World Language Program

LaSalle World Language Program

As a CPS World Language Magnet School, language is central to LaSalle’s mission, and almost daily instruction is provided in Spanish, Mandarin, French or Italian for students from kindergarten through eighth grade.  In addition, students use Rosetta Stone for supplementary online learning, averaging ½ hour to 1 hour per week depending on the student’s grade.  


Language Instruction

LaSalle broadly follows the instructional standards described by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), summarized by the Five Cs:

  • Communication
  • Cultures
  • Connections
  • Comparisons
  • Communities 

The emphasis is on teaching students what they can do and understand with another language, not just learning words.  As part of this approach, other classes at LaSalle may incorporate foreign language or cultural elements, e.g., in books read or songs learned. 

ACTFL Language Fluency Chart

 

Academic Language Accomplishments

Most LaSalle students place into the second or third year of language instruction when they go to high school if they choose to stay with the same language.  High school students who take the AP exam in their language can receive college credit and earlier (and potentially cheaper) college graduation. 

 

Language Awards

Every year LaSalle students qualify for and compete in national and regional language competitions including the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy offered to 5th and 8th grade students. 

 

World Language Student Exchange Program

7th or 8th grade students who meet the program requirements are eligible to travel to a country of their language for a 10-day trip.  Current exchanges are with schools in Madrid Spain, Beijing China, Livorno Italy, and Liffré France.  Each LaSalle student stays with a local family who has a similar aged student at the exchange school, and in turn, the LaSalle family will host that foreign student for a stay in Chicago.  For many students and families, the friendships formed through these exchanges last for years.
  

LLA Student Le Louvre

World Language Student Exchange Program

7th or 8th grade students who meet the program requirements are eligible to travel to a country of their language for a 10-day trip.  Current exchanges are with schools in Madrid Spain, Beijing China, Livorno Italy, and Liffré France.  Each LaSalle student stays with a local family who has a similar aged student at the exchange school, and in turn, the LaSalle family will host that foreign student for a stay in Chicago.  For many students and families, the friendships formed through these exchanges last for years.  

Academic Language Accomplishments

Most LaSalle students place into the second or third year of language instruction when they go to high school if they choose to stay with the same language.  High school students who take the AP exam in their language can receive college credit and earlier (and potentially cheaper) graduation. 

 

Language Awards

Every year LaSalle students qualify for and compete in national and regional language competitions including the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy offered to 5th and 8th grade students.  

Academic Language Accomplishments

Most LaSalle students place into the second or third year of language instruction when they go to high school if they choose to stay with the same language.  High school students who take the AP exam in their language can receive college credit and earlier (and potentially cheaper) graduation. 

 

Language Awards

Every year LaSalle students qualify for and compete in national and regional language competitions including the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy offered to 5th and 8th grade students.