“My Daughter Cried Because I Could Not Help Her”

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Every parent wants to see their child succeed in school. In fact, research shows that students tend to earn higher grades, have better attendance, are more motivated and less likely to drop out when their families are involved in their education. For LCNV learner Erica, not knowing English hindered her ability to fully engage in her daughter’s academic success. Erica …

“I Need to Learn English”

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Though the United States has no official national language, many new immigrants closely associate learning the English language with their new homes. For LCNV learner Natalie, knowing English is a key part of her identity. “I love America…That’s why I need to learn English,” she writes. Read her story, below. If you would like to help LCNV learners like Natalie, …

“I Have Improved”

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For newly arrived residents of the United States, learning English is a gateway to the outside world. LCNV learner Semainesh writes about this in her essay, stating that “communicating was always a struggle for me since I arrived in the United States.” Luckily for Semainesh and 1500 other learners every year, LCNV’s programs are easily accessible throughout Northern Virginia, giving …

“I Want to Achieve Something”

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Today at the James Lee Community Center, immigrants who have passed their citizenship exam will become United States citizens during a USCIS Naturalization Ceremony. One of these new United States citizens is Phuong, an LCNV learner originally from Vietnam. In her essay below, Phuong writes about her time in the United States, her discovery of LCNV’s English classes, and her …

Narmen’s Story

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Nearly 14% of Northern Virginia households can be considered linguistically isolated. LCNV’s focus on teaching English language literacy together with practical life skills helps learners break through that isolation and anxiety. LCNV learner Narmen writes about this in her essay, where she explains how learning English with LCNV has given her the confidence to navigate life, from communicating with her …