Katharina Barbe

Research Interests

I studied in Berlin at the Pädagogische Hochschule and the Technische Universität before coming to the U.S. on a DAAD scholarship. After receiving a B.A. in English (University of Houston) and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in linguistics (Rice University), I accepted a position at the Department of Foreign Languages and 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 a 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
  • Das Lied als Einstieg in die Geschichte

Frequently Taught Classes

  • 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

Katharina Barbe
Associate Professor of German and Chair
Office: WH 111
P: 815-753-1259



Ph.D., M.A. Rice University, Linguistics
B.A., University of Houston, English

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