LINGUA TEDESCA ED ESERCITAZIONI DI LINGUA TEDESCA (III ANNO PRIMA LINGUA SCELTA)

Degree course: 
Corso di First cycle degree in LINGUISTIC AND CULTURAL MEDIATION
Academic year when starting the degree: 
2015/2016
Year: 
3
Academic year in which the course will be held: 
2017/2018
Credits: 
12
Standard lectures hours: 
60
Requirements: 

- native-like written and oral knowledge of the Italian language
- a good knowledge of the main structures of the Italian language
- knowledge of German corresponding to the B1-level of the CEFR
- high motivation, ability to organize one’s own learning time

Both the written and the oral part of the German Language II exam must have been passed in order to access the German language III course.

Final Examination: 
Orale

The five linguistic abilities will be assessed along with grammatical, lexical and syntactic skills corresponding to the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
The final exam will be divided into two sections: the written part will consist of a listening, a reading, a writing and a translation task as well as grammar exercises.
Students will be admitted to the oral part of the exam only if they pass the written part.
The oral part will consist of a brief oral summary. Students will read a text and report on its content; then, they will discuss the topic of the text with the examiner and a fellow student. Additionally, the students will report on the book they chose from the list to be found under “Teaching materials”.

Assessment: 
Voto Finale

Students will further extend their knowledge of German language and attain the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
Classes are aimed to improve five abilities: oral and written comprehension, writing, speaking and oral interaction.
Upon completing the course, students will have intermediate to advanced command of German: they will be able to produce oral and written texts at a B2 level and to interact with native speakers in an advanced way.
To improve written and oral abilities, grammar and vocabulary will be granted special attention. Pronunciation will be corrected and additionally trained if needed.
Students will also learn to develop a personal learning method to make self-learning more efficient.

The course will be divided into two modules.

In the first module theoretical notions on the structure of German will be provided, granting particular attention to grammar and translation to and from Italian.

In the second module, the students will have the chance to practice and develop the five linguistic abilities; they will also receive special training to prepare for the final exam.

The following topics will be covered in the course:

Pragmatic-communicative competence
- Expressing certainty and uncertainty (continuation)
- Producing arguments in favour of or against a statement (continuation)
- Discussing, identifying potential conflict situations, proposing solutions, making arrangements
- Expressing doubts
- Expressing feelings

Textual competence
- Understanding newspaper articles (continuation)
- Describing and interpreting a diagram or a picture
- Taking notes, identifying keywords in written and oral texts
- Summarizing written and oral texts using notes and keywords
- Understanding and writing texts containing technical language or language for special purposes
- Writing texts about one’s own feelings and opinions (continuation)
- Taking part in discussions on current topics

Grammatical competence
- Predicative and attributive adjectives (continuation)
- Pronouns (revision)
- Verbs: Konjunktiv I; revision of all tenses and moods; active and passive form (continuation and revision); special meaning of modal verbs; participles (continuation)
- Preposition requiring the genitive (continuation)
- Negation (revision)
- Conjunctions (revision)
- Complex nominal and prepositional phrases (revision)
- Complex sentences (revision)
- Peculiarities of complex sentences: subordinate clauses in the Vorfeld and Mittelfeld

Lexical competence
- Life and tourism in Germany
- Cross-cultural comparisons
- Working and studying
- Current topics in politics, economy and society
- Technology
- Health and environment
- Technical languages (economy)

Textbook
Buscha, Anne et alii. Erkundungen B2. 2., veränderte Auflage. Leipzig: Schubert Verlag. ISBN 978-3-941323-24-7

Grammar and linguistics books
Blühdorn, Hardarik e Foschi Albert, Marina, Lettura e comprensione del testo in lingua tedesca: strategie inferenziali e grammaticali; tecniche euristiche; materiale illustrativo. Edizioni Plus 2006.
Bonelli / Pavan, Grammatica attiva della lingua tedesca. Morfologia sintassi esercizi. Hoepli 2012.
Difino / Fornaciari, Neu Deutsch klipp und klar. Principato 2001.

All books are available at the University library

Reading assignment
The students will choose and read one of the following books:

Firas Alshater: Ich komm auf Deutschland zu. Ein Syrer über seine neue Heimat. Ullstein 2016.
Roberto Giardina: Lebst du bei den Bösen? Deutschland – meiner Enkelin erklärt. Launenweber Verlag 2017.
David Wagner, Jochen Schmidt: Drüben und drüben. Zwei Kindheiten. Reinbek bei Hamburg: Rohwolt 2014.
Danijela Pilic: Sommer vorm Balkan. Mein Leben zwischen Alpen und Adria. München: Goldmann Verlag 2015
Jan Weiler: Maria, ihm schmeckt’s nicht! Geschichten von meiner italienischen Sippe. Ullstein 2003.

Further materials will be made available on the e-learning platform.

First module
Lectures, exercises in pair, plenum discussions

Second module
Reading and listening comprehension exercises; written and oral production exercises. Vocabulary exercises. Pair work, plenum discussion.

Non-attenders

Students who cannot attend classes are kindly requested to stay up to date and download additional learning materials from the e-learning platform. Should they have any questions or special need, they may turn to the teachers for advice.
The final exam will be the same for students who attended and for those who did not attend classes.