Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

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Niko Tracksdorf

  • German IEP Coordinator; Instructor of German
  • TI House
  • Phone: 401.874.2361
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  • Office Location: University of Rhode Island
    61 Upper College Road
    Kingston, RI 02881


Niko Tracksdorf was born in Germany and has a Staatsexamen in English as a Foreign Language, Mathematics, Social Sciences, and Education from the University of Duisburg-Essen (2010). He also has an M.A. in German Studies (2012) and a Ph.D. in Literatures, Cultures and Languages (2017) from the University of Connecticut.

Before coming to the University of Rhode Island, Niko worked as a Teaching Assistant for the EUROTECH program, a dual degree program in German and Engineering at the University of Connecticut. He has developed and taught three content-based German language courses for the program: “Roller Coasters – The Thrill of German Engineering,” “Designing the Car of the Future,” and “Intermediate German for Engineers.”  In the upcoming academic year 2017/18, he will offer these courses for the first time at URI. Look for GER 105 and 201 in the fall semester and GER 106 and 202 in the spring semester. In recognition of his innovative approaches to combine German and Engineering in the classroom, he was honored with a university-wide award for Excellence in Teaching. Since 2011, he has been organizing and leading three German-Engineering Summer Abroad programs, and toured sites of cultural, historical, or technological significance with students. He is excited to go abroad with the IEP student during the J-Term 2018.

Niko currently serves on the German for Professional Purposes Committee of the American Association of Teachers of German. In his dissertation, Situated Language Learning in Authentic STEM Environments, he examined the impact that German-Engineering learning environments have on student language learning and motivation.

Niko is very excited to be joining the German IEP team at the University of Rhode Island, and to help prepare the German IEP students for their study, work, and life abroad.

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