One Final Perspective: Giulia Dwight

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!

Interviewing the Expert: Dr. Cathrene Connery

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