“I will, in the future, improve my English and my home.”

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At LCNV, we cannot stress enough that the language barrier faced by our students has an impact much larger than just daily communications. As Sajida talks about, not being able to speak English creates a sense of stress and isolation that makes her reluctant to leave home for long periods of times: “When I came to the USA it was …

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 …

Vladimir’s Story: the Importance of Family Literacy

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Happy Family Literacy Month! National Family Literacy Month is an annual designation observed in November. As the first blog post of the month, we would like to share with you Vladimir’s experience reading with his family. After taking English classes with us, Vladimir found pleasure in reading and it becomes an important activity between him and his grandchildren: “By learning …