Middlebury Language Schools offer 8 SPARK for German Fellowships, made possible by the Goethe-Institut, American Association of Teachers of German (AATG), and Middlebury College, to students in the German School (both 7-week Immersion and Graduate).
Fellowships are $1500 to attend the Middlebury Language Schools in German. The fellowship can be in addition to need-based financial aid.
SPARK fellows will attend an interactive twice-weekly workshop on teaching German as a foreign language in addition to classes in the German School. This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to the most current theories in and approaches to teaching German to children and include practical and fun ways to apply their new knowledge.
· B1+ level minimum, German (equivalent to 2+ years of College-level German)*
· Enrolled as a student at a SPARK College or University in the US (“SPARK Labs”)
· Interest in exploring a career as a K-12 teacher for German (no experience required)
· Good academic standing
· Available in fall 2023 or spring 2024 to support an after-school program in German once a week as a SPARK Fellow. These programs might be in person or online.
*Highly motivated applicants with lesser linguistic abilities can apply for a grant to reach the required linguistic proficiency prior to summer 2023 by enrolling in an online German course offered by the Goethe-Institute.
Applications are due by 11:59 PM EST, January 3.
To apply for the SPARK Fellowship:
- Submit a complete Language Schools application to the German School.
- Email Professor Susanne Rinner (Director, SPARK for German, email@example.com) and Professor Bettina Matthias (Director, Middlebury German School, firstname.lastname@example.org):
- Letter of interest (including information on your motivation and possible experience with teaching)
- Current CV
- Letter of recommendation (current or recent German professor/ teacher)
Notification of Fellowship
Students will be notified about the status of the fellowship by email on or around February 1.