World Languages


The World Languages Department offers five-year programs in French, Spanish, and German, as well as English as a Second Language. It is recommended that students continue their study of language to fulfill college entrance requirements, to enrich understanding and appreciation of another culture, to broaden their liberal education, to meet career goals, and to enhance travel opportunities.

Students entering from junior high schools with the equivalent of one year of high school language should enroll in Level II of the particular language based on teacher recommendation. Students entering with the equivalent of one semester of high school language should enroll in the full year of Level I of the particular language unless otherwise recommended by the teacher. Students will enroll in English as a Second Language based on language proficiency testing.


Also available to students for language enhancement and to bring culture alive are extracurricular activities and clubs. Check out the French Club, German Club and World Language Club!


The following links are available for free to help study and better understand vocabulary and grammar in the target language. They provide exercises, quizzes, tests, games and more study resources:


District 99 plans educational trips to foreign lands during spring vacation and summer. Usually students have the opportunity to visit the land of the language which they are studying at some point during a four-year period. Such trips are offered depending on the availability of chaperones and student interest in participation.

An example of one of these exchanges programs is the GAPP-German American Partnership Program in which students from Thomas Mann Schule Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein come to DGN for a couple weeks and vice versa:


Josh Bodenheimer

Faculty, DGN - World Languages

  • (630) 795-8121

Gunde Burritt

Faculty, DGN - World Languages

  • (630) 795-8120

Ruth Dukala

Faculty, DGN - World Languages

  • 630-795-8114

Abigail Elf

Faculty, DGN - World Languages

  • (630) 795-8104

Paula Fernandez

Faculty, DGN - World Languages

  • (630) 795-8060

Jose Gonzalez

Faculty, DGN - World Languages

  • (630) 795-8119

Lynn Hamilton

Faculty, DGN - World Languages

  • 630-795-8118

Anne Herrmann

Faculty, DGN - World Languages

  • 630-795-8045

Kelly Houlihan

Faculty, DGN - World Languages

  • 630-795-8059

Joel Kapitaniuk

Faculty, DGN - World Languages

  • (630) 795-8113

Elizabeth Lee

Department Chair, DGN - World Languages

  • 630-795-8111

Jennifer Mariman

Faculty, DGN - World Languages

  • 630-795-8117

Sue McGrath Zahller

Lab Aide, DGN - World Languages

Paula Rada

Lab Aide, DGN - World Languages

  • (630) 795-8329

Jeanne Seyller

Faculty, DGN - World Languages

  • 630-795-8115

Nancy Turner

Faculty, DGN - World Languages

  • 630-795-8119