Why is bilingualism important to you? Answer this question below in the comments to win the DVD of the film, Speaking in Tongues.
Speaking in Tongues, courtesy of Patchworks Films, is the award-winning documentary following the lives of four budding bilingual children in dual-language immersion programs in the San Francisco Bay Area.
I saw this movie fairly recently and was so pleased that this critical subject was the topic of a documentary. It’s an important topic and one that isn’t discussed enough in the U.S., particularly with so much of a backlash against perceived threats to the English-only status quo, which does far more damage to the future of America’s little global citizens than many Americans realize.
The four kids in this movie–each from a different ethnic/racial background (Caucasian, Mexican-American, Chinese-American, African-American)–navigate a different dual-language immersion program in the San Francisco Bay Area. Two students had links to the languages they were learning within their families (Mandarin and Spanish). Two had no connection to the language at all in their heritage and were learning Mandarin–these were the students I was most impressed by. As the students improve in skill and proficiency, “we see how knowing two languages changes them, their families and their communities.”
The film is important because it helps address the xenophobic and pig-headed English-only ideas that lead many Americans to not value language learning. As a result of this attitude, learning a second language is not encouraged enough in the U.S. educational system, which is a detriment to our children growing up in a globalized world.
Why is bilingualism important to you? Here are three chances to win the DVD of the film Speaking in Tongues:
1. Answer this question in the comments section below to win.
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Visit http://speakingintonguesfilm.info/ to view the Speaking in Tongues trailer and discover all their free educational resources available. Please note: this DVD is for home-use/non-professional use.
Winner will be announced June 22nd.