The WIDA Consortium tweeted out a short clip to a 12 minute film titled “Immersion,” which was unknown to me. The film also has it’s own website.
Fortunately, I was able to find the full film online at Snag Films, and have embedded it at the bottom of this post.
There are so many good things to say about it and how it provides a glimpse into the challenges facing our English Language Learners. The film was made a few years ago and, with luck, changes made by The Every Student Succeeds Act (see The Best Resources For Learning How The Every Student Succeeds Act Affects English Language Learners and The Best Resources For Understanding The Every Student Succeeds Act) and future changes here in California dependent on what happens in the November ballot (see The Best Resources For Learning About The Multilingual Education Act Ballot Initiative In California) will help mitigate some of the problems portrayed in the film.
However, no matter what happens with those laws, the key points made by the film will remain important.
I’m adding it to The “All-Time” Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of English Language Learners and to The Best Sites For Walking In Someone Else’s Shoes.
And you can bet I’ll be showing it to students in my Sac State teacher credential program class!