Offers a powerful vision of what bilingualism looks like.
— Francisca Sanchez, Assoc. Superintendent, San Francisco Public Schools
Speaking in Tongues is a film that needed to be made. With insight and the appeal of children, you have brought alive the vast capability of kids to learn languages and the impact of doing so early and thoroughly. As English grows in use around the globe, you provide a case study in overcoming our linguistic egotism and help show multiple benefits of bilingual education.
— Westy Egmont, National Immigrant Integration Conference
This exquisite film gets right to the heart of issues surrounding languages in the U.S.
— Virginia Collier & Wayne Thomas, Professors Emeriti, Bilingual, Multicultural & ESL Education, George Mason University

4 kids. 4 languages. 1 city. 1 world.
56 minutes. CC.
Subtitled in Mandarin, Spanish and English.

At a time when 31 states have passed “English Only” laws, four pioneering families put their children in public schools where, from the first day of kindergarten, their teachers speak mostly in a foreign language. Speaking in Tongues follows four diverse kids on a journey to become bilingual. This charming story will challenge you to rethink the skills that Americans need to succeed in the 21st century.

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