The theoretical lessons propose the deepening of the German grammar, and in particular of the syntax (constituents, complements, cases, fields, valency, and verbal aspect). The practical lessons allow the widening of the abilities of reception, production, interaction and mediation learned in the first year. The course, combined with the practical lessons, aims at achieving linguistic skills corresponding to the B1 level of CEFR.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding: Strenghtening of the basis and improvement of the grammatical and lexical proficiency. Applying knowledge and understanding: the aim is to reach a good competence of structures and lexicon corrisponding to B1-level, which allows written and oral comprehension and text production about familiar matters and the expression of personal opinions.
The course is entitled Syntax and textual genres and consists of the following three teaching units, which will be addressed in sequence: A: Theoretical aspects of syntax; B: The syntax of the verb; C: Syntactic characteristics of different textual genres.
The course provides 9 ECTS. It is not possible to acquire only 6 ECTS.
In Unit A, the syntactic structures of the standard German language and some colloquial variants will be studied from a theoretical and contrastive point of view. Unit B will examine the morpho-syntax of the verb and its position in the various types of sentence. In unit C we will analyze passages belonging to different textual genres to recognize their characteristic structures.
The course programme is valid until September 2021. From the 2022 winter session, exclusively the academic year 2020-21 course programme will be valid.
Prerequisites for admission
The course, which is partly held in German, the materials and the examination bibliography implies an initial level of linguistic competence A2.
The course adopts the following teaching methods: frontal lessons, reading and linguistic commentary of the texts in the programme. In addition, the course is supplemented by practical classes, for which please refer to the Esercitazioni form.
The course has a website on the online teaching platform Ariel (https://edivenosalt2.ariel.ctu.unimi.it/v5/home/Default.aspx), to which reference should be made for lesson notes and other materials provided by the professor. For each teaching unit will be made available the files relating to each lesson and in-depth study materials. The following are the mandatory readings for the three teaching units:
Unit A: - Lesson notes; - Claudio Di Meola, La linguistica tedesca. Un'introduzione con esercizi e bibliografia ragionata, Bulzoni, Roma 2014. Chapter 4 (Semantica), 5 (Pragmatica), 6 (Linguistica testuale). - Herbert Genzmer, Unsere Grammatik: Die Schönheit der Sprache - nachschlagen und informieren. Gebundenes Buch, Berlin University Press 2016.
Unit B: - Lesson notes; - K. Meil / M. Arndt, ABC der starken Verben and ABC der schwachen Verben, Hueber Verlag (no longer on the market, available in Ariel).
Unit C: - Lesson notes; - booklet of texts that will be analysed during the course (available in Ariel).
Examination programme for non-attending students: The programme for non-attending students is identical to the programme for attending students.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The examination consists of three parts: a written part (grammar and reading-comprehension, lasting respectively 70 and 60 minutes) and two oral parts, all mandatory. The two oral tests are held at the same time: first of all a conversation in German with the mother tongue teacher about the readers in the programme, then an interview with the professor on the contents of the monographic course, which includes checking the knowledge of the vocabulary of the examples and texts analyzed.
The oral part can be taken only after passing the written one. All tests are evaluated in 30ths. The recorded grade will be unique and will be the one resulting from the average of the three grades.
The written exam differs according to whether the students are attending the courses or not. - Students not attending: The B1 level written test consists of a grammar test and a reading-comprehension with open-ended questions on the contents and a free production on the subject covered by the text itself. The examination is passed only if both tests reach the grade 18/30. - Students attending: If students actively participate in at least 75% of the esercitazioni, they have access to the partial tests that take place at the end of each semester: the first partial exam consists of a grammar test and a reading-comprehension; the second consists of a grammar test and a listening-comprehension. The final grade of this written part will be the average of the two partial tests, both of which must be sufficient in all their parts. In the event of failure or refusal of this grade, the students can take the total written examination for not attending students. Students who refuse the grade must notify their decision to the professor by e-mail promptly, and in any case before the total written exam takes place.
International students or incoming Erasmus students are invited to contact the teacher as soon as possible. The examination procedures for students with disabilities and/or with DSA must be agreed with the teacher, in agreement with the competent office.