French is a member of the Romance group of languages. It is spoken as a first language by more than 70 million people, chiefly in France (55 million speakers), Belgium (3 million), Switzerland (1.5 million), former French and Belgian colonies in Africa (5 million), and Canada (6.5 million). French probably ranks next after English as a second tongue. Having served as an international language in diplomacy and commerce as well as among educated people during the last few centuries, it still enjoys great prestige culturally and is one of the languages used officially by the United Nations.

French Fun Facts:

  • French is the official language of 29 countries.
  • French is understood in 55 countries across five continents and spoken by over 200 million people.
  • French is one of the official working languages of the United Nations as well as the Olympic Games
  • Montreal is the second largest city of native French-speakers in the world (after Paris) and is located only about 2 hours away by plane from Chicago.
  • French uses the same alphabet as the English language but no words in French contain the letter “w”.
  • The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France over 100 years ago in recognition of the friendship the two countries developed during the American Revolution.

World Languages Taught at LaSalle II

World Language News

LaSalle II Student Achievements on YCT/HSK Chinese Tests  

On the first day of this new school year, fifty-two LaSalle II Chinese language students were extremely excited as they received the certificates mailed from Beijing China for their YCT and HSK Chinese test results!  These results, from tests taken in mid-May, showed that our LaSalle II Chinese language students once again did a magnificent […]

CPS Seal of Biliteracy

This year LaSalle II was selected as part of a pilot program and our 5th and 8th grade students had the opportunity to earn the CPS Seal of Biliteracy. In order to qualify, student had to demonstrate proficiency on the APPL test. This provides a pathway to the State Seal of Biliteracy that students can earn […]

Spanish Exchange Students

Our exchange students from Madrid were here these past 2 weeks and we had a ton of fun! Our guests visited the Chicago History Museum, the Field Museum, Navy Pier, the Shedd Aquarium, and more! The students even got to attend our middle school dance.   A huge thank you to our host families for […]

Midwest Chinese Student Speech Contest

We had several students participate in the 9th Annual Midwest Chinese Student Speech Contest. Students were required to recite a speech in Chinese and were judged on pronunciation, delivery, and expression. Our school had three participants and all of them earned a medal. Gold: Gabby I. and Ruby V. Silver: Danny M. Congratulations to our […]

Student Reflections from Trips Abroad

Trip To China By Emma Z. Just recently in November, five 8th grade students, including myself, went to Beijing, China! This was one of the greatest trips that we experienced! It was amazing practicing the language, trying new foods, and immersing ourselves in Chinese culture. During the week we were able to go sightseeing to […]