German

A.Y. 2020/2021
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 short text concerning various topics and of political and business texts (e.g. political system, economy, innovation).
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course students will be able to:
1. Actively use grammar knowledge (e.g. adjective inflection) in solving various types of written exercises (e.g. MCQ, gap-fill).
2. Answer to written questions (e.g. MCQ, gap-fill) about German texts dealt with in class (e.g. questions on the content, on specific words and on grammar).
3. Answer orally to questions in German about German texts dealt with in class (e.g. questions on the content, on specific words and on grammar).
4. Propose a translation of texts dealt with in class.
5. Independently understand short German texts on topics similar to those analyzed in class.
6. Answer to written questions (e.g. MCQ, gap-fill) in German about texts on topics similar to those analyzed in class.
7. Answer orally to questions in German about texts on topics similar to those analyzed in class.
8. Produce short written texts in German.
9. Answer orally to questions on non-specialized topics (presenting oneself, describing one's own course of study, etc.).
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second trimester
Should it become necessary to use online teaching, the lectures will be held on Microsoft Teams and can be followed both synchronously based on the timetable of the second trimester and asynchronously because they will be recorded and left available to students on Microsoft Teams.
Course syllabus
The programme is the same for attending and non-attending students.
Updates and information will be published on the Ariel and on the Moodle platform. Students are strongly advised to check Ariel and Moodle regularly so as to be up to date will all information and instructions.

A. 20 hours (Valentina Crestani)

Analysis of Germans texts: the analysis is aimed at content, at vocabulary and at grammatical elements.

B. 40 hours (Nicolò Calpestrati)

- Phonetics and intonation; 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, temporal); negative forms.
- Pronouns (relative, reflexives); verbs (Präteritum, reflexive verbs); prepositions (modal and causal); adverbs (modal, causal, consecutive); sentence structure (final, concessive, adversative).
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LANGUAGE PRACTICE SESSIONS (10 hours)
Revision of grammatical topics
Prerequisites for admission
Italian: B1
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
Teaching Resources
1. Reimann, Monika (2012): Grundstufen-Grammatik für Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Hueber.

2. Slides available on Ariel (starting from January 2021): "Lingua Tedesca REL" (https://vcrestaniltrel.ariel.ctu.unimi.it/v5/home/Default.aspx)

3. Unit 1 (Valentina CRESTANI): slide available on Moodle (starting from January 2021): "Lingua Tedesca per le Relazioni Internazionali (REL) (a/a 2020-21)"

For international non-Italian speaking students:
Niebisch Daniela/Hohmann, Sabine/Crossley, Nicola (2017): Deutsch Sprachkurs Plus. Englische Ausgabe: A German Self-Study-Course for Beginners.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Assessment method:
1. intermediate written (or computer-based) tests or written (or computer-based) exam during official exam sessions;
2. oral exam (official exam sessions). Intermediate tests or written exam are preparatory to the oral exam.

Intermediate written (or computer-based) tests: these take place at the end the 20 hours with prof. Crestani and of the 40 hours with prof. Calpestrati. Types of questions: exercises similar to those carried out in class 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 class). Indicative duration of the intermediate tests: 30 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 (or computer-based) 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). Duration of the written exam: 60 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) and on text dealt with in class (questions on the content, on the words used, on grammar). Indicative duration of the oral examination: 15 minutes.

Assessment criteria: for the intermediate 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 and to give adequate answers.

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.
- Updates and information will be published here and on the Ariel platform ("Lingua Tedesca REL").
L-LIN/14 - LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - GERMAN - University credits: 9
Lessons: 60 hours
Professor(s)
Reception:
Microsoft Teams