“I am Very Happy to Live Here”

February 28, 2018 at 8:45 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “I am Very Happy to Live Here”

What does it mean to LCNV learners to be an American? For LCNV learner Sharmin, independence, freedom, and equal rights define the American experience. Sharmin emigrated to the United States from Bangladesh, and found all of these values and more in her new home. The many things Sharmin has learned to love in America all play an important role in LCNV’s curriculum, which incorporates American culture and civics with English language instruction for the very beginning-level adult learners.

“My name is Sharmin. I am from Bangladesh. I came to United States 2 years ago. I think America is a very beautiful country. When I came here, I did not know many of the things about the USA. But now I know many things about USA. The traffic of the country is very good. I like it.

The country has many historical places. I like the beaches. I like the countries with all the mules. I think America is a very developed country because of these disciplines. The people of this country maintain their disciplines very strictly.

I think America has taught the people how to become independent. In this country, people have their own freedom. I like the symbol of independence, “Statue of Liberty”. In America, all of the people have equal rights, and I like it very much.

In conclusion, I love my country. But I like America too. I am very happy to live here. One of the main reason I like this country very much because I found my life partner after coming here. We live together happily at last. America is the land of the freedom and love the justice system.”

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“I Wanted to Get a Job”

February 21, 2018 at 8:42 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “I Wanted to Get a Job”

The hours learners spend studying within LCNV’s walls are often motivated by desires beyond simply attaining English skills. In her 2016 essay, LCNV learner Phuong discusses learning English as a way to advance her career. She explains that when she first came to Northern Virginia, she wanted to study hair styling, but didn’t yet have the language to do so. For Phuong, learning English is a means to reaching her goal. If you would like to ensure that beginning-level English classes remain accessible to students throughout Northern Virginia, please donate here.

“When I first came here, I didn’t talk in sentences. I wanted to listen and talk with people. I wanted to get a job. I wanted to study hair styling.

When I learn English, I improve my listening and speaking because before, I could not understand English to communicate with people. I like to speak and understand English. I am taking a class. I am studying to cut hair for a job.”

“I Can Read Presidential History Books”

February 14, 2018 at 9:22 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “I Can Read Presidential History Books”

In anticipation of President’s Day, this week we revisit Alejandrina’s essay from 2014. Alejandrina takes us along her English language learning journey to her newfound connection to history and civic engagement. LCNV’s curriculum contains elements of American customs, holidays, and cultures, all of which can pique the interest of learners and inspire them to explore further. Alejandrina is a perfect example of a learner who has been empowered with English literacy to engage with American history and current affairs!

“My best experiences in America are developing my English skills for a better job and progressing.

English is most important to me as a second language for a successful life now and the future. English is not easy to learn fast, because the pronunciation, reading and writing are difficult.

The first time I took an English class in Northern Virginia community college, the teacher gave us a grammar book, and then she started reading the book. I didn’t understand anything at all. At that moment, I think I was in the moon. I felt so bad. I was in the wrong room. That class was higher level.

I took a basic English class in Thomas Jefferson school in Arlington, where I studied very hard and I learned a lot. I couldn’t continue because I moved to Falls Church.

I found the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, where I took English class many times and I have improved tremendously. Before, I couldn’t read. Now I can read books like presidential history books: Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, newspapers, and children’s books. Before, I couldn’t write, but now I can write complaint letters. I love to write letters to the President, Senators, Congress.

Before, I couldn’t speak. Now I can communicate with people.”

“There Are Many Opportunities”

February 7, 2018 at 9:40 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “There Are Many Opportunities”

LCNV’s spring classes are off to a great start, with many new and returning learners joining us to improve their English. Every learner has their own story of why they came to the United States and why they are studying English. Each story is unique and rich in its own way. Maria’s 2014 essay alludes to some of the difficulties new, non-English speaking immigrants face in the United States. However, Maria’s story also points to the possibilities that arise through studying English. All of us at LCNV are proud to become a part of these learners’ stories. You too can become a part of their story when you donate or volunteer with LCNV!

“I am from Mexico. In my country, I worked at my brother’s store and helped at the cash register. I really enjoyed going to the church and also going to the parties. I used go to the town to buy clothes and everything else I needed. My experience in America is difficult because my family lives in another country and I speak very little English. It is very different around here.

But now I have friends in this country and America is a beautiful country. I think there are many opportunities to progress here. I can drive a car and I can study English.”

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