Speaking In Tongues (2009)

  • Producer/Director: Marcia Jarmel
Website:
http://speakingintonguesfilm.info
Film Length:
60 minutes
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In Speaking in Tongues, four public school kids become bilingual, posing a provocative question with the potential to transform our country: "In the 21st century, is knowing English enough?" In this closely observed, verite-style documentary, we follow the students and their families as they encounter the challenges and delights of becoming fluent in two languages. As we witness their journey, we see how speaking more than one language changes them, their families, their communities, and maybe even the world. At a time when 31 states have passed "English Only" initiatives, Speaking in Tongues explores the compelling notion that speaking a foreign language can be a national asset.

The Film Campaign

Some Americans say, "Why should our kids learn another language? Isn't English enough?" In partnership with educators, community organizations and national non-profits, the Speaking in Tongues campaign fosters thoughtful discussion of these questions and brings people together to explore how bilingualism can contribute to cultivating citizenship for the 21st century. Join the hundreds of parents, educators, and policymakers, already sparking discussion with their family, friends, co-workers, and school boards.

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Issue: Education, Race & Ethnicity

Collection:

Reel Education

Awards

  • San Francisco International Film Festival - Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature

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Join the Seal of Biliteracy Campaign

Act now to support funding for language education.
The Excellence and Innovation in Learning Act bill is aimed at allowing every young American to become proficient in a second language.
H.R. 6036, the Excellence and Innovation in Language Learning Act, was proposed by Congressional Representatives Rush Holt (D-NJ) and Paul Tonko (D-NY) on August 1, 2010. This legislation would allow every young American to become proficient in English and a second language within a generation.

Learn more about the bill from the Asia Society.

Restore FLAP Funding
The Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP), the only source of federal funding for K-12 foreign language programs, is slated to be cut or eliminated in congressional budget proposals. Already, higher education spending for foreign languages (Title VI) has been cut $50 million, which is a 40 percent reduction from the previous year.

Act now at ACTFL Action Page and tell Congress how important language programs are in your community.

NEW LANGUAGE LEGISLATION: H.R. 1994 provides students with access to high-quality world language instruction starting in the early grades and creates state language councils to share best practices and coordinate language programs across the state. To learn more about this important legislation, review a coalition support letter and summary here.

Event Name Date City State   Location Status
Follow-up to Blo-No Community Education Summit Apr 06, 2015 Normal IL United States Normal Theatre Complete
Manzanita SEED-Speaking in Tongues Dec 10, 2014 OAKLAND CA United States Auditorium Complete
Hoggard High School Apr 23, 2014 Wilmington NC United States Hoggard High School Complete
Speaking In Tongues Screening and Immersion Education Panel Apr 05, 2014 Anchorage AK United States University of Alaska Anchorage Arts Recital Hall Complete
Menlo Park Bilingualism and Immersion Community Education Event Feb 09, 2014 Menlo Park CA United States Menlo Park Main Library Complete
American University's Feb 03, 2014 Washington DC United States American University, Mary Graydon Center #200 Complete
"Speaking in Tongues": A Discussion on Immersion Programs Feb 03, 2014 Wilmington NC United States UNCW Morton Hall Auditorium Complete
Juan Diego Academy Jan 15, 2014 Tacoma WA United States HRRS Complete
Aldama Elementary Dual - Speaking in Tongues Nov 09, 2013 LOS ANGELES CA United States Arroyo Seco Library - LAPL Complete
Language Immersion Education Oct 24, 2013 Phoenix AZ United States United States Complete
Film Screening and Panel Discussion Oct 17, 2013 Moraga CA United States New Rheem Theater Complete
Speaking in Tongues: Screening and Discussion Apr 18, 2013 Vernon Hills IL United States Aspen Drive Library Complete
Shoreline Dual Language Immersion Movie Night! Mar 20, 2013 Tomales CA United States Tomales Elementary School Complete
Bilingual and ESL Student Organization screening of documentary: Speaking in Tongues Mar 05, 2013 Denton TX United States University of Northern Texas Complete
Speaking in Tongues: Movie Screening Jan 31, 2013 Mount Prospect IL United States Mount Prospect Public Library Complete
Speaking in Tongues: Movie Screening Jan 24, 2013 Elk Grove Villabe IL United States Elk Grove Village Public Library Complete
Speaking In Tongues Jan 24, 2012 Pasadena CA United States 285 E. Walnut Street Complete
Speaking In Tongues Jan 11, 2012 Anaheim Hills CA United States Located at Fairmont Private Schools, Anaheim Hills Campus Complete
Speaking In Tongues Dec 14, 2011 Elkhorn NE United States 820 N 204th Street Complete
Speaking In Tongues Apr 02, 2011 Irvine CA United States 9 Truman Complete
Speaking In Tongues Mar 30, 2011 Nashville TN United States 1 University Park Drive Complete
Speaking In Tongues Feb 17, 2011 Bridgewater MA United States Moakley Center Auditorium Complete
Speaking In Tongues Feb 15, 2011 Rosendale NY United States 408 Main Street Complete
Speaking In Tongues Feb 09, 2011 Boston MA United States 57 Holton Street Complete
Speaking In Tongues Jan 20, 2011 Pasadena CA United States Central Library Auditorium 285 E. Walnut St Complete
Speaking In Tongues Jan 13, 2011 Denver CO United States 101 W. Colfax Ave. Complete
Speaking In Tongues Jan 10, 2011 Guatemala United States American School of Guatemala Complete
Speaking In Tongues Jan 09, 2011 Point Reyes Station CA United States 11250 Hwy 1 Complete
Speaking In Tongues Jan 09, 2011 Boston, MA o2134 MA United States 57 Holton Street Complete
Speaking In Tongues Dec 17, 2010 Arlington VA United States 4000 Arlington Boulevard Complete
Speaking In Tongues Dec 11, 2010 Birmingham United States 140 Heath Mill Lane Complete
Speaking In Tongues Dec 07, 2010 Highland Park IL United States 2075 St. Johns Complete
Speaking In Tongues Dec 07, 2010 Clarksville TN United States Public Library Pageant Lane Complete
Speaking In Tongues Dec 02, 2010 Dillon CO United States 0108 Deerpath Road Complete
Speaking In Tongues Dec 02, 2010 Xi'an AL United States 603 Chang An South Rd Complete
Speaking In Tongues Nov 21, 2010 Indianapolis IL United States n/a Complete
Speaking In Tongues Nov 20, 2010 Jamaica Plain MA United States 45 Danforth St Complete
Speaking In Tongues Nov 19, 2010 San Antonio TX United States One UTSA Circle Complete
Speaking In Tongues Nov 19, 2010 St. Cloud MN United States n/a Complete
Speaking In Tongues Nov 19, 2010 Boston MA United States n/a Complete
Speaking In Tongues Nov 18, 2010 Sarasota FL United States 1331 First St. Complete
Speaking In Tongues Nov 17, 2010 san francisco CA United States 400 mansell st. Complete
Speaking In Tongues Nov 17, 2010 san francisco CA United States 400 mansell st. Complete
Speaking In Tongues Nov 16, 2010 Hartsville SC United States Coker College, 300 E. College Ave. Complete
Speaking In Tongues Nov 16, 2010 Salinas CA United States 915 Larkin Complete
Speaking In Tongues Nov 15, 2010 Greencastle IN United States n/a Complete
Speaking In Tongues Nov 12, 2010 San Francisco CA United States n/a Complete
Speaking In Tongues Nov 10, 2010 Pasadena CA United States 1090 Nithsdale Road Complete
Speaking In Tongues Nov 09, 2010 Memphis TN United States 1900 E. Rains Road Complete
Speaking In Tongues Nov 07, 2010 Houston TX United States 3900 Yoakum Boulevard Complete
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