Senior Lecturer in Italian and German

Adriana Borra received her M.A. in 1994 from the University of Freiburg, Germany. Before coming to the University of Vermont, she taught German and Italian at Ithaca College, at the University of Freiburg and at several private language schools in both Germany and Italy. She is the co-author of German through Film (Yale University Press, 2006), which is a result of her general interest in the teaching of foreign languages. She also co-translated a German autobiographical novel into Italian and translated two Italian novels and a French-Canadian play into German.

Besides teaching she has worked since 1995 as a lexicographer for the PONS Großwörterbuch Italienisch (Klett Verlag, Stuttgart 2002) / Il dizionario di tedesco (Zanichelli Editore, Bologna 2001) and contributed to its newer editions ( the most recent in 2014) and its two compact versions il Tedesco SMART ( Zanichelli 2011, 2nd edition 2015) and PONS Studienausgabe Italienisch ( Klett 2010). The  Großwörterbuch now includes 174.000 entries and 212.000 meanings, false cognates and cultural notes on 2624 pages and is also available as an App, on Kindle and on Zanichelli's online portal. Adriana was also the collaborator for the Learner's dictionary Il tedesco Junior, edited by Silvia Verdiani (Loescher: Turin 2010) and published several articles on lexicographic matters and the teaching of Italian.

Adriana Borra Lecturer in Italian and German

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Language Pedagogy, Lexicography and Translation


  • M.A., University of Freiburg, Germany, 1994


  • (802) 656-0860
Office Location:

508 Waterman