69462 - German Language and Culture III (First Language)

Course Unit Page

  • Teacher Marcello Soffritti

  • Credits 5

  • SSD L-LIN/14

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language German

  • Course Timetable from Feb 12, 2019 to May 09, 2019

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The student is able to understand and produce a wide range of complex written and spoken texts in German, in a fluent and idiomatic way

Course contents

In order to successfully achieve the goals of this course students must already have a strong command of German phonetics, morphology and syntax at an intermediate level. Written, oral and media-based communication (particularly Internet and TV contents) will be equally dealt with. Students shall analyze and process written, oral and audio-visual texts concerning various themes of everyday life and main topics of institutional and professional domains. Language training will focus on particular aspects of syntactic, semantic and stylistic complexity in modern German along with contrastive and intercultural issues.


Grammars and handbooks for individual use:

· DUDEN. Stilwörterbuch der deutschen Sprache. Mannheim - Leipzig - Wien - Zürich, Dudenverlag, 2017.

· Schlobinsky, Peter (Hg.), Syntax des gesprochenen Deutsch. Opladen, Westdeutscher Verlag, 1997

· Schwitalla, Johannes, Gesprochenes Deutsch: Eine Einführung. Berlin, Erich Schmidt Verlag, 2002.

· Zifonun, Gisela, Ludger Hoffmann und Bruno Strecker, Grammatik der deutschen Sprache. Schriften des Instituts für deutsche Sprache, 3 Bde., Berlin-New York, de Gruyter, 1997

- Bertozzi, Roberto et al., Grammatica Tedesca. Forme e Costrutti. Milano, LED, 2015.


- Wahrig Deutsches Wörterbuch

· Langenscheidts Großwörterbuch Deutsch als Fremdsprache

· Duden Fremdwörterbuch

· DIT - Dizionario Tedesco - Italiano -Tedesco.

Teaching methods

In the first half of this course students shall establish an adequate working methodology by treating a number of selected documents in class work and weekly assignments. In the second half they shall carry out linguistic analyses of audiovisual materials assigned to individuals or small groups. Performance will be assessed in progress and at the end of the module. This course will be supported by separate language training sessions (lettorato), aimed at supporting and consolidating writing and speaking skills. Students shall attend at least 70% of course lessons and training sessions.

Students are expected to achieve C1 competence level.

Assessment methods

·         Assessment in Progress: weekly homework and intermediate tests.

·         Final Assessment: Textual analysis of a written document on not-professional topics, with questions. Time allowed: 2 hours. Further: tasks concerning speaking ability (repetition and summarizing of speech, discussion of previously assigned documents aimed at testing comprehension and rephrasing).

Tests shall assess specific linguistic and communicative skills at C1 level.

The total mark for the examination in Lingua e Mediazione III (prima lingua) is the average between the mark for this module and the one for Interpretazione di Trattativa II (prima lingua).

Teaching tools

Video projector, notebook with Internet connection, special software tools for text analysis, web-sites of German newspapers and magazines, terminology data bases, corpora, video streaming of TV broadcastings, online dictionaries. Additional software and tools shall be indicated. Written, oral and audiovisual documents to be delivered and produced within the Moodle content management system of the Faculty. Students are expected to register.

Office hours

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