85064 - German Language Lab (Advanced)

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students should be able to follow a lesson , to read a complex text about social or political sciences and make a fluent oral report. To this purpose they should reach a minimum level of B1 (Council of Europe framework) for spoken and written language, while the ideal level is B2. Moreover, they should be capable of writing a text (minimum level B2).

Course contents

Like in other countries, migration is a very urgent issue today in the German speaking countries, but also over the decades it has been an important topic of political, social and cultural discussion in Germany.

The German Language Lab (40 hours) aims to focus on this topic from a linguistic point of view (specific lexicon and terminological analysis) as well as in regard to the specific political decisions which, starting from the Second World War and over the decades, have influenced and shaped the discussion on both migrants and refugees.

Being a Lab, the course is not a classical grammar course nor a traditional whole class teaching: students will be encouraged to take active part to the class in order to become acquainted with and practice the specific vocabulary and the linguistic structures.

Specific regulation on migration will be presented, also using newspapers and updated web pages. Moreover, also contributions of literates and persons of the cultural sphere will be taken into account.

The monographic course (40 hours) will be supported by 20 hours of German language practice with CEL Johannes Kurzeder (https://www.unibo.it/sitoweb/johannes.kurzeder). The lessons with the native speaker teacher are not compulsory but strongly raccomended, and offered as an opportunity to improve the language skills of the students (most of all speaking), dealing with topics of current relevance and/or relevant for the aim of the course.

In order to attend the German Language Lab (Advanced), students are required to prove a minimum level of A2+. MA-students who have successfully attended the course Lingua Tedesca in their first year of MA have directly access to the course. Other students have to write a placement test in September before the beginning of the classes. Students with a language certificate (no older than September 2015) are asked to show the document on the same day of the test. A notice about the day in which the test will take place will be published on our personal web pages as well as on the homepage of RILM. 


Handouts and teaching materials will be provided through Alma Campus.

Teaching methods

Students will be encouraged to active participation. Students who feel confident with the proposal will be given the opportunity to give a short report on a topic choosen among the ones discussed during the class. 

Assessment methods

Students who attended the course (minimum 70%) will take a written test on the last day of the course or on official exam sessions.

Students who did not attend the course (non frequentanti) will take a written and oral exam to verify the language knowledge and an oral exam about the topics of the monographic course. The three parts of the exam will take place on the same day. Materials to prepare for the exame as "non frequentanti" will be provided through Alma Campus.

Teaching tools

Use of written texts and newspaper articles as well as audios andvideos.

Office hours

See the website of Claudia Tatasciore