I interviewed Paulina Mross, a director of Downtown Languages, on Friday. She told me about the basic information about the organization. I was surprised to find out that there were many students from different backgrounds, not only from Spanish speaking countries but also from literally all over the world, including my hometown, Japan. This could be the focus that I am going to pursue, “minority within minority.”
Also, I was able to interview one teacher and and two students from Saturday morning class. The class was for immigrants who are aiming to get the citizenship and studying for the exam. The teacher was actually a former student of Downtown Language. The students had low level English skills; however, with a help from a translator, I could have a great talk with them. Both students looked happy and enjoying their class. Especially, a student from Vietnam looked like having fun with his Hispanic classmates.
This time I could not take photographs of the classes so I hope I could go back soon and take more photographs and sound bites for my multimedia piece.