Language education film
Monday, November 15, 2010
An award-winning documentary on language education in the United States screens 4 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Miller Center auditorium.
Following the screening an expert panel will explore the national debate on language education.
The film asks the question "In the 21st century, is English enough?", suggesting that in a time where 31 states have passed English Only initiatives, speaking a foreign language is a national asset. Filmmakers Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider dig deeper, arguing that America's attachment to monolingualism masks deeper social tensions about diversity and difference.
“Language is a doorway to understanding,” said Jarmel. “In that way, language is kind of a metaphor for Americans opening their minds to other ways of thinking and being in the world. It’s very concrete – you learn a skill that can help you communicate – but it also does something else to your worldview. And we’re talking about both of those things in the film.”
The four students featured in "Speaking in Tongues" are:
The film screening and panel are sponsored by the College of Education at St. Cloud State and St. Cloud Area School District 742. The organizations have collaborated since 2007 to deliver immersion programs in Spanish (Clearview Elementary, Clear Lake) and Chinese (Madison Elementary, St. Cloud). Learn more at http://isd742.org/kindergarten.