German I

A.Y. 2018/2019
Overall hours
Learning objectives
At the end of the course, both beginners and advanced students are required to
- Understand and produce short written texts in German of different textual genres at an A2-B1 level. Particular attention will be given to the more common forms of communication, such as emails and discussion forums;
- Read selectively German texts (A2-B1 level), which describe the academic world and are of significance for the students (e. g. university websites, city descriptions, websites of German universities which are important for spending a semester or a year as exchange students);
- Reflect on the differences between the German and other languages (in particular Italian and English);
- Read words and sentences written with the International phonetic alphabet;
- Analyse morphological and syntactical German texts.

With reference to morphology, they are required to:
- Recognise the internal structure of complex German words, also by comparing them with Italian and English words and by producing the correct tree-diagram to represent the structure;
- Understand the meaning of contextualized words by applying word formation rules, the context, where they appear, and the similarities to words of other languages (like Italian and English);
- Classify the different types of morphemes in complex words;
- Use specialist terms to describe linguistic phenomena referring to morphology.

With reference to syntax, students are expected to:
- Recognise constituents, phrases and sentences;
- Recognise the syntactic functions of constituents (e.g. subject, object) in a sentence;
- Explain the structure of German main clauses and of subordinate clauses with the model of the Felderanalyse:
- Build correct German sentences (in particular declarative, interrogative and imperative sentences).
Expected learning outcomes
Use phonological, morphological and syntactical knowledge in concrete and authentic contexts (good pronunciation, reading sentences in IPA, individuation of morphemes, comprehension of the meaning of words, building of correct German sentences);
Describe with an adequate terminology linguistic phenomena, which belong to various areas (e. g. classification of compounds, types of morphemes, art of sentences);
Analyse short German texts (A2-B1 level), which are not object of the lectures, from an information point of view (i. e. contents) and from a linguistic perspective (i.e. phonetics, syntax and morphology);
Write brief texts, which belong to specific textual genres and are connected to the major topics explained in the lectures.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Teaching Unit 1
L-LIN/14 - LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - GERMAN - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Teaching Unit 2
L-LIN/14 - LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - GERMAN - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Teaching Unit 3
L-LIN/14 - LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - GERMAN - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours