Follow us!

Visit us on Facebook and Twitter for more ways to stay connected & get great resources on e-learning and more...


The NOILAATG Chapter serves teachers of every level of instruction (PreK-Collegiate) in the Northern Illinois area. We are here to help provide information, professional development, materials and resources, as well as to provide a place for collaboration and support for each other.

AATG Mission Statement

The mission of the AATG is based on the belief that bringing the language, literatures and cultures of the German-speaking world to all Americans is a vital humanistic endeavor which serves essential national interests. It's the only national individual membership organization dedicated to the advancement and improvement of the language, literature, and culture of the German-speaking countries.

A long-standing history of dedication to building international relationships

The American Association of Teachers of German, Inc., (AATG) was founded in 1926 by several German professors and teachers who wished to promote and improve the teaching of German language and culture, and to foster friendship between the United States and German-speaking countries. The association offered programs to stimulate interest in German studies, facilitate occasional student and teacher exchange, foster international education, provide audio-visual language teaching aids, and produce publications. (The AATG, Inc. Records, 1969-1981)

Would you like to support the NOIL AATG programs we offer?



** Mehr Infos im Rundbrief und bei den Links unten**

🍁🍂🌻 🍂🍁🍂🌻🍂🍁


Samstag, den 16. Oktober um 9.00 Uhr

Goethe-Institut Chicago or via Zoom

Weitere Infos & Anmeldeformular:

Um bei PayPal zu bezahlen, hier klicken:



  • 9:00-10:00am- Chapter Meeting

  • 10:15am-12:00pm- Workshop: Deutschland nach den Wahlen- Aktuelle Themen für den Unterricht (Referentin Theresa Fuchs)

  • 12:00pm- Lunch


Goethe-Institut Chicago, 150 N Michigan Ave #200, Chicago

or online via Zoom. Link will be emailed to registrants.


Please register before Saturday, October 9.

Registration Fee:

$20 for in-person attendees

$10 for Zoom attendees

Free for first-time attendees

Submit registration fee via PayPal to

Indicate "Fall Workshop 21 in person" or "Fall Workshop 21 on Zoom"

Zoom attendees will receive a link the week before the event!

Important Information for In-Person Attendees:

The Goethe-Institut requires that each visitor bring proof of vaccination OR proof of a negative COVID test completed no more than 72 hours before the meeting. Temperatures will be taken upon arrival, and we will remain masked during the meeting and workshop. During lunch, we will eat socially-distanced inside, or, weather permitting, go to Millennium Park to eat outdoors. Lunch will be catered by Corner Bakery.

Questions? Please contact Program Chair, Holly Anetsberger, at For payment questions, contact Treasurer, Karina Duncker-Hoffmann, at


National German Exam Registration

Registration starts October 1
Details here!



October 20-22, 2021
ICTFL is entirely online this year.
Registration link here.


Bundestagswahl - Fortbildungsserie

Im Herbst wird in Deutschland ein neuer Bundestag gewählt! Im August und September veranstaltete das Goethe-Institut Chicago eine virtuelle Fortbildungsserie für Lehrkräfte. Hier sind die Materialien von der Fortbildungsserie:



Wir gratulieren!

2021 Awards have been announced!

Click here for the full list of awardees among our educators, university students and National German Exam testers.


The Northern Illinois Chapter honors two colleagues in 2021, with the Klett USA award and our own Outstanding German Educator Award of Excellence.

This year we recognize Anette Bliss, teacher at (Burlington) Central High School, with the Klett USA award. Anette teaches German, serves as department chair, and stepped in to teach at the middle school when a vacancy arose this year. Heidi Lechner praised Anette’s “attendance and enthusiastic participation at all local AATG events” in her letter of nomination, citing especially Anette’s participation in all our Sommer-Stammtische and her long-term commitment to our immersion weekends. We have all witnessed Anette’s engaged and eager pursuit of ideas to improve instruction for her students and heartily commend her for it.

We recognize Matt Harring, teacher at Plainfield South High School, with the 2021 Outstanding German Educator Award of Excellence. In her letter of nomination Ingrid Zeller highlighted Matt’s presentations for our chapter, our immersion weekend, and ICTFL on issues of social justice, racism, and stereotypes. Matt is also an AP reader, a frequent contributor to Friends of AATG and FLACH Facebook pages, and a writer for the national AATG newsletter (as well as our own chapter newsletter). We are also grateful for his service as chapter secretary! Matt has demonstrated excellence in teaching and in support of colleagues, and we are pleased to commend him for his many contributions.


$$ Grants & Scholarships Available! $$


The Northern Illinois Chapter of the AATG announces grants of $250 to encourage members actively teaching to attend professional conferences, seminars, and courses that enable them to develop their knowledge and skills for teaching German.

Applicants should submit a resume and statement of purpose, describing how attendance will contribute to their professional development. Evidence of registration and attendance will be expected after the event.

Applications must be received by May 1, 2021. Please submit materials to or to Kathleen Betterman, 6108 S. Kimbark Ave. Apt. 1E, Chicago, IL 60637-2825.


The Northern Illinois Chapter of the AATG announces grants of $250 to post-secondary students to encourage them to join professional organizations, to participate in seminars and conferences, and to travel to events or places where German is spoken.

Applicants should submit a resume, a written statement of approximately 150 words describing their purpose, and a letter of recommendation from a professor at their institution. Evidence of participation will be expected after the event.

Applications must be received by May 1, 2021. Please submit materials to or to Kathleen Betterman, 6108 S. Kimbark Ave. Apt. 1E, Chicago, IL 60637-2825.

Immersion Weekend 2021 - Online & Virtual!

Unser Thema: Feste und Feiertage

🖋 Hier sind die Materialien und Links zum Wochenende,
including a recording of our Zoom meeting,

Fragen? Contact


Noch mehr Infos!


COVID Updates

Due to the current global health crisis, we continue to offer virtual meetings and activities.
Look for future virtual events!


We hope you and yours are safe and healthy. Wir freuen uns auf ein zukünftiges Wiedersehen!