The German house is a fun place and possibly the most exciting language house on campus. Students and a young teaching assistant from Germany live there and organize a variety of informal activities (parties, movie nights, cooking, tutoring sessions, and also Kaffeestunde), all connected to the German language and culture. Students agree to speak German as much as possible, in order to imitate the German way of life and learn to use German in their daily activities.
Kaffeestunde, the weekly coffee hour at the German House, has become a cherished tradition. Students and professors gather from 4:30 to 6:00 on Friday afternoons for informal German conversation, freshly-baked pies and cakes and delicious coffee. Children and friends are most welcome.
Several times each semester, students gather to watch a German movie together. Whether someone has never seen Lola Rennt or Das Leben der Anderen or is dying to see it again, anyone can request a film by asking the resident to schedule it.
Theme Parties and Special Occasions
Oktoberfest, Christmas-tree trimming and cookie baking, or Karneval—there are numerous reasons for students to celebrate at the German House. New suggestions for parties are always welcome.
Students wishing to live in the German House submit a short application form to the German House adviser in January.
In October 2009, the German Department joined world-wide celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Cold War Berlin Wall. Students and faculty together built (and later dismantled) a replica of the Wall on campus.
Middlebury’s German Department offers its students much more than just excellent in-class instruction and a unique study-abroad experience. Co- and extra-curricular offerings abound as you can see. (Click the links for photos and more details.)
The German House is a fun place and possibly the most exciting language house on campus. Students and a young teaching assistant from Germany live there and organize a variety of informal interactive activities (parties, movie nights, cooking, tutoring sessions, and also Kaffeestunde, the weekly coffee hour), all connected to the German language and culture. Students agree to speak German as much as possible, in order to imitate the German way of life and promote the study of German in their daily activities and functions.
Currently housed in the Redfield Proctor dining hall, the language tables offer students a place to speak and listen together over lunch. The German table is a very popular place to meet students who have just returned from abroad or have other great stories to tell, or to chat with the German assistant and German professors to practice German with a native speaker! Guten Appetit!
Since 2001, Middlebury’s German Department has had a standing and very successful German Theater Group. Between 2002 and 2010, it won Mt. Holyoke College's German Theater Competition six times! Founded and directed by Prof. Bettina Matthias, this group stages one or two full-length plays in German each year. Previous productions include Anatols Größenwahn (A. Schnitzler), Reigen (A. Schnitzler), Die Physiker and Romulus der Große (F. Dürrenmatt), Zieh den Stecker raus, das Wasser kocht (E. Kishon) as well as Urfaust (W. Goethe) and Die Dreigroschenoper (B. Brecht/ K. Weill).
For more information, e-mail Prof. Matthias
The German Department publishes a Newsletter every semester. If you want to know what is going on in the department, what students are doing on campus and abroad, what classes in and about German(y) are offered at Middlebury—and if you love solving German crossword puzzles, this is the place to look.