B.A., M.A., University of Vienna
Kirsten MerickaVisiting Lecturer in German Studies
My research interests lie within the field of foreign and second language acquisition and teaching.
I am originally from Vienna, Austria. For my undergraduate degrees, I studied Social Anthropology and Comparative Literature at the University of Vienna. During the academic year of 2009/10, I studied abroad at Wellesley and worked as the German Teaching Assistant. My Master’s thesis in German as a Foreign and Second Language explored the motives of German learners in Brazil and the USA.
At Wellesley College, I teach GER 201 "Intermediate German I" in the fall, and GER 202 “Intermediate German II” and GER 102 “Beginning German II” in the spring. In my language classes, I like to teach with an emphasis on regional and cultural studies—especially on Austrian themes involving history, culture, and the identity of Austria. We’ll discuss current cultural and political events as well as the historic background that shapes the present situation and language including contemporary topics.
I have been working as a German Lector at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, where I taught German language classes from first to fourth year. Prior to that, I taught German at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil as well as in European countries.