For our last official shoot, we spoke with Guilia Dwight, an Ithaca College student from Italy. She studies communication management and design but also works as a teacher’s assistant for Italian classes at IC. Giulia is tri-literate; she speaks Italian, English and French. When we interviewed Giulia, we asked her about the difficulties of learning another language at an older age. She said that the process was more challenging, and she also notices similar difficulties when teaching college students to communicate in a different way.
After shooting B-roll in during Giulia’s TA session, On Point Productions finished our shooting. Now on to editing!
We recently interview Dr. Cathrene Connery, an education professor at Ithaca College. She’s spent her entire life learning about and studying bilingualism in the United States. She also introduced us to several of our other sources, including some of the Ithaca High School students.
When we first spoke with Dr. Connery, she introduced us to the idea of the “bilingual bicycle,” — it’s a metaphor that language experts often use to describe how students, both young and old, learn a second language. As Dr. Connery told us, teachers should help students develop their first and second languages early. When a student’s first language is underdeveloped, it becomes much more difficult to fully learn a second language — meaning a student attempts to ride a bike that has one small one wheel in front and one large wheel in the back. Continue reading →
ON Point Productions just wrapped up a jam packed week of filming. We visited Ithaca High School’s International Club on Tuesday and spoke to four students there — two Karen students who moved to the United States and began learning … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →