World Languages Department

The World Languages Department at Grayslake North is committed to preparing our students to communicate in other languages within and beyond the classroom setting.  In our classes we focus on the four communication skills; listening, reading, writing and speaking and provide students with engaging opportunities for success with the language.  Our goal is for students to acquire language in a natural, contextualized manner.  In addition, research supports and proves that students who study another language will improve in their first language which will strengthen student performance across other disciplines.  We encourage our students to take language for four years and to explore the benefits language can provide in their future.  With four years of language study, students may also receive college credit and be exempt from college graduation requirements.

Valerie Padgett-Krause
Department Chair

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Grayslake North is excited to present another travel opportunity for our Spanish class students where we will travel to Peru during spring break 2025.  We will travel within Peru for 11 days visiting several locations.  We will visit the capital of Lima, the cultural capital of Cusco, experience amazing views of several Incan ruin sites including Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo to name a few, travel to Lake Titicaca (the world's highest navigable lake in the world at 12,000 ft above sea level), learn about the people of Taquile Island and see the floating Islands of Uros, travel to Paracas where we will visit the Paracas National Park, go to Morón Oasis in the desert and see the sea lions and penguins in their natural habitat at the Islas Ballestas.  I have attached the full itinerary of this amazing trip if you are interested in viewing all the details!

We will have an informational meeting on February 8th, 2024 at 6pm in C105 to discuss the details of the trip including costs, activities, accommodations, food, etc.  If you are interested in hearing more about this trip and attending this meeting, please click this link to RSVP for the meeting or scan the QR code below from this flyer.

RSVP to Peru Meeting on 2/8 at 6:00pm in C105


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