Katharina Barbe - NIU - Foreign Languages & Literatures


Katharina Barbe

Katharina Barbe

Associate Professor of German


PhD, MA Rice University, Linguistics 
BA, University of Houston, English

Research Interests

I studied in Berlin at the Pädagogische Hochschule and the Technische Universität before coming to the US on a DAAD scholarship. After receiving a BA in English (University of Houston) and an MA and a PhD in Linguistics (Rice University), I accepted a position at the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures at Northern Illinois University, where I am now Chair. 

I have published two books and several articles in a variety of journals, among them Journal of Pragmatics and Unterrichtspraxis. Over the years I have presented over 60 papers and am very busy with conducting workshops. At NIAATG I have served two terms as Program Chair, then Vice President, President and Past President. In 2013 my latest book was published: Deutsch als Fremdsprache – Prüfungstraining - AP®, written with V. Langeheine, N. Nagel, S. Piwek, J. Stark, and F. Stübing. With the same collaborators, I also received a STEM Articulation Grant from the Netzwerk Deutsch, which resulted in 131-page workbook with STEM-related teaching units. I am a recipient of the Goethe-Institut/AATG Certificate of Merit. As a member of the Goethe-Institut Trainernetzwerk, where I regularly attend workshops, I am a frequent presenter at local, regional, national and international conferences. I offer workshops especially on the following topics: 

Deutsch für den Beruf – von Anfang an
STEM/MINT im Deutschunterricht
Spielerisch Deutsch lernen  Barbe Book2  Barbe Book1
Das Lied als Einstieg in die Geschichte

Classes I teach regularly

German language acquisition classes at all levels

FLGE 411 - Modern German
FLGE 481 - Structure of the German Language
FLGE 482 - Techniques of Translation I
FLGE 484 - Techniques of Translation II
FLGE 412 - Business German I
FLGE 414 - Business German II
Independent Studies on many different linguistic topics

Together with colleagues, I am a founding organizer of the Northern Illinois College German Immersion Day. The third Immersion Day will be held at College of DuPage on April 18, 2015. I am an active member of the following organizations:

AATG (American Association of Teachers of German)
ATA (American Translators Association)
GfdS (Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache)
ICTFL (Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages)
Trainer Netzwerk der Deutschlehrer im Mittleren Westen

For more information, please consult my CV .

E-mail Katharina Barbe
Watson Hall 111
(815) 753-1259