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Fall 2016 Classes: It’s Back to School for adults, too!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Registrations for fall classes at the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia begin on September 13, 2016. Classes are held at various sites across Northern Virginia.

Fairfax, VA, September 1, 2016The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia (LCNV) is excited to welcome returning and new adult learners back to school. LCNV has more than 50 years of experience teaching basic skills of reading, writing, speaking and understanding English. Serving nearly 1,500 beginning-level English language and literacy adult learners annually, LCNV's comprehensive programs provide general English language instruction, targeted literacy skill development, and language for career–specific pathways through classroom, small group and supplemental tutorial instruction.

Patricia Donnelly, Executive Director, LCNV, says, “When we think of Back to School we think about children, but teachers are only part of the child’s education.  Parents are the first and most important teachers for their children and their engagement in their child’s school is one of the greatest predictor of their child’s success.”

More than 90% of LCNV learners are foreign born and more than half of them live below the federal poverty line. LCNV empowers adult learners to make improvements in their lives and the lives of their families in a significant way. “Gaining literacy and language skills provides opportunities for job obtainment or job advancement, both of which lead the family to greater financial stability. As their language skills improve, so does an adult’s confidence to engage in the community and participate in neighborhood activities or at their child’s school,” says Patricia.

Before enrolling for English classes, Gloria Castellanos, LCNV Adult Learner, communicated only in Spanish. Her community was small, limited only to people who spoke Spanish. Gloria says she moved away from any English conversation because she was "nervous and ashamed" of not being able to understand or be understood. At that time, she didn't feel the need to learn English. That changed when she started working.

"When I started to learn English, my world became bigger, because I could interact with many people from all over the world. I could read more easily about many topics and I lost the nervousness to be near people that speak English," says Gloria.

Learning English has been a long journey for Gloria, but with perseverance and dedication, she has come a long way. Gloria says, “I am more confident than ever that the decision to learn English was a great decision, and I give this advice to adults that, if you want to grow your community or if you want to extend your world, you need to speak English very well."

Registration for the fall 2016 semester will begin on Tuesday, September 13, and continue through Thursday, September 22. See registration dates and times for the fall classes. This fall, we are offering the following programs:   

  • Beginning Level English Language and Literacy
  • Skills-Based: Writing
  • Family Learning program for parents and their children
  • FREE Skills-Based: Conversation practice

The Beginning Level English Language classes begin on Monday, September 26, and run weekly with classes in the morning, afternoon, and evening.  The Skills-Based Writing class and the Family Learning Program for parents and their children begin on Monday, September 26, and run weekly with classes in the morning. Free Skills-based Conversation classes are offered in the evenings, beginning Monday, September 26, and during the day starting on Wednesday, September 28.

Classes are available across Northern Virginia, in Alexandria, Annandale, Falls Church, Herndon, Lorton, and Springfield. Download the full class schedule.

The mission of the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia is to teach adults the basic skills of reading, writing, speaking and understanding English in order to empower them to participate more fully and confidently in their communities.

Download the PDF file of this Press Release: Fall 2016 Classes: It’s Back to School for adults, too!

Mearl Colaco