Zhour’s Story

October 31, 2018 at 9:20 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Zhour’s Story

LCNV’s learners take part in beginning-level English programs throughout Northern Virginia for a variety of reasons. Some learners want to get jobs, while others want to help their children with school. Regardless of reason, all LCNV learners share one desire: to improve their lives. Read LCNV leaner Zhour’s story below.

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“Learning English has made life so much better. Before I was shy to talk. No one understood me.”

Aysha’s Story

October 24, 2018 at 7:46 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Aysha’s Story

LCNV offers a wide variety of programs created using best instructional practices for adult English language learners (ELLs). Each of these programs focuses on helping beginning-level ELLs reach their potential, and focuses on different aspects of English language. For Aysha, LCNV’s English classes gave her the speaking, writing, and reading skills that she needs to thrive. Read her story below.

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“I am attending ESL classes since September, 2017. I found these classes very useful. They help me to understand basic speaking, reading and writing. I will continue [taking] more classes in the future too.

The teachers use very effective methods to teach English to students who have no or little knowledge of English. We appreciate your support. Thanks!”

“I am Determined”

October 17, 2018 at 7:59 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “I am Determined”

LCNV learner Giovanna came to the United States from Italy with some knowledge of English, but needed help to improve her speaking and reading. As an avid reader, Giovanna wanted to read more books and eventually join a book club in the United States, but first she needed to master the English language. Giovanna started taking classes with LCNV, and through her regular attendance and dedication to studying is able to meet new people and read more using her newfound English.

You can help learners like Giovanna in their mission to learn English. Join us on October 20th for “LCNV 101” to learn more about LCNV’s programs and volunteer opportunities.

“Learning English was my first thought when I moved from Italy. I knew English a little, but I wanted to speak it better. My daughter decided to find a school for me. She said that it is important to have guidance from teachers and meet other students. She helped me overcome my initial fears. I am happy that she did.

I read English books and magazines daily because I am determined to improve my language skills. My objective is to speak and write English without making mistakes. When I started attending school, I promised myself to study every day. I was able to keep my promise.

Improving my English has helped me in many ways; I communicate more with my son-in-law and I am closer to him. I met my neighbors and some new friends. I wish to continue to improve so that I can build deeper relationships. I also want to understand the American culture better. Because I love reading, I would like to become part of a book club, and have conversations with other avid readers. Thank you from my heart, Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, for helping me improve my life.”

“I Can Solve My Problem”

October 10, 2018 at 8:06 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “I Can Solve My Problem”

English fluency can pave the way to self-sufficiency. LCNV learner Samira is keenly aware of this, writing that she needs a “great job” in order to solve her problems. As Samira’s English abilities continue to grow with LCNV’s instruction, she can succeed in the workforce, support her family, and navigate the world around her. If you would like to help learners like Samira achieve their goals, attend our LCNV 101 orientation on October 20.

“I learn English because I need a great job so I can help my husband. Yes, I am learning English because I can improve myself and understand what people are saying. I can solve my problem. Thank you my lovely teacher. I love you, Teacher.”

Literacy and Nutrition

October 3, 2018 at 8:54 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Literacy and Nutrition

Literacy is a survival skill. This is particularly apparent when considering the impact of literacy on personal health. LCNV learner Alemtschay takes care of herself and her family by cooking healthy food, something she is able to do thanks to her newfound English literacy. Alemtschay checks nutrition labels and reads about caloric content to ensure that her family always eats healthy meals. This newfound interest in food stems from Alemtschay’s LCNV English teacher and class, where she learned how to read and evaluate nutrition labels in English.

Interested in LCNV’s free Chantilly Conversation Class? Click here for more information, and read Alemtschay’s story below.

“My name is Alemtschay and when I started this class I didn’t speak English very well. I speak English with my family, friends, and neighbors. I get good training from my teacher who helps me to buy healthy food. I choose food according to how many calories it contains, how much fat, whether it is low in fat and sodium, and what the expiration date is.

I want to keep learning English as much as I can. In the future when I complete school, I want to work in a government office.

Lastly, Mr. Stan is a very good teacher and I am very proud of him because he teaches me well and helps me to improve my English. Thanks for everything you do for me.”

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