German 2

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
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.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
During the emergency phase, the programme is maintained with following changes:
Teaching methods:
Grammar lessons will be held synchronous in Teams; the monographic course will be held both syncronous and asynchronous in Teams. If possible, partially in a classroom + Teams.
Learning verification procedures:
The exam takes place in Teams (videoconferencing), according to the indications provided by the University.
All details will be published in Ariel.
Course syllabus
The course is entitled "Textual genres and phraseology" and consists of the following three teaching units, which will be addressed in parallel (60 hours in the second semester):
A: Contrastive verbal syntax;
B: German phraseology;
C: Textlinguistics and 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 deepen some lexicological and phraseological aspects of German. In unit C we will analyze passages belonging to different textual genres to recognize their characteristic structures.
The course programme is valid until September 2022. From the winter session 2021-22, exclusively the academic year 2021-22 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.
Teaching methods
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.
Teaching Resources
The course has a website on the online teaching platform Ariel (, to which reference should be made for lesson notes and other materials provided by the professor.
The following are the mandatory readings for the three teaching units:
Unit A:
- Lesson notes;
- Alke Hauschild, Praxis-Grammatik. Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Ideal zum Lernen, Üben und Nachschlagen, PONS (isbn: 978-3-12-562213-5).
- K. Meil / M. Arndt, ABC der starken Verben e ABC der schwachen Verben, Hueber Verlag (available in libraries).
Unit B:
- Lesson notes;
- Natascha Borota, Da steppt der Bär, Langenscheidt 2018 (isbn: 978-3-12-563202-8).
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 and two oral parts, all mandatory. The two oral tests are held during the same session: the exam begins with a conversation in German with the mother tongue teacher about the readers in the programme and it continues with an interview in Italian with the professor about 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 text can be attended in may, september and january, starting with may 2021. All details of the exercises required at the written exam will be given in Ariel. The examination is passed if all required 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 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.
L-LIN/14 - LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION - GERMAN - University credits: 9
Lessons: 60 hours
Educational website(s)
Thursdays, h. 14 and on appointment in Teams
S. Alessandro, outside room A1 in the courtyard