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 Class Highlights for November

Our French students helping in the effort to collect coat, gloves, hats, and scarves with their newly acquired knowledge of the weather and clothing items.

World Language Resources Online

Did you know that each language teacher has a link to a page with online language resources?  If you want even more resources, please click here to visit our language resources page. Also, does your child use a language app that is fun and interesting?  Email the name of the language app to Ms. Aquino (nmaquino@cps.edu) so that […]

LaSalle II Welcomes Master Painter from China

Thanks to the the Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute  and the Confucius Institute at Walter Payton High School, LaSalle II was once again fortunate to host a master painter from China, Weibing Chen.  Master Chen specializes in pastoral landscape paintings.  He  demonstrated techniques using a calligraphy brush and water ink.  He also taught students how to use the brushes […]

Support the April 2015 trip to Spain!

It’s a busy time of year, so why not order some of your holiday gifts online to support our students going to Spain in April 2015? Don’t know what to get the postman? Or that neighbor or coworker who’s been there for you? Look no further! Equal Exchange offers unique gifts, coffee, and delicious chocolate. […]

Language Nut and Middlebury

Join the World Language teachers for an information session about new online tools that will be available to all K-8 LaSalle II students.