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

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 […]

Butterflies in 1st Grade Spanish

First grade students in Spanish room 203 begin the year with La oruga muy hambrienta, also known as The Very Hungry Caterpillar! We read the book and sequence the foods the caterpillar eats according to the days of the week using flip books we create, as well as discuss our own food preferences. We also […]

Good News from Our Chinese Program!

On Saturday, April 21st, Gabrielle D. and Natalie D., two of our Chinese language students, participated in the 10th Midwest Chinese Speech Contest and won two gold medals for LaSalle II. Congratulations to them! Over the past nine years 34 LaSalle II students have participated in the Midwest Chinese speech contest. Gabrielle and Natalie are […]

Students from Spain

Exchange students from Spain spent two weeks in Chicago in March. They had a great opportunity to learn about different cultures by observing classes at school, during their visits to different places in the city and also with their host families. This has been the fourth year that students come from Madrid and now it […]

Learning about Paris

French students recently concluded a unit on Paris by recreating famous monuments with toothpicks and marshmallows. Students presented their completed masterpieces in French to the class by sharing the name, arrondissement, and various activities you can do at each monument! Bravo, les élèves !