With English Skills, Tina Confidently Integrate into a New Life

February 26, 2020 at 9:30 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on With English Skills, Tina Confidently Integrate into a New Life

 

lcnvAccording to Fairfax County 2019 Health and Human Services Needs Assessment, 6.6% of the total population in Fairfax speaks English less than well, which is 2.1% higher than the average in the United States (4.5%), and almost triples the average in Virginia (2.6%). As Tina realizes that English is very important in everyday life, she is eager to improve herself to learn English with LCNV:

“Many people from different countries in the world live in America. English is the second language.

My own ability to read, speak, listen, and write English is very important in everyday life. I learned English at LCNV with the help of teachers. Now I can read, write, speak and listen. Although I am not proficient, it helps me to confidently integrate into a new life.

Thank you so much for everyone at James Lee Community Center helping me to study English.”

At LCNV, we believe that English is a survival skill. If you or someone you know need to improve their English skills, be a part of LCNV’s community and benefit from learning English with us. If you believe in our cause and would like to help, support us by volunteering with us or making a donation today.

Find Advantages of Learning English

February 19, 2020 at 9:30 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Find Advantages of Learning English

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Learning English brings changes to Ana’s life. By learning English, she can share her culture and give her opinion. Moreover, learning English at LCNV improved her speaking ability, enabling her to make important decisions, and communicate with others. She is not worried about going to get groceries because she can communicate verbally with others.  Being a student at LCNV allowed her to make new friends and be involved in conversations.

“By learning English, I can state my opinions, share my traditions, make important decisions, and communicate with others. I can pay my bills. I became a citizen. I can participate in voting. Since I began English class, I’ve made new friends. I can be involved in conversations. When I came to the U.S., no one could understand me. Today, I speak a little. I am learning to write and read.”

Be a part of LCNV and benefit from learning English with us.  If you believe in our cause, support us by volunteering with us or making a donation today.

My Strong Passion is to Learn English and Have Conversation with Others

February 12, 2020 at 9:30 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on My Strong Passion is to Learn English and Have Conversation with Others

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Having conversations with others makes Concepión more passionate about learning English. She likes going to school and being able to communicate with people.  Additionally, her daughter who is bilingual motivates her to improve her English abilities.

“I like to go to school to learn English to be able to communicate with others, with people in my community, to have conversation with others, and with my daughter who is bilingual. Sometimes, I want to have a conversation, but I know there are a lot of things that I can barely understand… But I like it.

Embarking my study at LCNV makes me more confident to speak English and have conversation with people.”

LCNV provides opportunities to learn English and improve communication skills.  If you believe in our cause, support us by volunteering with us or making a donation today.

“Have you ever dreamed of getting an experience in teaching English in the USA?” – Agus’ Experience Volunteering with LCNV

February 5, 2020 at 9:30 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “Have you ever dreamed of getting an experience in teaching English in the USA?” – Agus’ Experience Volunteering with LCNV

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Do you remember Agus, the literacy activist from Indonesia? Since meeting him last September, he has been volunteering with us as one of several class aides in a Beginning English class! “Many of our students face tremendous obstacles in their quest to learn English. Having someone like Agus with them in the classroom serves as a powerful motivator because he understands those challenges first hand and models the importance of perseverance against all odds,” says Dr. Carole Bausell, Director of Academic and Student Affairs.  Below is an article Agus wrote about his volunteer experience: 

Have you ever dreamed of getting an experience in teaching English in the USA? As an International Student who got an opportunity to study through Community College Initiative Program (CCIP) scholarship, being a part of this experience is a privilege. Since I got involved as a class aide in the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia (LCNV), I have been getting many experiences.

First, being a class aide allows me to meet highly qualified instructors. It has shown me with experience how to be a good tutor. Back in Indonesia, running a project that focuses on literacy (that aims to help and teach kids) allows me to learn more about how to be a good instructor and teacher. Being a part of LCNV brought me to a place where I can find so much knowledge and skills. Regarding of knowledge, assisting students at LCNV has given me such an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It has improved my pronunciation and vocabulary. In the classroom, students learn the pronunciation by repeating every word after the instructor. Thus, I can also learn it directly from the instructor. Becoming a class aide not only gives me a chance to help the students but it also helps me to improve my English abilities.

The second interesting experience being the class aide in the LCNV is my interaction with new people from other countries. There are ten students in the classroom. They are from Bolivia, Columbia, China, Vietnam, and Ethiopia. Being surrounded by them makes me realize that they have very strong passion in studying English.

Thirdly, seeing the LCNV staffs also makes me feel that the LCNV is not only a place to volunteer but also home where you find kindness and happiness. Once I am there, I find abundance of knowledge inside. Becoming the part of the LCNV is a privilege that I have never imagined before.

Finally, getting involved with LCNV is beyond expectation during my study in the USA. I don’t have enough words to convey how lucky I am as a part of this non-profit that engages people to improve English abilities and be more confident in themselves. Regardless what country you are from and which language you speak, LCNV is a place of inclusiveness and improvements.

In conclusion, LCNV is not only the non-profit that focuses on building the language skill but also improves people to get ready in the community, field of work, and take other great opportunities ahead. As a volunteer, I am glad to be a part of LCNV last fall semester. Therefore, I can’t wait to see other passionate students in the next spring semester!

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