Varman’s Story

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It is never easy to move to a new country and start a new life in a language you don’t know. When Varman made the decision to leave everything behind and settle down in the US, she has gone through a lot of hardships. In simple English, Varman expresses her thankfulness towards everyone that has helped her in her new …

Pashtana’s Story

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Thanksgiving is one of the holidays that best represent the warm embrace of inclusiveness, sharing, and togetherness. With Thanksgiving being tomorrow, we would like to share this essay full of thankfulness with you. The essay is written by one of our students, Pashtana – despite of hardships in her life as a new immigrant, she is always thankful of people …

“It is very essential to voice and share my experience and information in English with people around me.”

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Featured image: LCNV’s student, Rena, becoming a U.S. citizen during the naturalization ceremony and celebrated with her classmates Today is LCNV’s 4th year partnering with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to host a Naturalization Ceremony at the James Lee Community Center in Falls Church, VA. Hosting these ceremonies gives LCNV learners the chance to witness that special moment when immigrants become …

“I must improve my English and finish my University.”

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Our understanding of literacy today encompasses much more than the language ability to read and write. According to UNESCO, literacy is further defined as skills enabling access to knowledge and information in specific contexts, such as technological, health, information, media, visual, and scientific. As a survival skill, literacy is important in many aspects of life. In Fatima’s story, when she …

“It is very important when I can speak with and understand other people.”

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LCNV learner Norma knows the importance for her to learn English. Norma used to feel frustrated when communicating with people during work or shopping, and needed a translator when she went to the doctors. However, when Norma joined LCNV’s classes, she felt her life take on changes – changes that make her feel “confident and happy”. Read her story below …