LaSalle II is a Language Magnet School

Students in grades K-8 study one world language while they attend LaSalle II. Language classes are part of each student’s weekly schedule. Our administration, staff, and parents are committed to working together to create a World Language program that provides our children with a variety of learning opportunities both in and out of the classroom.

World Languages Taught at LaSalle II

Teaching Approach

LaSalle II world language teachers plan instruction around the National Standards for Language Education, otherwise known as “The Five C’s”.

For more detail on the program, our languages, and learning resources, please see our language packet. You can find it at the following link.

Language Assignment

All students are assigned a language through a lottery based on student preference. However, preferences are not guaranteed. Our mission at LaSalle II is to give students a high quality education with a global perspective. In order to communicate your language preference you must complete the Language Preference Form, which can be found in the Forms Library.

Language Accomplishments

French: LaSalle II students had several students place nationally on the National French Exam.

Chinese: LaSalle II students participates in the Annual Midwest Chinese Speech Contest.

Spanish: LaSalle II had several students place nationally on the National Spanish Exam.

Language Trips Abroad

Language Trips Requirements

  • All students must have been enrolled at LaSalle II for at least one school year prior to the trip.
  • Academics
    • For French, Spanish and Arabic, students must have a “C” or better in ALL classes on the quarterly report card.
    • Requirements for the trip to China are set by the host organization. Students must have a “B” average or better in Chinese and “C” average for all other classes.
    • Students are expected to maintain good grades even after receiving the invitation to participate.
  • Behavior
    • No administrative discipline referrals
    • Sign off from teachers.

Language Trip Cost

  • The cost of each trip will vary. A good estimate is $2000 per student.
  • Each family can save in their own way whether that means putting aside $400 per year for 5 years or $1000 for two years.

World Language News

4th Grade Mi Ciudad Projects

Students in 4th grade showcased their understanding of 2nd quarter’s theme: En la Ciudad by designing and building a 2D or 3D model based on their own city, our city of study (Buenos Aires) or a fictional city. The students used their city models to discuss with their classmates the various activities to do, places […]

Bring Culture Into Classrooms

While ushering in the Lunar New Year, LaSalle II Chinese language students began their annual Chinese dance training with Lingling Pao, the artist-in-residence. Upon hearing the news that the Chinese dance training would soon begin, every student, whether boy or girl, in a lower or upper grade, eagerly wanted to find out which day would […]

1st Grade French Project

First graders helped with a fun project in French class recently and made flags for the French speaking countries of the world. We used their wonderful props and took some photos for our class yearbook page.

Welcome to our visitors from Beijing! 

Our exchange students from the Beijing Foreign Language School arrived last week and we are so excited they are here! This week they visited the John Hancock building, the Chicago Art Institute, the Shedd Aquarium, and City Hall. A huge thank you to Ms. Aquino for all of her planning and to our families for […]

French Exchange Visitors at L2! 

We had the pleasure of hosting exchange students and teachers from Angers, France the last two weeks in October. Sixteen students came from Collège Mongazon to stay with host families at LaSalle II. Since the French students travel back to France the day before Halloween we decided to throw them an American Halloween-themed going away […]