Audio Podcasts

Browse our audio podcasts with ELL experts below, or visit our Meet the Experts page on iTunes to download or subscribe to this podcast series.

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Behind the Scenes: Speaking in Tongues

Durrell Laury and kindergarten pals in Chinese clothes -- (Photo credit: Marcia Jarmel)

In this Colorín Colorado Meet the Experts interview, filmmaker Ken Schneider offers a behind-the-scenes look at Speaking in Tongues, a documentary about dual-language education that he directed with Marcia Jarmel. Ken shares some of the personal experiences that led him and Marcia to make the film, as well as in-depth profiles of the students and families featured in the film.

He also discusses reactions to the film and suggestions for individuals who wish to host their own screening of the documentary.

Dual-language Education: A Parent's Perspective

Marcia Jarmel & Ken Schneider, producers, Speaking in Tongues -- (Photo credit: Najib Joe Hakim)

In this Colorín Colorado Meet the Experts interview, filmmaker Ken Schneider shares his own families' experiences with dual-language education and talks about what it's like for parents who may not speak the language(s) their children are learning in an immersion program. Ken is the co-director of Speaking in Tongues, a documentary about dual-language education that he filmed with Marcia Jarmel.

Dr. Frances Contreras

Dr. Frances Contreras

Dr. Frances Contreras is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington in the College of Education in Leadership and Policy Studies. Dr. Contreras presently researches issues of equity and access for underrepresented students in the education pipeline.

In this interview with Dr. Contreras, she discusses the Latino education crisis and strategies for getting minority students on the path to college.

Dr. Jesus Cortez

Dr. Jesus Cortez has taught at California State University, Chico for the past twenty-six years. Dr. Cortez teaches courses in Reading, Multicultural Children's Literature, and Literacy for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations.

In this interview with Dr. Cortez, he offers some ideas engaging ELLs as readers, as well as tips for choosing culturally diverse titles for the classroom.

Catalina Fortino

Catalina R. Fortino is a field liaison for New York City's United Federation of Teachers Teacher Center. A former teacher of bilingual early childhood special education, Ms. Fortino coordinates professional development for schools servicing ELLs.

In this interview with Ms. Fortino, she discusses the qualities of effective instruction and teacher training for ELL programs.

Dr. Rebecca Palacios

Dr. Rebecca Palacios is an educator who taught preschool for more than thirty years in Corpus Christi, Texas. Dr. Palacios is also a teacher mentor, a founding member and former vice chair of the National Board For Professional Teaching Standards.

In this interview with Dr. Palacios, she discusses the qualities of a strong Pre-K program for ELLs and professional development for Pre-K educators.