Youth Chinese Test Results

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. This test is considered the most influential and reliable test for evaluating the proficiency of Mandarin learners. The YCT series has four levels of written testing and two levels of oral testing.

LaSalle II is proud to announce that:

  • Nine of eleven 2nd graders took and passed the YCT level I test.
  • Eleven students, from 3rd thru 6th grade, took and passed Level II.
  • Twenty-two of twenty-three students took and passed the level III test.
  • Level IV, the highest level of the tests for students, is equivalent to the adult Chinese Proficiency Test level III (HSK) and is the minimum requirement level to enroll in a Chinese university. Two of our sixth graders passed this test and two others missed by 4 and 6 points, respectively.

Congratulations to all the students on this noteworthy accomplishment and to their teacher, Ms. Rangxian Wang.

 

World Language Fest

All LaSalle II families are invited to join us for the Second Annual World Language Fest – a fun, free event for the entire family!

THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2015 – 4:30-7:00 P.M. LASALLE II MAIN BUILDING & GYM

Experience dance, music, art, and food representing countries where our school’s four languages – Arabic, Chinese, French and Spanish – are spoken.

  • Sample and buy traditional food sold by the students raising money for their spring trip to Madrid
  • Make authentic crafts at the Language Activity Tables
  • Chat with the LaSalle II World Language Teachers

ENJOY THE FOLLOWING IN THE GYM:

At 5:00 and 6:30 professional group “Lamajamal” will perform songs from the Arabic, Chinese, French and Spanish cultures featuring traditional instruments.

And in between, see what we are learning:

  • 5:20 – Traditional Mexican folk dances by Pre-K through 3rd gr. students taught by BAC
  • 5:30 — Chinese Songs and Rhymes by Ms. Wang’s K and 1st gr. Chinese students
  • 5:40 – Egyptian sa’eedi dance by Mr. Fawzy’s 4th & 5th gr. Arabic students
  • 5:50 – Planning for 7th & 8th Graders’ trips abroad & highlights of upcoming trips to Spain, China and Canada
  • 6:10– Short orations by Mr. Saintus’ French students
  • 6:20- — Arabic Percussion Music by Mr. Fawzy’s 8th gr. Arabic students

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. This test is considered the most influential and reliable test for evaluating the proficiency of Mandarin learners. The YCT series has four levels of written testing and two levels of oral testing.

2014-12 YCT

LaSalle II is proud to announce:

  • Nine of eleven 2nd graders took and passed the YCT level I test.
  • Eleven students, from 3rd thru 6th grade, took and passed Level II.
  • Twenty-two of twenty-three students took and passed the level III test.
  • Level IV, the highest level of the tests for students, is equivalent to the adult Chinese Proficiency Test level III (HSK) and is the minimum requirement level to enroll in a Chinese university. Two of our sixth graders passed this test and two others missed by 4 and 6 points, respectively.

Congratulations to all the students on this noteworthy accomplishment and to their teacher, Ms. Rangxian Wang.

 

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 see if they qualify for the state championship.

Study resources can be found here: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/study-corner/

On the site, there is also a daily quiz and links to apps you can download to prepare.

French Class Highlights for November

As the French students entered the second quarter of the year they studied the different weather conditions as well as the four seasons. This unit was to be followed by a unit on clothing.

Around that same time the School’s Community Relations committee decided to launch a clothes drive for the Holidays. Cecilia M. a seventh grader in my class suggested that we help in the effort to collect coat, gloves, hats, and scarves with their newly acquired knowledge of the weather and clothing items.

Our students got to work and created posters that were bilingual in French and English that would be placed throughout the school. They prepared bilingual speeches that they used to advertise the coat drive in afternoon announcements. Students also decorated boxes with wrapping paper so that students could deposit their donations.

French Class Seventh Grade

At the moment this article was written we had already collected the school has collected about 100 winter items.

French Coat Drive Poster

La Collecte de Manteaux D’Hiver – The last date for Donations is December 15th – Merci French Students for your leadership in this effort.

Sincerement,
M. Saintus

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 we can share it with the LaSalle II community.

LaSalle II Welcomes Master Painter from China

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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 to paint blossoming trees.  We are honored to have had the opportunity to host and welcome Master Chen.

Students paintings from this day will be displayed in the second floor hallway by the language classrooms.

Please take a look at a few of the pictures by clicking  here.

Support the April 2015 trip to Spain!

http://fundraiser.equalexchange.coop/gifts-more/crafts/wooden-eyeglass-holder.html

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.

Use our school page and help us earn an additional 25% of sales from now until December 31st.  Click on the link below, or copy and paste it into your browser.

http://fundraiser.equalexchange.coop/?fundraiser=LASA006W

Language Nut and Middlebury

Join the World Language teachers for a presentation about new online tools that will be available to all K-8 LaSalle II students. We give a tour of the LanguageNut and Middlebury PowerSpeak websites and show everyone how to log into them.

Where:

  • Room 217 in the Main Building

Who and When:

  • All sessions run 8:00-8:30am
  • Grades K-2: October 22nd (LanguageNut only)
  • Grades 3-5: October 29th (LangugeNut and PowerSpeak)
  • Grades 6-8: November 5th (Language Nut and PowerSpeak)

If you have children in multiple grade levels, we suggest attending either the 10/29 or 11/5 session.

World Language Fest

Thank you to the PTO and Irene Fiorentinos and Ronda Locke for spearheading the committee that put together the festival on Saturday and to the student and parent volunteers! It was a lovely event! We ate delicious food, played, learned, and danced – basically, everything you want in a school festival and more.

We hope to see you all next year!


Nicole Aquino
World Language Coordinator
LaSalle II Magnet School