“This is my hope”

December 12, 2018 at 11:12 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Each year, LCNV serves nearly 1,500 beginning-level English language learners, and helps them achieve their learning goals. In the essay below, LCNV learner Nazifa reflects on all the ways that English helps her at work, in the home, and while travelling.

Do you need English classes? Class sign-ups begin in January, click here to view the schedule or call 703-237-0866 for more information.  If you would like to help make these English classes possible for 1,500 learners throughout Northern Virginia, please visit lcnv.org/donate. Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, all increases from your last gift and first time donations will be matched up to $2,000. Thank you!

“I like to speak English for my job and for a better life. I can help my children because English is our second language. I can travel to different countries and talk with people. This is my hope. Thank you.”

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“If I need a job, I need to know English.”

December 5, 2018 at 8:00 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

In the midst of the holiday season, each of us begins to consider what we’d like to do in the next year. For some, travelling is on the agenda, while for others, getting healthy or advancing in a career is important. Regardless of your plans for 2019, knowing English makes these goals far easier to attain. LCNV learner Berthe writes in her essay, “If I need a job, I need to know English”. She also discusses the importance of knowing English in other aspects of her life.

If you would like to help English language learners start 2019 on the right foot, consider donating to LCNV at lcnv.org/donate. Your donation is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law, and thanks to a generous anonymous donor, all increases from your last gift and first time donations will be matched up to $2,000!

“Learning English is making me interact with American people. Shopping is easier. If I am sick, I go to the hospital and I need English to explain my problem. When I go to a restaurant, I can read the menu. If I want to go to another state on vacation, I need to use a map to teach me the place [that] we go. Sometimes I need to change money at the bank. If I need a job, I need to know English.”

Mai’s Story

November 28, 2018 at 9:09 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The holiday season is in full swing, which means busy stores and crowded public places. For beginning-level English language learners without a mastery of English, an inability to speak or read fluently can make communication even harder during an already stressful time of year. Luckily, LCNV provides classes for English language learners to help improve their English skills. Read Mai’s story below.

If you would like to give the gift of literacy this holiday season, please consider supporting LCNV at lcnv.org/donate. Thank you.

“I am going to English class to [learn to] speak fluently. My English is not very good so I am afraid to talk [in case] someone will not understand [me].
I can now speak better English, and [want to] thank my teachers Corrie, Sue, and Oscar. I learned a lot in class.”

Alla’s Thanksgiving Story

November 21, 2018 at 8:15 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Alla’s Thanksgiving Story

In preparation for Thanksgiving and the holiday season, read LCNV learner Alla’s essay, using English that she learned in LCNV classes to describe her favorite Thanksgiving traditions. If you are thankful for accessible adult English literacy classes, please consider donating to support LCNV’s classes throughout a 400 square mile radius in Northern Virginia at lcnv.org/donate. Thanks to a generous challenge grant funder, any increased amount from your last gift and all first time donations will be matched up to $2,000.

“In every country, people have their holidays. Every one is different and is connected to their history, religion, and culture. In the United States I met a remarkable holiday—Thanksgiving. I love this holiday with its focus on national history, the family, and yourself. The basis of Thanksgiving is the ability to thank and feel the need to thank and that is valuable for the soul. On this day people hurry to their family and say thanks. Already we have celebrated three Thanksgivings with our family.”

Muzlefa’s Story

November 14, 2018 at 7:45 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Muzlefa’s Story

LCNV learner Muzlefa found her first experiences in the United States difficult due to her lack of English. She was unable to excel in her US Citizenship class without English, and wasn’t able to communicate with her doctor. This all began to change, however, when Muzlefa joined LCNV’s classes. Read her story below to find out how English changed Muzlefa’s life.

Consider starting this season of giving by supporting accessible English classes throughout Northern Virginia. You can make a difference! Visit www.lcnv.org/donate for more information.

“English helps make my life better when I go to the doctor. When I first came to the USA my life was difficult because I did not speak English. [LCNV is] helping me to improve my English with speaking and writing, which will help me to pass my US Citizenship class.”

Orfan’s Story

November 7, 2018 at 7:29 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Orfan’s Story

Today, LCNV partners with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to present a Naturalization Ceremony at the James Lee Community Center in Falls Church, VA. As we reflect upon the joy and triumph of these new citizens, it is important to recognize how learning English has helped them to become a part of their new home. In his essay, LCNV learner Orfan states “I live in the USA so I must learn English language to speak with American people.” Read Orfan’s essay below.

Please join us at today’s USCIS Naturalization Ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of these new citizens. Find more details here.

“I live in the USA so I must learn English language to speak with American people and recognize everything around me like shopping centers, banks, traffic signs, restaurants and government buildings. Also, I need to learn English to get a better job and to communicate with new people. My children’s problems in school need me to speak English with their teachers. So learning English in the USA gives me a new wide field of life and makes it easier to meet all my life needs.”

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.”

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