New Film Chronicles ELL Struggles

Still from the film Immersion

Immersion, an elegant new short film starring San Francisco public school students in the lead roles, explores the obstacles facing English Language Learner students in English immersion programs. Moises, the elementary student around which the film is centered, is smart and determined but speaks very little English. Despite a well-intentioned teacher and a propensity for math, he is hard-pressed to keep up. Said Director Richard Levien, “Immersion shows a bright boy who, for no fault of his own, is sinking. The film aims to start conversations about educating immigrant children, and to give people who may have no experience of trying to learn in another language, an insight into how difficult this can be.” View the film and learn more at