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

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 and Spanish, 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 suspensions
    • 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

Memorable Moments from Peru

Thank you to school community for its support for our first LaSalle II trip abroad. Following are a few favorite memories from our students.

World Language Fest, 5/10

Current and new LaSalle II families are invited World Language Fest, a fun, free event celebrating World Languages on May 10 from 1-4pm. Experience dance, music, art and food representing countries where our school’s four languages – Arabic, Chinese, French and Spanish – are spoken.

Summer Language Camps

Our PTO/LSC Language Committee put together the following list of world language summer camps in and around Chicago. Please use the links included to check for the most current info from each vendor.

World Language Curriculum Maps

We have just published the curriculum maps for each of LaSalle II’s world languages. These show the objectives, key vocabulary, and assignments per grade. A curriculum map is a document explaining what we plan to teach. Please keep in mind that the process of curriculum mapping is a work in progress. We will revisit, review […]

Student Trip to Peru

Recently I got a chance to ask Ms B a few questions about the student trip to Peru that she is organizing for our LaSalle II Spanish Language students. Following are a few highlights. Why is travel to another country important to learning a language? Ms Bucciarelli, LaSalle II Spanish Language Teacher Traveling to another […]