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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)

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German Long-Term Substitute Teacher (Aug. 11 - Nov. 10 2022)
Salary: $130/day first 20 days of assignment, $200 after first 20 days of assignment.
Apply online here.


$$$ Professional Grants Available! $$$

Are you a current AATG member and a currently active teacher interested in professional development?

Or are you a postsecondary student interested in advancing your German skills and training?

Grants of $250 are available to qualifying applicants. Click here for further information. Application deadline is June 1.


Germany's Perspective on the War in Ukraine

Educators: are you interested in learning more about #Germany’s perspective on the War in #Ukraine and related topics like refugees, “Zeitenwende”, NATO and more? Then join @TOPteachGermany for a Q&A Session with TOP-Alumna Amy Perkins and Michael Ahrens of @GermanyinUSA on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at 4:30 PM EST via Zoom.

Infos & Anmeldung hier:

🌳 NoIL AATG Frühlingstreffen und Workshop 🌷

Samstag, 7. Mai 2022

Wir freuen uns schon auf unseren Spring Workshop und das Chapter Meeting:

Deutsch Lernen geht durch den Magen

Workshop mit Gisela Höcherl-Alden (Boston University); Happy Hour und Biertasting mit Colin Benert (University of Chicago) und Rob Ryder (Northwestern University)

Bitte im Voraus die vorgeschlagenen Änderungen zur NoIL-AATG Verfassung lesen! Wir müssen am 7. Mai als Chapter über die Änderungen abstimmen.

Rationale for Proposed Changes:

Wenn es Fragen gibt, bitte uns eine Mail schicken:

Wir freuen uns auf ein Wiedersehen im Mai!

College Immersion Day

May 7, 2022

We are thrilled to ask you to save the date and tell your students about the ninth annual Northern Illinois German College Immersion Day which is scheduled to take place in person from 9:00 am – 2 pm on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at the Goethe-Institut Chicago.

This year’s theme is Vom Kaffeehaus zum Biergarten: Kultur und Küche im deutschsprachigen Raum

The day will include interactive language and culture workshops structured around engaging topics related to communication and cuisine in German-speaking regions such as the Gummibärchen, the history of the Viennese Kaffeehaus, how to brew beer, Döner & Currywurst, all about bread, and multicultural influences as represented through food! We will also have German-style food, lots of fun and cool prizes and activities. College students at all levels of German are welcome! We recommend that you build the event into your syllabus and encourage your students to attend and to receive credits. Special guest workshop leaders include Franziska Trepke, Goethe-Institut Chicago, and Professor Mohamed Esa, McDaniel College.

If you are interested in attending, contributing, or helping out during the day, please let us know.

Please forward the information to your students and interested parties. The fee will be $10.00 per student.

Registration form here:

Students should register by Wednesday, April 27!

Questions? Contact!

The 2022 Awards are in!


Congratulations to the 172 Northern Illinois students who took the Level 1 exam and to their teachers! Eighteen students scored at the gold medal level, and another 55 students achieved silver or bronze medals--a total of more than 40% of our students who took the exam! Thank you to their teachers for giving them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned! Winners are posted here.


This year 951 students of Northern Illinois teachers took the National German Exam at Levels 2, 3, and 4, the highest number of any AATG chapter. 104 students will receive gold medals, 92 silver, and 102 bronze. We congratulate all our high achievers and remind our colleagues that certificates can be downloaded from the AATG website. The national office has promised that medals will be sent in a few weeks, and we will do our best to get them to you promptly.

Congratulations to the 172 Northern Illinois students who took the Level 1 National German Examination! Special congratulations go to the 18 gold medalists, 32 silver medalists, and 23 bronze medalists! And a big thank you to their teachers for giving them the opportunity to show their stuff!

🥇 A full list of winners is available here. 🥇

Ten students were brave enough to submit to the application process, which included a 20-minute virtual interview entirely in German with a panel of German teachers, for which we would like to give them special recognition:
Michael Fleming, Shelby Flynn, Alma Francez, Atharva Gawde, Heiko Halwax, Nikita Khurana, Patrick Kompare, Nicholas Rolain, Emma Shepherd, Preston Wright

Two students will receive the 2022 Concordia Language Villages Stipend, sponsored by the Swiss Benevolent Society/CLV and our own Northern Illinois Chapter:
Nikita Khurana (Metea Valley H.S.), and Nicholas Rolain (Barrington H.S.).

Four students nominated by our chapter to the national AATG committee were chosen for the
2022 AATG study trip award:
Shelby Flynn (Benet Academy), Alma Francez (University of Chicago Laboratory Schools), Atharva Gawde (Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy), and Emma Shepherd (Neuqua Valley H.S.).

The Klett USA Award goes to Andy Tang (IMSA). We also congratulate two seniors who performed exceptionally well: Zoe Petrowiak (Oswego East H.S.) and Alison Klemstein (Vernon Hills H.S.).

We are proud to announce the names of this year’s recipients of the NOIL AATG Collegiate Award of Excellence! These students are nominated by their professors for their leadership, academic excellence, and drive to promote the German language and culture.

🥇 Northern Illinois University Abigail Gwendolin Bresnan (nominated by Jessamine Cooke-Plagwitz)

🥇 Northwestern University: Gretchen Faliszek (nominated by Ingrid Zeller)

🥇 University of Illinois at Chicago: Nathan La Mantia (nominated by Imke Meyer)



Samstag, den 19. Februar

Thema: Lesestrategien & Jugendliteratur mit Angelika Becker

Das Programm findet man hier:

Vielen Dank an Angelika Becker und alle Teilnehmer*innen für die tolle Ideen und Diskussionen!


Materialien von vergangenen Workshops und
Immersionswochenenden sind hier zu finden!


Noch mehr Infos!


COVID Updates - Wir treffen uns! Juhuu!

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