Speaking in Tongues is a documentary about raising multilingual children. I just saw it on public television in the US and it’s excellent. It shows the controversy over bilingual education and how and why families raise kids with various languages.

Speaking in Tongues film trailer

Here’s information about the movie from the Speaking in Tongues website:

“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 Chinese or Spanish. 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 in the 21st century.”

It is airing on the Public Broadcasting System in the US and is being shown in screenings in Northern California. You can see the documentary trailer on the website: http://speakingintonguesfilm.info.

You can purchase the DVD at: http://speakingintonguesfilm.info/buy-a-dvd/.

Educators can find additional materials at: http://speakingintonguesfilm.info/for-educators/.


  1. Thanks for giving a nod to Speaking in Tongues! I blog for the film’s website, where folks can find lots of great information about language learning and language immersion education. I’m also the parent of two budding bilinguals thanks to the our school district’s Mandarin Immersion program. It is an exciting journey for the whole family and an amazing way to learn a language.

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