Barbara Dick: Bronx, NYC Language Center, Xenophobia & Teaching Methods

Born in the Bronx, Barbara Dick is the founder and executive director of the New York Language Center. 26 years, 5 locations and a mountain of immigrant challenges later, I met Barbra at the her headquarters in Jamaica, Queens. Our conversation covered: Her Bronx pride; Immigrants daily life challenges from xenophobia to attending parent-teacher meetings; meet the staff; discuss their curriculum philosophy; a need for qualified teachers; hear a story from a student/intern; and insight from Barbara after 26 years.

Published by MY SMALL STORY

Over the past 15 years I have traveled, filmed and and acquired a library of over 6,000 hours. From the recording studio in NYC to South African Safari's, I have filmed my conversations and watched my library grow. On April 26, 2010, I launched in NYC as a way to share insight. My Small Story contextualizes life through a collection of unscripted filmed conversations with small businesses, entrepreneurs, artists and everyday people filmed, edited & shared weekly by LaRon Batchelor – a videographer/ethnographer with 15 years experience filming conversations in 4 continents.

3 thoughts on “Barbara Dick: Bronx, NYC Language Center, Xenophobia & Teaching Methods

  1. I like the fact that groups are chosen according to their linguistic backgrounds…that’s what’s lacking in many language schools…good job Barbara for your dedication … & love the video Laron…love it …great work ….keep up the good work

  2. Thank You Thank you Ladies..Barbara it was a pleasure to happen upon your office on Jamaica avenue in Woodhaven. I learned a great deal, especially the part about how learning english is helpful in many ways but one important one is the parent-teacher meetings the parents attend. Understanding and being fluent in english makes the meetings and conversations more useful and effective.

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