The Middlebury College Language Schools are pleased to announced that the German School has been designated as a German Center of Excellence by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG). The award was announced at the 2013 ACTFL convention in Orlando, Florida.
Only two programs on the post-secondary level received this high distinction this year. The jurors found the German School's programming excellent in every category.
In particular, the jury was impressed that the German School's program is so well established and growing. There is clear evidence that the program has strong support from the administration, professional colleagues, alumni, and students, and has strong ties to the wider campus and community. Extracurricular activities and special events are clearly integral elements of the program.
Furthermore, the selection panel noted the exemplary faculty with credentials appropriate to their teaching assignments and an appropriate faculty–student ratio. The application provided clear evidence of continuing faculty development at local, state, and national levels. The opportunity for faculty to collaborate regularly and evidence of self-evaluation and shared program goals are to be commended.
Most impressive is the program's curriculum. There is a clear, articulated sequence of instructional programming that is standards-based and reflects current methodologies. Outcomes at each instructional level are clearly articulated and diverse learning styles are respected through varied instructional and assessment techniques. The materials used in the program are culturally authentic and interdisciplinary connections have been established.
AATG concluded that the German School at Middlebury College values its students. The jury noted that faculty members clearly value student feedback and the application provided abundant evidence of the good rapport the faculty has with its students. According to the jurors, the German School is truly a program that is designed to meet the needs of its students.