World Language Program


ATTENTION 2ND-5TH GRADERS! Are you interested in learning another language? Sign up for Whittier’s lunchtime World Language enrichment classes! This year, you can choose from French, German, American Sign Language, or Hindi (new!) running from October to March/April (20 classes total). Classes meet during the entire lunch hour (55 minutes, from 11:30am-12:25pm) once a week. 



Registration is ONLINE ONLY THIS YEAR! If you have difficulty getting internet access during the registration period, please email or call the Whittier office at 708-524-3080 for special accommodations.

  • Registration opens September 20th and ends on October 2nd.
  • All classes start the week of October 7th and run through March/April.
  • After registration, your child’s instructor will contact you with a list of exact class dates.
  • Early birds register by September 25th to save $10/class!
  • All classes are eligible for cancellation due to low registration (minimum 6 students).



  • Mondays - French ($170 / $160 early bird)
  • Wednesdays - Hindi ($170 / $160 early bird)
  • Thursdays - German ($170 / $160 early bird)
  • Fridays - American Sign Language ($170 / $160 early bird)


If your child has any special needs to consider, please let us know. We will make every effort to accommodate everyone!


Whittier’s PTO will continue to offer need-based scholarships to those who qualify (maximum one course per child). Scholarships, like all World Language classes, are first-come, first-served. No scholarship requests will be accepted after September 30th.



To enroll your student in a World Language class, please login to Membership Toolkit. Then, from the main navigation bar, under "My Account" select "My Forms/Paperwork".

If you scroll down to the last "New Forms" section, you should see a World Language Program Registration form for each of your students in 2nd-5th Grade:


To register:

  1. Complete the form for each student that you are enrolling in a World Language course. 
  2. When you have completed all your registration forms, select "Pay Now" to checkout and pay for your courses online.
  3. If you are requesting a scholarship please select the "Apply For Scholarship" button. 

The deadline for Scholarships and Early Bird Pricing is Wednesday, September 25, 2019.


QUESTIONS? Contact PTO World Language Chair, Lori Robert at


World Language Program Instructors


French  – Lori Robert

Lori Robert is a Whittier parent and the PTO World Language Chair. This is her fourth year teaching French at Whittier and Hatch, and her third year at Lincoln.  She is a fluent French speaker, raising two bilingual children along with her French husband.  She completed a French minor at the University of Arizona and spent a year abroad in Paris. She also has experience teaching private lessons and co-teaching with her husband for the French-Speaking Children’s Group of Oak Park. Her classes will focus on speaking and comprehension through fun songs, projects, games, and stories.


German - Lisa Krueger Peters

Lisa Krueger Peters spent a year abroad at University in Germany and Austria before receiving her Illinois Teaching Certificate in German Language and then going on to teach German in high school (levels I, II, III, & IV), junior high (7th & 8th grades), and elementary school levels (K - 6) over a 25+ year career. Her classes emphasize having fun while employing listening and speaking skills to complete small and large hands-on projects, as well as singing songs, playing games, reading books, and many other educational activities.


American Sign Language - Stephanie Hartman

Stephanie Hartman is a Julian and OPRF parent. This is her fourth year teaching American sign language at Irving and her third at Whittier. She was a licensed and certified educational interpreter and has experience teaching ASL enrichment classes at schools and in private lessons. Her classes will focus on learning about Deaf Culture and ASL through hands-on activities, games, skits, and short videos. Lessons include signs related to family, food, animals, school, emotions, and seasons.


Hindi - Vipanchi Raghu

Vipanchi Raghu is a freelance learning designer and consultant. She has over 12 years of experience in designing learning in corporate companies. Additionally, she enjoys teaching language and culture explorations through interactive stories and activities at Academia (an Institute of Language and Culture). She also teaches at an Indian Sunday School. She holds a Masters degree in English literature with a focus on Indian Writing. As a parent of a 12 year old child, she believes passionately in raising global citizens and looks forward to contributing to the World Language program at Whittier!

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