German

A.Y. 2019/2020
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-LIN/14
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course is aimed at both beginner students and advanced students. For beginners, the goal is to reach the A2 level of the German language. For advanced students, the objective is to consolidate previous linguistic knowledge. The aim of the course for all participants is the acquisition of basic skills in the analysis of legal, political and business texts (e.g. protection of human rights, political system, foreign policy, economy and innovation).
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course students will be able to:
1. Actively use grammar knowledge in solving various types of written exercises.
2. Analyze texts discussed in lessons (articles in magazines and newspapers, essays, etc.) in written and oral form (e.g. answer questions on the content and on specific terms; propose an appropriate translation).
3. Produce short German texts (e.g. summaries and re-elaboration of the texts analyzed in class).
4. Independently understand and analyze German texts on specialized topics (law and economics) and on general topics similar to those analyzed in class.
5. Know how to respond orally to questions on non-specialized topics (presenting oneself, describing one's own course of study, etc.) and on specialized topics (translating terms from Italian into German and from German into Italian relating to the texts analyzed; summarizing the texts).
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second trimester
Course syllabus
The programme is the same for attending and non-attending students. Students who are unable to attend the course must contact Professor Crestani for guidance on how to prepare for the exam.

UNIT 1
Introduction to online tools for independent German study from a long-life learning perspective.
Analysis of specialized and non-specialized written and oral texts, including German audio-visual products: the analysis is aimed at content and grammatical elements (mainly articles and nouns; pronouns; adjectives; verbs; sentence structure).
Bibliography
Online tools: slides available on Ariel (starting from January 2020).
Specialized and non-specialized texts dealt with in class: website in German https://www.tatsachen-ueber-deutschland.de/de; slides available on Ariel (starting from January 2020).
Grammar: Reimann, Monika (2012): Grundstufen-Grammatik für Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Hueber (also available in Italian: Grammatica di base della lingua tedesca. Con esercizi. Hueber)
For international non-Italian speaking students: website in German https://www.tatsachen-ueber-deutschland.de/de (German and English); Niebisch Daniela/Hohmann, Sabine/Crossley, Nicola (2017): Deutsch Sprachkurs Plus. Englische Ausgabe: A German Self-Study-Course for Beginners.

UNIT 2
Insights into the teaching unit 1 and grammar topics: nouns; pronouns (personal, interrogative); adjective inflection; prepositions (locative and temporal); verbs ("Präsens", "Perfekt", modal verbs); adverbs (locative and temporal); conjunctions and sentence structure ("dass", causal clauses, temporal clauses); negative forms; phonetics and intonation.
Bibliography
Reimann, Monika (2012): Grundstufen-Grammatik für Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Hueber (also available in Italian: Grammatica di base della lingua tedesca. Con esercizi. Hueber); slides available on Ariel (starting from January 2020).
For international non-Italian speaking students: website in German https://www.tatsachen-ueber-deutschland.de/de (German and English); Niebisch Daniela/Hohmann, Sabine/Crossley, Nicola (2017): Deutsch Sprachkurs Plus. Englische Ausgabe: A German Self-Study-Course for Beginners.

UNIT 3
Insights of the teaching units 1 and 2 and grammar topics: pronouns (relative, reflexive); verbs ("Präteritum", reflexive verbs, passivization); prepositions (modal and causal); adverbs (modal, causal, consecutive); sentence structure (final clauses, concessive clauses, adversative clauses); phonetics and intonation.
Bibliography
Reimann, Monika (2012): Grundstufen-Grammatik für Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Hueber (also available in Italian: Grammatica di base della lingua tedesca. Con esercizi. Hueber); slides available on Ariel (starting from January 2020).
For international non-Italian speaking students: website in German https://www.tatsachen-ueber-deutschland.de/de (German and English); Niebisch Daniela/Hohmann, Sabine/Crossley, Nicola (2017): Deutsch Sprachkurs Plus. Englische Ausgabe: A German Self-Study-Course for Beginners.

The course is accompanied by 10 hours of language exercises dedicated to the development of oral communication skills and the revision of grammatical topics. More information will be provided in class.
Prerequisites for admission
Good knowledge of Italian and excellent knowledge of Italian grammatical terminology (e.g. articolo, nome, aggettivo, tempi del verbo, soggetto, frasi principali, frasi secondarie).
Teaching methods
Lectures with the use of multimedia supports, exercises, group work.

Class attendance is optional; however, attendance is recommended in order to take the intermediate written tests.
Teaching Resources
- Reimann, Monika (2012): "Grundstufen-Grammatik für Deutsch als Fremdsprache". Hueber (also available in Italian: "Grammatica di base della lingua tedesca. Con esercizi". Hueber).

- Slides available on Ariel (starting from January 2020).

- Website in German "https://www.tatsachen-ueber-deutschland.de/de"

For international students not speaking Italian: website in German "https://www.tatsachen-ueber-deutschland.de/de" (German and English); Niebisch Daniela/Hohmann, Sabine/Crossley, Nicola (2017): "Deutsch Sprachkurs Plus. Englische Ausgabe: A German Self-Study-Course for Beginners". Hueber
Assessment methods and Criteria
Assessment method: intermediate written tests (or written exam during official exam sessions) + oral exam (official exam sessions). Written tests or written exam are preparatory to the oral exam.

Intermediate written tests: these take place at the end of unit 1 and of units 2 and 3. Types of questions: exercises similar to those carried out in the course and in self-study (e.g. insertion of endings, insertion of articles, cloze tests, writing of short texts, open-ended questions on the texts dealt with in the course). Total number of exercises: 4-6. Indicative duration of the intermediate tests: 60 minutes. Those who pass all intermediate tests do not have to take the written exam during the official exam sessions and can take the oral exam.

Written exam: this takes place during the official exam sessions. Types of questions: exercises similar to those carried out in class and in self-study (e.g. insertion of endings, insertion of articles, cloze test, writing of short texts, open-ended questions on the texts dealt with in class). Total number of exercises: 10. Duration of the written exam: 90 minutes. Those who pass the written exam can take the oral exam.

Oral exam: this takes place during the official exam sessions on the same day of the written exam. Types of questions: open-ended questions on everyday topics (e.g. presentation of oneself; description of one's course of study); open-ended questions on the specialized texts dealt with in class (questions on the content, on the terminology, on the textual structure; summary of the texts; translation of texts). Indicative number of questions: 5-6. Indicative duration of the oral examination: 20 minutes.

Assessment criteria: for the intermediate written tests and the written exam: ability to use grammatical structures; vocabulary knowledge; ability to produce correct and communicatively relevant sentences and texts. For the oral exam: ability to understand questions on various topics (both specialized and non-specialized) and to give adequate answers; knowledge of texts and ability to expose the content in an original way.

The final mark is composed as follows: average between the marks of the written exam (/written intermediate tests) and the mark of the oral exam.

Additional important information:
The assessment methods are identical for both attending and non-attending students.
Unità didattica 1
L-LIN/14 - LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - GERMAN - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Crestani Valentina
Unità didattica 2
L-LIN/14 - LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - GERMAN - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Calpestrati Nicolo
Unità didattica 3
L-LIN/14 - LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - GERMAN - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Calpestrati Nicolo
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