In a country where most states declare English as the official language, Speaking in Tongues explores how bilingualism can be a national resource. Following four students involved in an educational experiment designed to make them bilingual and biliterate, the film questions rote debates about immigration, globalization, and what it means to be American in the 21st century.
Speaking in Tongues
Inside Immersion delves behind the character stories told in Speaking in Tongues to look at how immersion education actually works in the classrooms. Combining intimate verite classroom scenes with interviews with teachers, principals, policymakers, and educators, it explores how teachers and students experience immersion classrooms.
Speaking In Tongues questions rote debates about immigration, assimilation, globalization and what it means to be American in the 21st century. In this clip, we meet a few of the children who are involved in language immersion programs and hear from their parents as to why this program is beneficial to the future of these children.