Administration, School in Germany

Heike Fahrenberg PhD, Associate Professor and Director of the School in Germany

(PhD in American Studies (2006), Teacher State Exam I in German and English, M.A. in German, English and American Studies Johannes Gutenberg University 1997) has been the director of the Middlebury School in Germany since 2000. Heike’s connection with Middlebury began in 1994-95, when she was the German Assistant in Middlebury's German Department.  Following additional academic work and an awarded lectureship in English at U.C. Davis 1997-1998, she returned to Mainz to become a lecturer in the American Studies Department until August 2000, when she became the director of Middlebury's School in Germany. She completed her PhD in 2006 and continued to be a guest lecturer in JGu’s American Studies Department till 2009.  She has been a pioneer in documenting and assessing students' language acquisition and intercultural competence through the development of a culture portfolio course.  Most recently, (in 2014) she teamed up with her colleague, Prof. Sanae Eda, Director of the Middlebury School in Japan, to co-present on "Teaching Language and Culture: Integrated Portfolios in Japan and Germany" at the ACFTL Conference. 

Barbara Bosch, M.A., Assistant Director

Barbara earned her M.A. (American Studies) at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz in 2010 and a further degree in Adult Foreign Language Education specializing in German as a Foreign Language in 2014. Her connection to Middlebury started in 2006, when she was the German assistant in Middlebury's German Department. Barbara has lived, studied and worked in the United States and returned to the Middlebury Campus as the Bi-Lingual Assistant of the German School in the summer of 2010. Since transferring to Berlin in 2011, she has been guiding students through the German host culture, helping them develop their intercultural competence, language proficiency and career skills. She has a professional interest in intercultural teaching, second-language acquisition and effective immersion.

The German School

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
P: 802.443.5203
F: 802.443.2075

Mailing address
German School
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753

Tina Ellison, Coordinator
germanschool@middlebury.edu