31308 - German Linguistics and Language 3

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student will have an extensive knowledge of the metalanguage and key concepts of a descriptive linguistic approach to the German Language; in addition the student's practical competence (in all four language abilities) will have reached European level B2.

Course contents

The course has two parts:
1. - 30 hours of formal classes during the 1st semester
2. - A language learning course through the whole year (responsable: Dott.ssa von Stumpfeldt, (https://www.unibo.it/sitoweb/christiane.vonstumpfeldt)

The course German Linguistics and Language 3 carries 9 credits. These 9 credits are registered as a block (they cannot be broken up) at such time as the student has completed all sections of the exam (i.e. those relating to the lecture course and those relating to the practical language component (see below)). Students are reminded that they have to undertake all parts of the exam irrespective of their linguistic level: no exemption is given on the basis of certificates issued by other institutions. The only exception concerns students who are native speakers of German or who did their school-leaving exam (maturità, Arbitur) in the German language. These students are exempted from the practical language component of the course.

1.) The aim of the main course (formal classes) is to continue and further develop the metalinguistic reflection on the German language which was begun in the first two years. The main subject of the course will be German lexis, focusing on the different types of words, their internal structure and their semantic relations. Special attention will be given to the development of lexical information and its textual function. Please enrole in this list (https://www.dsa.unibo.it) evamaria.thune.lingua_linguistica_tedesca_3

2.) Language learning course (esercitazioni di lingua) The part language course aims to develop the student's linguistic pragmatic, and sociolinguistic competence in German. All German language courses are based on the theoretical and methodological principles described by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR). At the end of the third year, students should have reached at least B2-level:
Oral production (speaking): He/her can give clear, systematically developed descriptions and presentations, with appropriate highlighting of significant points, and relevant supporting detail. Oral reception (listening): He/her can understand standard spoken language, live or broadcast, on both familiar and unfamiliar topics normally encountered in personal, social, academic or vocational life. Only extreme background noise, inadequate discourse structure and/or idiomatic usage influences the ability to understand. Written production (writing): He/her can write clear, detailed texts on a variety of subjects related to his/her field of interest, synthesising and evaluating information and arguments from a number of sources. Visual reception (reading): He/her can read with a large degree of independence, adapting style and speed of reading to different texts and purposes, and using appropriate reference sources selectively. Has a broad active reading vocabulary, but may experience some difficulty with low frequency idioms.


Main course

1) Knipf-Komlósi, Elisabeth, Roberta Rada, Bernáth Csilla. 2006. Aspekte des deutschen Wortschatzes. Budapest: Bölcsész Konzorcium (http://mek.oszk.hu/04900/04913/) cap. 1 (§ 1) 2 (§ 2-2.4), 3 (§ 3.4.-3.6.);

2) Nied Curcio, Martina. 2016. La lingua tedesca. Aspetti linguistici tra contrastività e interculturalità. Roma (UniversItalia). chap. 1-4

3) slides delle lezioni in Insegnamenti on-line (ex-Alma DL).

Language learning course (esercitazioni di lingua) The chosen textbooks follow the CEFR's theoretical and methodological principles and are suitable for university students. Each learning group will adopt a book corresponding to its initial competence level.

Teaching methods

Main course
formal lessons, group work, exercises
Language learning course (esercitazioni di lingua)
Lessons are interactive requiring the students' direct participation. We have 3 different learning groups each of which corresponds to a different initial level of learner competences. Special support will be given to very advanced students, with a course starting on B2+ -level.

Assessment methods

Main course
Written exam at the end of the course: test with different types of questions based on the analysis and explanation of the German vocabulary Assessment criteria: capacity of expression (completeness and accuracy of contents), coherence of presentation. A prototype of the exam will be available in Alma Digital Library.

Language learning course (esercitazioni di lingua)

Exams are the same for attenders and non-attenders.

Final exams are written and oral. Students must pass the written part before taking the oral exam.

The written exam consists in the production of a summary, an analysis and a comment of an informational-argumentative text. To assess the comprehension of the text, students will be required to find subheadings to each paragraph of it. Assessment criteria are comprehension of the text, lexical and grammatical competence, textual coherence and pragmatic competence in the student's writing. In order to pass the written exam, students have to score 60% (18/30).

For the oral exam (15 min.), students have to choose a topic from one of the course books used during the language courses. They have to prepare three articles (not from the course books and not from Wikipedia), three grafics and three fotos related to the choosen topic and expose and discuss the topic with the help of the forementioned material. Assessment criteria are phonetic, lexical and grammatical competence as well as fluency and the ability to use strategies in order to overcome communication problems.

The final mark of the course “Lingua e Linguistica Tedesca 3” will be the average mark between the lezioni frontali exam's result and the esercitazione mark.

Teaching tools

power point presentations, exercises, reading of text book

Office hours

See the website of Eva-Maria Christina Charlotte Thune