Yesterday we had first shoot. We interviewed Chau Nguyen, an Ithaca College student who works at WB&A Market Research. Every Saturday Chau makes phone calls and asks respondents to answer survey questions; she speaks in Vietnamese, her native language. We grabbed B-roll of her walking to work through the Commons and to her office. Then, we asked her a few questions about speaking two languages and switching on and off between Vietnamese and English. Chau told us how it was difficult to come to the United States and dive right in to a new culture, school, and a new language. She also explained to us how practicing her English speaking skills in a new environment helped her learn more — and quickly.
Next up, we have a jam-packed week of more shooting. On Tuesday, we plan to shoot at Ithaca High School’s international club meeting and interview students there. On Wednesday, we’ll shoot the Spanish afternoon program at Belle Sherman Elementary School, and on Thursday, we’ll interview Dr. Cathrene Connery at Ithaca College.