Things Are Getting Better

January 24, 2013 at 12:30 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Things Are Getting Better
Tags: , , , ,

Much of what we focus on in the classroom is helping our learners improve their English language life skills or survival skills – scheduling a doctor’s appointment, reading a bus schedule, filling out a form. For the father who relies on his child to read the medicine label and for the adult who cares for her elderly parent, it is independence and resourcefulness that they gain from such an emphasis on relevant and meaningful life skills-based instruction. It’s part of the Literacy Council’s mission to foster more fully participating members of the community.

In addition to being a tool for meeting everyday needs, the English language is also a vehicle for our learners to share their stories, their thoughts and feelings. Cultural exchange aside, what is it they would like to say? So, for a final assignment, I asked learners to write a letter on any topic and mail it to me at the Literacy Council office. Huong Ngo, a learner in one of my classes last fall, shared the following song with me.

Things Are Getting Better

Things are getting better, much better.

Things are getting better every day.

I’m glad.

The homework is getting easier, much easier.

The homework is getting easier every day.

That’s good.

Your English is improving.

Your writing is getting stronger.

Your grammar is getting better every day.

Hooray!

Your accent is getting better, much better.

Your accent is getting better every day.

Hooray!

Looking ahead to the start of a new term this month, I resolve to do my part as an AmeriCorps member, as an ESOL Learning Centers instructor to make sure things get better, to make sure things get easier for our learners here at LCNV.

If you know someone who could benefit from our English classes, please tell them about our upcoming registrations on January 29 and 30 (6:00 – 8:00 pm in Alexandria), January 31 (9:30 – 11:30 am in Herndon) or February 2 (3:00 – 6:00 pm in Falls Church). We are also in need of volunteer teachers and class aides. Please contact 703-237-0866 x 111 or volunteers@lcnv.org for more information, or to register for a volunteer training on Saturday, January 26.

Xavier Muñoz, AmeriCorps Instructor
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, VA 22042
www.lcnv.org

Volunteer at Footprints for Hope

May 11, 2012 at 2:22 PM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | Comments Off on Volunteer at Footprints for Hope
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Grab a friend and volunteer with the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia at the Footprints for Hope 5K Run and 3 Mile/1 Mile Walk.  

Footprints for Hope is an opportunity to have fun while helping our neighbors in need.  Volunteer, run or walk, or donate to LCNV on Saturday, May 19, 2012. Footprints for Hope will be held at Connections for Hope, a partnership of nonprofit organizations and service providers. Registration begins at 8 AM.

As one of the six beneficiary charities, the Literacy Council needs the support of volunteers. Examples of tasks you might be doing include registering walkers, setting up the course, distributing water, cleaning up the course and helping with entertainment and hospitality. Sign up for a shift today!

Unable to volunteer? Run or Walk at Footprints for Hope. With your registration form, pick the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia so that your registration counts towards our team.  Click here to register: http://www.active.com/donate/footprintsforhope.

Not in town or have other plans? Support the Literacy Council by donating to our Walk for Hope team: http://www.active.com/donate/footprintsforhope/lcnv. Help us provide adult learners with one-on-one tutoring and English language instruction right in their own neighborhood.

Support literacy on May 19th, and leave your footprint.

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 237-0866
www.lcnv.org

Support LCNV at Footprints for Hope

May 4, 2012 at 2:25 PM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | Comments Off on Support LCNV at Footprints for Hope
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

What if a footprint could make an impact on someone’s life?

Join us for Footprints for Hope and you CAN set someone on the path to empowerment!

Connections for Hope is a partnership of nonprofit organizations and other service providers that operate under one roof in Herndon to provide individuals and families in need with access to an integrated array of services. From medical care to job skills training, homework assistance to legal counseling, English classes to homelessness prevention, these and other services at Connections for Hope foster the self-sufficiency, good health and education that people of all ages and cultures need so that they can participate constructively in their communities.

Your gift toward our Walk for Hope team will help LCNV provide adult learners with the English language and literacy instruction that they desperately need, right in their own neighborhood.

Support LCNV on May 19th and leave your footprint.

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 237-0866
www.lcnv.org

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.
Entries and comments feeds.