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  • Four children raise questions about what it means to be American in the 21st century.

    Four children raise questions about what it means to be American in the 21st century.

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  • Visit a school where American kids are taught social studies, math, and science entirely in Chinese.

    Visit a school where American kids are taught social studies, math, and science entirely in Chinese.

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  • Still from Speaking In Tongues

    Still from Speaking In Tongues

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The Film

In a country where most states declare English as the official language, Speaking in Tongues turns the issue on its head and 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, assimilation, globalization, and what it means to be American in the 21st century.

The Filmmakers

  1. Marcia JarmelProducer/Director
  2. Ken SchneiderProducer/Director