“I Need to Continue Studying English”

July 11, 2018 at 9:51 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “I Need to Continue Studying English”

Oftentimes, it is easy to forget the ways in which English plays a role in small but significant parts of our lives. LCNV learner Hugo lists many of the significant changes that learning English has made in his life (the ability to make new friends and go to the doctor) but also mentions small tasks that he was previously unable to do. From reading recipes to watching movies, English has empowered Hugo to take part in the day to day activities which encourage a better life.

“I think that English is very important because wherever you go, you need to communicate. And if you speak English, you get a better job. Also, you need English to visit the doctor and read the recipes.

English allows me to read books, write, listen to music, watch movies and news, and be able to use a computer to open a bank account. English helps me meet new people and make new friends. That’s why I need to continue studying English to learn more.”


“My Experience in United States of America “

July 4, 2018 at 9:36 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “My Experience in United States of America “

Happy July 4th! As part of the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia’s curriculum, LCNV learners receive classroom instruction about the history of the United States of America. In her essay, LCNV learner Patricia reflects on America’s education system, holidays and festivities, and citizens. Celebrate Independence Day with Patricia’s words, below:

“I had visited the United States on two occasions as a tourist, years after my husband agree to make a living in this country, when we took this step, we were informed what our rights and obligations would be, which we are trying to accomplish each and every day.

America has many things that I like, such as:

Education. The education and different programs are offered to young students so they can be productive young people, free school transportation, sports. And the easy use of technology where we get to know the grades of students, the counseling students get to know classes to take. Also can help them have a better chance of getting a good college and the young who are not sure what to study.

The holidays, knowing the different days of festivities celebrating this country, which allows us to celebrate with family and adopt new traditions, because I enjoy the easy off on holidays. Different visited parks, monuments with the family and my favorite holidays are July 4th, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

People. I have had the opportunity to work with very special people in this country who have made me feel part of their family. I thank God for giving me this opportunity to live in this country.”

“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.”

Hong’s Story

May 30, 2018 at 11:53 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Hong’s Story

This week is the last chance to sign up for LCNV’s summer English classes. Do you know someone who needs to learn English? Do you struggle with speaking, reading, writing, and understanding English? Click here for sign-up opportunities.

Today, we celebrate Hong’s story, in which she describes her decision to learn English:

“Four years ago I came to the USA. I had a lot of things that kept me preoccupied. I couldn’t drive, I had no job, no English and I couldn’t even go out alone because I was scared. So, I knew I had to learn English. However, the English language is very, very hard for me, an older woman and [I am] busy.

I tried hard to study English. Now my English is so so. I can hear and talk a little bit, but I’m really happy because I now understand what people say.

I am thankful for English teachers because they teach me a lot of things and this helps me to have a better life.

I hope in the near future I can have confidence to do anything, when before I couldn’t.


Celebrate Learners like Martha

May 23, 2018 at 8:12 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Celebrate Learners like Martha

Save the date for June 21st, 2018! Join the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia for our 56th Annual Recognition Ceremony, an evening celebrating the incredible work of LCNV’s students, community partners, volunteers, and instructors. Students will read essays based around this year’s theme of “Learning English Improves My Life”. Special guest Aimee Cho, Reporter for NBC News4 Washington, will deliver keynote remarks. A dessert reception will follow the event. This ceremony will occur at the James Lee Community Center Theater from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

The Annual Recognition Ceremony is a chance to celebrate LCNV learners like Martha, whose essay discusses her reasons for learning English. Read Martha’s essay below:

“I can read books to my children. I also have been able to understand my children better and I can watch movies in English. For these reasons I like to learn English because I can talk with my children in English. When I go to the store I can understand better. I want to learn more English because it is very important for me to learn and understand the language.”

“I’m Devoting Myself to Learning English”

May 16, 2018 at 8:05 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “I’m Devoting Myself to Learning English”

LCNV learner Mazonina can attest to the fact that it’s never too late to start learning English. Mazonina arrived in the United States 10 years ago with the dream of giving her daughters more opportunities. Now that Mazonina’s daughters have established themselves, she is able to devote time to her own education. As an LCNV student, Mazonina can ensure that she will have the language needed to take care of herself. LCNV’s classes are open to all beginning-level adults who need to learn the basics of reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English.

If you or someone you know needs English classes, visit LCNV’s website or call 703-287-0866 for more information. Summer 2018 class sign-ups are happening now.

“My name is Mazonina. I’m Brazilian. I have two daughters. I have a girl and a boy who are my grandchildren. I’ve been in the United States for 10 years. I came to this country [so] my daughters [can] study and have an opportunity for a better future. I’m studying English. [It is] difficult [to] speak English.

I moved to this country with two underage daughters and with much hope. Only one daughter spoke a little English. I worked hard to give my daughters a better life. Today the two are married and speak English very well. One is trained in administration and the other is two years away from the university. Now I’m devoting myself to learning English and taking better care of myself.

Thank God that I have achieved my goal [for] my daughters.”

“Learning Changes My Life”

May 9, 2018 at 8:18 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “Learning Changes My Life”

LCNV’s classes are the beginning of an education continuum in Northern Virginia; a first step towards a path of self-sufficiency and independence in the United States. LCNV learner Rachida knows this well, as an English language learner with dreams of eventually becoming a dentist. In her essay, Rachida writes about the newfound abilities that she has gained with English, from writing emails to going to the doctor alone. It is also clear that Rachida has gained confidence in the possibility of finding a better job. Learning English is hard work, but with a commitment to lifelong learning, Rachida will eventually reach her goals.

Do you know someone who needs to learn English? LCNV’s summer class registration is now open. Visit lcnv.org/students/class-schedule for registration times and locations, or call 703-237-0866 for more information.

“It is important to take English classes because of many reasons. First of all, it helps me improve myself so I can make contact easily with people in this country without feeling shy. Second, I will have a lot of chances to get a lot of better jobs. For example, I would like to be a dentist, but I want to start as a dental assistant as a beginning. Third, I can live my life usefully without any problems. [I can] go to the doctor alone without any help, write emails and make appointments and make successful interviews. Finally, learning English is really changing my life to the best because of all these benefits.

In conclusion, we should always learn something in our lives for our improvement like learning English. So any person has to search, learn and not give up.”

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