Our friend Will Coley, from Aquifer Media, has collaborated with the Asian Pacific American Legal Center to create a series of videos about immigrants learning English. This first video “Classroom 206: Making time for English”, really drives home the commitment and work ethic of many of the immigrants who come to the United States in search of a better life.
Check it out:
After watching the video, I began reflecting on my own second-language acquisition. I spent the majority of my years in school studying Spanish and can now claim fluency. However, I was privileged enough to learn this language because I wanted to, not because it was necessary for daily life. I was also privileged enough to study this language while in high school, college and even graduate school, without having to work 12 hours days in order to support myself. I am in awe of the dedication of these students and reminded of the irreplaceable value of immigrants who come to this country both themselves and the United States.
Look out for the next video, “Finding their way with English”, next week.