It was my first day at LASSN today, mostly shadowing Dave. Our second visit was to a student who has had 11 lessons so far. We reviewed her progress. I was astounded. In reading and writing particularly she had leapt ahead. From my college teaching perspective, this might have taken her 6 months or even a year in a class. To see so much progress in just 3 months was truly incredible. Her language and confidence have also increased so much now that she is able to manage most of her own affairs – calls to utility companies, conversations with her housing provider etc. – which had been done with the caseworker before. This has given her much more independence and saves a lot of time.