“I Feel Better”

January 31, 2018 at 8:38 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “I Feel Better”

El Mehdi’s 2015 essay reminds us of the many common issues our learners share. This piece in particular emphasizes the vital, sometimes lifesaving significance of knowing English. Health literacy is an important part of managing illnesses and staying healthy, something that El Mehdi knows well. At the end of his essay, El Mehdi mentions his heart condition that requires him to avoid salt. With English, he can clearly communicate this in restaurants, keeping him safe.

“I can talk to my customers. My supervisor used to criticize me because I didn’t speak good English. I wanted to do better. Now, I can talk to my neighbors. I can talk to the nurse in the Doctor’s office. I can explain my situation at work. I feel better. I can go to restaurant and order my food–I have a heart condition, and I need to eat food with no salt.”

“I Would Like to Thank My Teachers”

January 24, 2018 at 8:05 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “I Would Like to Thank My Teachers”

About a quarter of LCNV’s learners have had 12 or more years of education prior to enrolling in our programs. These highly educated learners who received all of their schooling in a language other in English face a language barrier that holds them back from contributing to the community and the workforce at their skill level. LCNV learner Wajai studied at a university in Afghanistan. Her move to the United States meant that she had to relearn how to communicate. Wajai describes the value of a shift from Dari to English for everyday communication in her essay below. The immense talent of new immigrants can be unlocked with English.

Does someone you know need English to get ahead? LCNV’s FINAL sign-up opportunity for spring classes is on February 3. Call 703-237-0866 for more information.

“My mother tongue is Dari and I finished school and university in Dari language – back in Afghanistan.

When I moved to America to start living here I encountered problems and changes as a result of not knowing English. I decided that learning English is important so [that] in the future I can help my children, find a good job, and serve my family and community. I would like to thank my teachers for their support.”

“Learning English”

January 17, 2018 at 9:28 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “Learning English”

LCNV learner Luc has been a part of our community for 3 semesters, initially studying in a Beginning-level English Class, then moving onto LCNV’s Skills-based Writing Class. Luc’s growing mastery of English is apparent in his 2017 essay, in which he makes the case for the importance of learning English. Luc’s progress is one example of the advancement our learners can make with the right balance of motivation and a strong academic program. If someone you know wants to make progress in learning English, visit www.lcnv.org for class sign-up times and more information.

“Learning English is very useful for everyone living in America. First, because it is a determining factor of social and professional integration. So our daily activities like get a taxi, drive a car, go shopping, or make an appointment demand the English knowledge. Then, thanks to the English language, people can get a good job and be able to safeguard it. Finally, English can help people to communicate and use the computer better. In conclusion, everyone should learn English.”

English Around the World

January 10, 2018 at 8:00 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on English Around the World

Many of LCNV’s learners take classes to learn, understand and thrive in their new home in the United States. For LCNV learner Jose, English was a means to understand his temporary residence. Jose came to the United States for one year in 2015 for his child’s education, after which he returned to Spain. With his newfound knowledge of English and the experience he had at LCNV, Jose and his family found a wonderful community in the United States. Thanks to LCNV, Jose can now converse in English throughout the world!

“I and my family have come to America so our child could study during a school year in this country. During this time, we are also studying English and meeting new people.

We have been very lucky because all the people we know are helping us a lot and very kindly help make easy what we find difficult.

For this reason, now that the time is coming for us to go back to Spain, a feeling of homesickness is starting to emerge for the U.S. and for the people we have met here.”

Hope in the New Year

January 3, 2018 at 8:00 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Hope in the New Year

With the start of the New Year and the beginning of spring class registration today, possibility fills the air at the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia. Every LCNV learner who arrives to sign up for classes brings with them different dreams and aspirations. LCNV learner Hau wrote this 2015 essay sharing his desires for the future. He closes the essay writing that he is “dreaming about a full-time job”. Hau has since become employed full-time, and is continuing to work towards achieving his other dreams!

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“I hope to get a better job when I have contact with everybody, I hope they understand me. My dream for my future is to retire. I will go to travel once a year to my favorite places. Someday I hope to make a lot of money. I will buy a new house. Since coming to this country I have been dreaming about a full-time job.”

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