“By Learning English I Have a Dream”

August 30, 2017 at 9:55 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Learning English opens the door to daily conveniences and great aspirations. Many of LCNV’s learners begin classes with a dream of getting a job, becoming entrepreneurs, or participating in politics. Others enter our programs hoping to make day-to-day tasks easier – they dream of riding the bus, going to the doctor, or grocery shopping. These dreams, large and small, are not mutually exclusive. The business owner working towards their goals needs to be able to fill out tax forms in English, and the student learning to order food in English may be inspired to open their own restaurant. LCNV strives to empower English language learners to fulfill their potential and realize their dreams. LCNV learner Xiang’s 2017 essay Learning English Gives Me Power explores the power of English – the importance of every day communication, and how, by learning English, students can change the course of their lives.

“By learning English I can call about health insurance. I can talk to my neighbors. I can go to a restaurant and order food. I can go to auto service and ask questions. Learning English makes me feel better than before. I understand more when American people speak.
By learning English I have a dream. I want to open a different and interesting store. The store will be about Chinese tea: how to make and how to do, the different water and different temperatures, and different teas. [It is all] very interesting.”

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“I Hope to Complete College for Art”

August 23, 2017 at 9:24 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

As the end of August nears, schools and colleges throughout the country open their doors to a new school year. Here at LCNV, our new semester begins too! Literacy classes at LCNV help beginning-level adult learners reach their educational goals, in learning English and beyond. Many of our learners arrive with very little, if any, formal education. When they graduate from LCNV’s programs, they are lifelong learners eager to continue improving their education and opportunities. Read current LCNV learner Sayeda’s essay from 2015, in which she describes her goals for the future:

“By learning English, I hope to complete college for art or handmade like drawing or crochet and I want to get a job for government.” – Sayeda, LCNV Learner

“My Dream for My Future”

August 16, 2017 at 8:38 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

IMG_5208As we gear up for our new school year here at LCNV, it’s important to consider the many different reasons that our learners want to improve their English. So many of our learners study English to support their family, get a new job, or advance their education. One LCNV learner, Margoth, encapsulates her desires perfectly in her 2015 essay, “My Hopes and Dreams.” Read it below and consider what you can do to help more learners like Margoth make steps towards achieving their hopes and dreams!

  1. “My hope is learning English and can talk with other people, not to feel shy or embarrassed.
  2. My dream for my future is: To get my own business. I would like to get the license of the state of VA for childcare and to be a realtor.
  3. Someday I hope to: Travel to my country to see and hug my mom, my sister and my brothers.
  4. My dream is to have a better future for my son and my husband and to help my family in my country, Bolivia.” – Margoth, LCNV Learner

Happy National Book Lovers Day!

August 9, 2017 at 10:11 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Happy National Book Lovers Day! Here at LCNV, all of us care deeply about books. Our LCNV library is filled with great books for our learners, and there is nothing more exciting than seeing a learner connect with English through the power of written word.

In honor of the occasion, read LCNV learner Tyler’s essay from 2017’s Learning Gives Me Power essay book. His words illustrate the power of books, and how his life – and his community – has changed through English literacy:

“After I learned to read, I enjoyed reading library books and magazines. By reading magazines, I learned about how to fix up an old home.

Learning to read helped me to understand the community. It helped me to understand the homeless. The church asked my Sunday school class to help build some walls at the place where they were building apartments for the homeless.” – Tyler, LCNV Learner

LCNV Welcomes New Executive Director Roopal Mehta Saran

August 8, 2017 at 9:53 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Dear LCNV Community,

As you may know, Patti Donnelly, Executive Director of the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, is retiring after 15 years of leadership. Patti’s unwavering commitment and dedication to adult literacy is truly inspiring, and her positive impact on the Literacy Council cannot be overstated. During her tenure the Literacy Council has grown to serve roughly 1,500 learners yearly throughout its 400 square mile service area. Under her leadership LCNV introduced its revolutionary new program model which provides the highest quality program to best serve the needs of the beginning-level English language learner. With LCNV’s new program model in place and a wonderfully talented staff, Patti leaves the Literacy Council poised for further growth and success under its new Executive Director, Roopal Mehta Saran.

All of us on the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia’s Board of Directors are thrilled to welcome Roopal. We came to this decision after an extensive process led by the executive search firm The McCormick Group. In the end, the Board-appointed search committee unanimously chose Roopal to take the reins at LCNV. She has the intellect, creativity, and understanding of the Literacy Council’s mission to take this organization to the next level.

Roopal most recently managed public-private partnerships with KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play to the daily lives of all kids. Prior to KaBOOM!, she worked as Senior Director of Community Development at First Book, a national non-profit literacy organization. She received her BA in English and MA in Education from Stanford University, and her JD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Roopal knows that excellence and collaboration are hallmarks of successful non-profit management. This, along with her background in education and passion for literacy and service make her the perfect fit to continue guiding LCNV’s growth and advance its reputation as a national leader in beginning-level adult education.

Roopal begins as Executive Director at LCNV on August 28. On behalf of everyone at LCNV, we look forward to welcoming her to our family, and to all that we can accomplish together.

Cheers,

Anne Spear
President, Board of Directors
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia

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