Winter 2019 ESL Classes

November 15th, 2018

LCMC will be offering a range of ESL classes for adults at various sites throughout Montgomery County. Interested students must identify which class works best for their schedule, and attend its registration and testing date to take a placement assessment to determine what level of English instruction they need. Please see the below schedule, or

Need an English Class This Winter?

November 9th, 2018

If you would like to take an ESL class beginning in December 2018 or January 2019, please fill out this form. We are in the process of finalizing our class locations and schedules, and will contact you directly as soon as we know when and where we will be holding classes and when you can

Notes from the Bald Man – November 2018

November 8th, 2018

To make extra money, I used to tutor well-off young adults in Silicon Valley. I was trying to support my very expensive habit of working with under-served young men of color coming out of jail. So six days a week, I would spend my mornings working with young men who hated school and thought they

Student Spotlight: Ryan, an LCMC GED Learner

November 8th, 2018

“People compliment me all the time on my writing, because I do free-style writing. I read books well, so people compliment me on vocabulary, they ask me, ‘are you in somebody’s school, did you graduate?’ I say no. So I felt compelled… to come here.” Ryan is a Silver Spring resident who is taking part

Notes from the Bald Man – October 2018

October 8th, 2018

When I was in college, I read a book by a famous poet. It was an odd book–at least I thought so at the time–about the power of naming a thing. The basic premise of the book was that if you were trying to make something from nothing, you had to put a name to

Spotlight on LCMC’s ESL Classroom Program

October 8th, 2018

LCMC’s ESL Classroom program might be less familiar to the vast majority of LCMC’s volunteers, as it relies heavily on our TESOL-certified teaching staff. However, it serves almost 1,100 adult learners from over 100 different countries each year. Volunteers may recognize Ahu Moser, our Assistant Director of Programs, if they have volunteered to help at

Notes from the Bald Man – September 2018

September 5th, 2018

Two Changes, One Apology, and a Couple Other Thoughts to Spare Dear Community Builders, This month, I want to speak to two changes occurring within LCMC that are very different in nature from what I usually write about. To begin: Hours of operation and how we (the full-time staff) do business. For the past year,

Notes from the Bald Man – August 2018

August 1st, 2018

Dear Community Builders, Last week a few non-profit leaders from the county were invited by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to go look at agencies in New York that have done good work around youth homelessness—by youth, we are talking 18-25 year olds. DHHS plans to open a center in East County

Student Spotlight: Darnell

August 1st, 2018

Work in adult education long enough, and one inevitably meets some of the most inspiring and determined parents there are. Darnell, a Basic Literacy student with LCMC, and father to a son, is one of them. “I always wanted to help him with reading,” says Darnell. “I always wanted to pick up a book and

Notes from the Bald Man – July 2018

July 6th, 2018

Dear Community Builder, I hope this finds you all well and not too warm. Summer is a pretty great time, as we all know. Time to be outside and enjoy the sun. For us, staff at LCMC, as is true for most educators, summer is also a time to reset and prepare for the year