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.”


AEFL Week 2018: Gip’s Story

September 26, 2018 at 8:01 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on AEFL Week 2018: Gip’s Story

This week marks Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, signifying the importance of adult education in the United States. Over 36 million adults nationwide lack basic literacy and numeracy skills, which effects their livelihoods and the lives of their family members. LCNV learner Gip has lived in the U.S. for over a year, and knows the importance of learning English for his family and his work.

You can help advocate for adult education in your own neighborhood! Remind anyone interested that the last chance to sign up for fall English classes with LCNV is this Saturday from 3:00-6:00 PM at the James Lee Community Center! Click here for more details, and read Gip’s story below.

“I have been in America for a year now. I live here with my family of four: my wife, my daughter, my son and me. Since I learned English from [my dedicated teacher,] it has helped me a lot in my life and work, and I am very thankful to the teacher. I love America.”

“I Understand Better Every Day”

September 19, 2018 at 8:34 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “I Understand Better Every Day”

One of the cornerstones of LCNV’s programs is their accessibility at different times throughout Northern Virginia. For LCNV learners like Kelly, finding classes that fit within her busy schedule helps her learn English. LCNV’s class options in the day and the night mean that all learners can find a time to learn English!

The last opportunity to sign up for fall LCNV English class is Saturday, September 29 from 3-6 PM at the James Lee Community Center. Follow this link for more information, and read Kelly’s story below.

“When I came to the USA, I didn’t understand and didn’t speak any English. I couldn’t communicate with other people. I felt very frustrated. After a few months I went to English class to improve my life. Now I can speak a little English and I can communicate with other people. I want to continue learning English to improve my life and to find a better job. I want to have more time for learning English but because of my job I sometimes can’t. But I feel good because I understand better every day.”

“My Life Will be Better”

September 12, 2018 at 9:19 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “My Life Will be Better”

LCNV learner Doan grew up in Vietnam and came to the United States in 2011 without any understanding of the English language. Doan knew that learning English was key to creating a a sense of community in his new country. He began studying with LCNV to improve his literacy. Thanks to Doan’s hard work and newfound understanding of English, he was able to attain US citizenship, and is continuing his language learning to find a better job and improve his life. If you know someone like Doan, share LCNV’s fall 2018 class schedule with them. Classes are available throughout Northern Virginia.

“I was born and grew up in Vietnam. I have lived here since December 2011. When I came to the United States I did not know English. I did not speak or understand English. Even when I went outside, I was very nervous and scared when I was face to face with Americans because I was scared that they would ask me [a question] and I [wouldn’t be able to] answer what they asked. Finally I thought that I should study English [so that] I will be able to communicate with everyone. Right now I am more confident and I know a little English.

I think that studying English has helped me. For example, I can speak and understand English much better. In September, 2016 I applied for the citizenship test, and on April 4th, 2017 I became a US citizen. I felt happy when I became a US citizen. Although I know a little English, I want to learn [to speak] English better. I think that a second language is very difficult for me. If I learn [to speak] English better, I think that I will get a better job and my life will be better.”

Erika’s Story

September 5, 2018 at 8:26 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Erika’s Story

Until she learned English, LCNV learner Erika struggled to explain her health concerns to her doctor, to assist her daughters with their homework, and to understand the world around her. All this changed after she came to LCNV. Do you know someone like Erika? If so, share LCNV’s 2018 class schedule with them. LCNV has English classes at convenient times and locations throughout Northern Virginia. Read Erika’s story, below:

“Before it was hard for me to understand and to explain to the doctor the reason for my problems. But since I started English it’s much easier for me.
I can help my daughters with their homework and understand what they say on the news.”

“I can Solve My Problems by Myself.”

August 29, 2018 at 10:14 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “I can Solve My Problems by Myself.”

Imagine being unable to talk to your neighbors, make new friends, or do certain tasks at work. For LCNV learner Cu, this was his reality before he took English classes. Cu took LCNV classes at the Woodrow Wilson Library, one of many convenient locations where LCNV offers courses throughout Northern Virginia. If you know someone like Cu, please share this schedule of class sign-up times with them. Don’t forget, you can sign up for nearly any class at any location! Read Cu’s story, below:

“I have lived in the United States for eight months since I moved here from Vietnam. Learning English is hard but I want to learn because it makes my life better. Before I started studying English in the United States, I couldn’t ask the bus driver for directions or talk to my neighbors. I couldn’t make a new friend if they didn’t speak Vietnamese. I was unable to ask how to do tasks for my jobs. But since I have learned English at Woodrow Wilson Library [LCNV] taught by Lauren and two more teachers, my English has improved a lot. Now I can ask people for help if I don’t know something and I can make more friends anywhere, anytime if they know and understand English. I’m very confident communicating with people and my neighbors. Most importantly, I can solve my problems by myself. Finally, thanks for the class.”

“I will be a Nurse”

August 22, 2018 at 8:23 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “I will be a Nurse”

A job, the ability to drive, citizenship, and higher education – all of these things became attainable for Huong when she began studying with the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia. LCNV’s upcoming semester offers new hope for any adult who wants to learn the basics of reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English. If you know someone who needs these essential skills, please share LCNV’s fall class sign-up schedule with them. Read Huong’s story below:

“I have a job and I drive my car.
I can pay my bills and buy anything.
I will be an American citizen.
I will go to Northern Virginia Community College.
I will be a nurse.”

Gaaley’s Story

August 15, 2018 at 7:51 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Gaaley’s Story

LCNV has upcoming fall classes in more than 10 locations throughout Northern Virginia, making it even easier to find an English class at a convenient place and time! LCNV learner Gaaley lives in Alexandria, and is able to take classes near her home thanks to LCNV’s large variety of locations. Read Gaaley’s story below, and view LCNV’s class sign-up schedule here.

“My name is Gaaley. I am from Somalia. I want to learn English because I want to talk to people in the community. I live in Alexandria, Virginia. I use English at the grocery store and to speak to my friends. I am a citizen and I have four children.”

English at Work

August 8, 2018 at 8:39 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on English at Work

Many of LCNV’s learners attend classes to help them interact with customers at work. LCNV learner Fikertemariam describes the importance of English in the workplace in her essay below. If you need to learn English for your job or any other reason, consider taking fall classes with the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia. Visit or call 703-237-0866 for more information. Sign-up opportunities begin this month.

“Learning English improves my life because I am able to help customers that come to my church store. I am able to tell them about the church clothes, Bibles, books and jewelry. I am also able to tell them how much something costs and give them their change. Learning English also changed my life because I am able to go to the store and buy food, clothes and things that I need.”

“English Unites Us”

August 1, 2018 at 7:45 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “English Unites Us”

LCNV’s fall classes are coming soon! We will be hosting sign-up events in many different locations throughout Northern Virginia at a variety of convenient times. Share this schedule with anyone who needs to learn English, and inform them that they can sign up for nearly any class at any location.

This week’s essay comes from LCNV learner Elena, who reminds us that “English unites us”. Read her story, below:

“I think that learning English makes my life more interesting, and it helps me to find new friends from various countries. We can communicate because we have learned English. English unites us. Now I can read English children’s books with my grandson.
Learning English is really interesting.”

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