“I Love My Life”

June 27, 2018 at 8:46 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “I Love My Life”

On June 21, 2018, students, staff, supporters, and volunteers came together for LCNV’s 2018 Annual Recognition Ceremony. During this ceremony, three LCNV students were invited to read their essays based around the theme of “Learning English Improves My Life”. One of these speakers was LCNV learner Heba, whose dedication to learning and infectious positivity set the tone for the entire celebration. Read her essay below:

“My name is Heba. I am from Jordan. My mother language is Arabic and my religion is Islam. I came to Virginia with my beautiful family ten years ago. I am the mother of three kids. I have one daughter named Hejan and two sons named Elaf and Ahmad. When I came to Virginia, I faced many struggles, such as speaking the English language. I was very shy and less confident in myself because I didn’t know how to speak English. When I was going to meet my kids’ counselors or their teachers or their doctor, I didn’t know how to speak English. When I went to shop, I didn’t know how to speak English to ask about prices or to speak with a cashier. When I watched the news, I had a hard time understanding what’s going on around me. When I rode the Metro bus, I didn’t know how to communicate with the driver. I registered in many branches of churches, NOVA in Alexandria and James Lee Center [LCNV] in Falls Church to learn the English language.

First of all, learning English improved my life skills in speaking, reading and writing. After that, I increased the confidence in myself by doing those things. In 2011 I got a driver’s license. I became an American citizen five years ago. Next, learning English improved my knowledge and thoughts on how to understand other cultures and religions in my community. I have new friends from other countries and share my experiences with friends to get new positive knowledge from the people who live around me in my community. I tried food from different countries and shared food from my country. Also, learning English improved my life experience on how to help people to find a job and to encourage the people to register for English language class at their kid’s school or other centers as James Lee Center to improve their English. Then to help them understand the manual of the driver’s license by studying and to take them to the DMV or to help them become American citizens. In addition, learning English improved my life skills like how to practice my American rights by the law. I answer other people’s questions when they ask me what Islam means such as why do I have to cover my head with a beautiful scarf and wear a nice long dress. I can answer other questions about my religion.

In conclusion, I got a lot of experience from my new life in Virginia like: how to open a bank account and deposit my money, pay my bills by smartphone, apply for a job, buy things I need online, and search for a new apartment when I need to move. I learned many things that can build my skills, thoughts, experiences, relationships, and knowledge. I can be a strong lady before the struggles. Actually, learning English was a really big challenge, but I succeeded. I love my life.”

“The Best Decision I Have Made is Learning English.”

June 20, 2018 at 8:00 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “The Best Decision I Have Made is Learning English.”

Are you inspired by the dedication of LCNV’s learners? You’re invited to celebrate with learners, volunteers, and partners at LCNV’s Annual Recognition Ceremony on June 21 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the James Lee Community Center Theater. Click here for more information. Can’t wait to hear LCNV’s learners tell their stories? Read Gema’s essay below:

“My name is Gema and I’m from Spain. I have been here for 2 years.

I started learning English about 2 years ago, because it was very necessary for living in this country. I had the opportunity to learn another language.

At first I needed my husband’s help for everything. When I had to go to the doctor I was going with fear because I don’t speak and understand well.

I started to study English and it was hard for me but I had to do it.

Now learning English makes me feel more confident, self sufficient,and happy. I can talk and understand enough when English-speakers talk to me. I can read my sons teacher’s note. I can communicate with my schoolmates, carry a conversation, and share opinions with other people.

Step by step I have improved my English, however I know that I have to improve more.

I think that the best decision I have made is learning English.

I’m very proud of myself.”

“My Goal was to Live Better”

June 13, 2018 at 7:58 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “My Goal was to Live Better”

LCNV’s Annual Recognition Ceremony is only eight days away, and you’re invited! Join us at the James Lee Community Center Theater on June 21 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM to celebrate the impact of literacy in the community. LCNV’s learners, volunteers, instructors, and partners will be honored during this ceremony. For more information, click here.

“My goal was to live better,” writes LCNV learner Juana in her essay on why she decided to learn English. You can hear about all the ways LCNV learners are living better with English on June 21! Read Juana’s essay below:

“Hello my name is Juana. I am 58 years old. I am from Guatemala. I came to the U.S. to work for my family. One challenge I faced was finding a job. I did not know English. My sister lived in the U.S. My goal was to live better. English is hard to speak. I go to school [at LCNV] to learn English. Speaking a little English makes my days easier. [I will be] able to achieve my goals.”

“It was a Great Decision”

June 6, 2018 at 8:00 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “It was a Great Decision”

On June 21, 2018, the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia will host its Annual Recognition Ceremony, an opportunity to recognize the students, instructors, volunteers, and partners who make up our LCNV community. You are invited to join us for this celebration of adult literacy! RSVP by contacting 703-237-0866 or info@lcnv.org. For more information, click here.

During the Annual Recognition Ceremony, three LCNV learners will read their essays based around the theme of “Learning English Improves My Life”. Below, find previous reader Isaias Coc Sian’s inspiring essay:

“When I speak English I have more opportunities. I can speak with American people. Sometimes I need to know the price of products. I can ask many things.

English is very important for my life because I want many doors to open in my life.

When I started to learn English my world became bigger. It was a great decision. I can interact with people from all over the world.

English is the key that will unlock the door to my new life.

Studying English is the best way to learn more about my new life in the U.S. and even the world.”

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