Gabriel’s Motivation

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Gabriel expresses what gives her the drive and the motivation to learn English and make improvements. Her essay is short, but her positivity, kindness, and hopeful outlook for a better tomorrow overflow on the page. At LCNV, this kind of passion from our ELL learners motivates us every day. Enjoy Gabriel’s essay below: “Since I started my English class, I …

“We can Choose the Future of the Country”

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Happy Independence Day! At Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, it is a day we celebrate freedom, history, and individuality with our community. Celenia’s essay reflects on how education is an integral part for her – not only to grow without fear, but more importantly, be able to “choose the future of the country”. Celebrate United States’ Independence with her powerful …

“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 …