Shepard Science Wing

Foreign Language

The Foreign Language department of CHSD 218 believes that all students deserve to be able to communicate in at least two languages. The process of learning to comprehend, speak, read, and write another language develops insight into the nature of language as well as connections to other disciplines. Language learning gives us the tools to connect with others and better understand the world.

Our rigorous course sequences emphasize interpersonal and presentational communicative proficiency in Spanish, French, German, and Arabic. Details about specific courses can be found on the menu to the right.

Placement for Incoming Freshmen
Trying to figure out what language course to take? Follow this flow chart for a recommendation. Any students interested in Spanish for Native Speakers or Arabic for Native Speakers should take this short placement assessment. You will be emailed with a level recommendation. 
Illinois Seal of Biliteracy

Community High School District 218 students have the opportunity to earn the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy by demonstrating high levels of proficiency in English and an additional language, including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian,  Spanish and Thai.


Learn more about the Illinois Seal of Biliteracy here.


Students who are interested in take the AAPPL language proficiency test can request a test date here