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

Over the past several years we have been working on establishing and growing our trips and exchange programs abroad. Students in grades 7th and 8th are offered the opportunity to travel abroad and participate in these opportunities. Currently, we have traveled to the following places:

  • Ollantaytambo, Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Lima in Peru
  • Beijing, China
  • Angers and Paris in France
  • Madrid, Segovia, and Cordoba in Spain
  • Spring 2018: Morroco

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” average or better in ALL classes.
    • 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 at LaSalle II

Throughout the year at LaSalle II we learned about more than just new French vocabulary or how to conjugate verbs but we also learn about the different cultures in the different countries where French is spoken. This year our students learned about the different regions of France. Regions in France are like states and each […]

BAC Mother’s Day Festival

The BAC held their Mother’s Day Festival on May 12th. It was a beautiful event with Mexican dancing performances.

Cinco de Mayo Celebrations!

Happenings in the 8th Grade

Cultural Kitchen This spring students in room 212 and 214 participated in the Chicago hostel program called Cultural Kitchen. Our eighth graders slept overnight in the downtown Chicago Hostel, the place where thousands of people from around the world choose to stay. Students had the unique opportunity to mingle with visitors and cook traditional French […]

Midwest Chinese Speech Competition

LaSalle II Students Win Gold Medals!