my laptop’s camera toward various items around my office to illustrate words we were learning; I could email her worksheets during class sessions that we could work on together; she could email me homework that we reviewed together; and a few times I would direct her to a website of an educational game (such as a coin-counting practice game) and she could share her screen with me as she played so I could help her. Despite the occasional dropped “call,” we had a great time.

Sanaa has moved so we no longer Skype but I am trying to keep in touch via email. I hope our experience with Skype can help other teachers. It’s easy to sign up for Skype, and again, video and voice calls to anyone else on Skype are free.

Anne Meddis, Guest Blogger
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA 20027
www.lcnv.org

An Unexpected Encounter

May 1, 2014 at 3:12 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

As an office support volunteer, I regularly see the front-end mission of the Council, but rarely do I get a glimpse of the actual results of everyone’s efforts. This changed just the other day, when I had the good fortune to meet a former Basic Adult Literacy student who exemplifies the far-reaching results of the LCNV student experience.

I was working at the circulation desk of one of the local public libraries, when a man walked up and set two books on the counter. With a braid in his long white beard, tattoos and thick silver rings decorating his hands and fingers, and wearing denim overalls and a wide brimmed hat, he was pretty distinctive.  He wanted to renew the two books that his wife had checked out, but before I could do anything, he immediately launched into a story about how he and his wife used to meet one another in the library before they were married. Without pause, he then told me that he didn’t used to know how to read, but had learned how at the Literacy Council—and then went on to earn his high school equivalent degree!

Bobby Joe Small ended up opening his own library account that day, and I checked those two books out on his card. As he left, we wished one another a good afternoon, and he held out a fist. I was tickled by his invitation for a parting fist bump, and hope that some of my respect and admiration for his achievements (and general bonhomie) transferred to him on that day. And those two books? They were both by Louise Erdrich—what a leap, from illiteracy to reading award-winning American literature!

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-Sheila Frost, LCNV Volunteer

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
www.lcnv.org

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