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

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” or better in ALL classes on the quarterly report card.
    • 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

Great News for Our Chinese Language Students

In November, 2014, students in our Chinese language program voluntarily took the Youth Chinese Test (YCT), a series of tests administered by the China National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language.

First Ever LaSalle II National Geogaphic Bee

Just a reminder that the National Geographic Geography Bee is 6 weeks away! The Bee is open to students in grades 4-8. Homeroom competitions will take place the week of January 12-16. The school-wide bee will take place on January 21. The winner of the school bee will take a test the following week to […]

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 […]