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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
The Confucius Institute in Chicago and the Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute partnered to bring Master Kuai, a renowned ink painter in China, to twenty schools in Chicago. It was honor to host him here at LaSalle II. He held two workshops with our fourth through seventh graders studying Chinese and with one of Ms. Tingley’s […]