“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.”

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