World Language Program
  Proudly sponsored by the Whittier PTO!

ATTENTION 3rd, 4th and 5th GRADERS! Are you interested in learning another language? Sign-up for Whittier’s lunchtime World Language enrichment classes! 

  • Classes start October 11th to March/April
  • Classes will meet once a week during lunch,12:10pm-1:10pm
  • Cost is $180 for 20 classes 


  • Mondays - French
  • Tuesdays - German
  • Wednesdays - Mandarin


  • Registration opens September 21st and ends October 3rd. 
  • Registration is online at the PTO website below. You must have an account on the PTO website in order to access the registration information.  Click on Login and Create Account if you haven’t done this already. 



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




Whittier’s PTO has several scholarships available to those in need (maximum one course per child). Please email to request a scholarship for World Language. Scholarships, like all World Language classes, are first-come,  first served. No scholarship requests will be accepted after September 28th. 




World Language Program Instructors 

French – Lori Robert 

Lori Robert is a former Whittier parent and a fluent French-speaking mother of two. She completed a French minor at the University of Arizona and spent a year living and teaching 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. This will be her sixth year teaching French at Whittier, and her fifth year at Lincoln. She has also taught French at Hatch, Irving, and will teach a new class at Mann this year. Her classes will focus on speaking and comprehension through fun songs, projects, games, and stories. The students will learn about French culture and cuisine while building essential vocabulary.


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.  


Mandarin - Paul Chan

A native Mandarin speaker, Yen-Pu Paul Chen received formal education in Taiwan, has lived/worked in Beijing as an expatriate and traveled extensively in China for work. He speaks Mandarin with a neutral accent, has a practical vocabulary for different audiences or social settings, and is proficient in both
traditional and simplified Chinese characters. He has thorough understanding of the challenges that
non-Chinese speakers may be facing, which has allowed him to develop his own unique teaching
approaches to ensure that students can efficiently learn the most accurate pronunciation, as well as the
ability to conduct effective communication with an appropriate degree of sophistication in any given
social setting. He is enthusiastic about creative writing and translation, and is passionate about sharing
his love of languages and cultures. He regularly gets compliments from native speakers on his accents
when he tries other languages, and he loves to advance his French!








World Language