On November 8, 2012, TECA hosted a free community screening of this award-winning film and a talk by noted subject matter expert, Dr. Juan Flores, PhD. This event showcased our Dual Language Immersion Program, and all community members were welcome. Dr. Flores opened the discussion with questions to consider as we watched the film; then the film began and we had a lively Q&A discussion at the end.
Lite hors d’oeuvres were provided thanks to the generous support of Bi-Rite Market.
About SPEAKING IN TONGUES
4 Kids. 4 Languages. 1 City. 1 World.
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.
Winner of the Audience Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival.
ABOUT DR. JUAN FLORES, PhD
Coordinator of Bilingual Programs, CSU Stanislaus
Director of FIPSE/SAIL (Stanislaus Asociación de Investigación Latina)
President, California Association of Bilingual Teacher Educators
Dr. Flores was born in Mexico and immigrated to California as a child. He was the first in his family to complete a college education and earned his BA from Stanford University in English and Spanish. He then earned his MA degree in English and his Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction: Reading Emphasis. A Professor of Teacher Education at CSU Stanislaus since 1988 and Department Chair from 1996 to 2005, he served as the co-director of the Mathematics and Science Teaching Initiative Program, funded by the CSU Chancellor’s Office. He also was principal investigator of a grant from the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education. Dr. Flores previously was Director of the Learning Assistance Center at CSU Fresno. He served as Director of the Commission on Teacher Credentialing Alternative Teacher Preparation University Intern Program, serving CSU Stanislaus, San Joaquin County, Stanislaus County, and Merced County. He served as coordinator of the Bilingual Credential Programs in Elementary and Secondary Education as well as coordinator of the Master’s in Multilingual Education. He also served as interim dean of the College of Education at CSU Stanislaus. Dr. Flores also serves as the Chair of the Central Valley Dual Language Consortium. He is currently serving as President of the California Association of Bilingual Teacher Educators and is on the board of the California Council on Teacher Education. He has published extensively on the topic of minority education, bilingual education, and teacher effectiveness.
A special thanks to our hors d’oeuvres sponsor, Bi-Rite Market.