95438 - German Language and Linguistic Exercises 2 - C

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Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

Students' knowledge of the language will be at the level B1 in all four skills.

Course contents

Erasmus students intending to attend the course are requested to contact Prof. Rieger via e-mail (marie.rieger@unibo.it).

This course includes the following parts:

  1. Lezioni frontali: lectures in linguistics taught by the course professor. This component is made up of a total of 30 hours held within one semester.
  2. Esercitazioni di lingua: German language course with native German speaking teachers held during the first and the second semester (4 hours per week). For information reguarding the 2-year language course, please, contact Dr. Birk.


Language 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 second year, students should have reached at least B1-level:

Oral production (speaking): S/he can reasonably fluently sustain a straightforward description of one of a variety of subjects within his/her field of interest, presenting it as a linear sequence of points.

Aural reception (listening): S/he can understand straightforward factual information about common everyday or job related topics, identifying both general messages and specific details, provided speech is clearly articulated in a generally familiar accent.

Written production (writing): S/he can write straightforward connected texts on a range of familiar subjects within his field of interest, by linking a series of shorter discrete elements into a linear sequence.

Visual reception (reading): S/he can read straightforward factual texts on subjects related to his/her field and interest with a satisfactory level of comprehension.




Language 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.

Assessment methods

Language course (esercitazioni di lingua)


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

The written exam comprises three parts. The first part (30 min) will assess vocabulary range and control as well as grammatical accuracy (multiple choice test). The second part (45 min) will assess the level of comprehension of written texts through a choice of short texts (blogs, e-mails, short newspaper articles, advertisements, instructions, etc.) and related exercises (multiple choice, right-wrong, etc.). The third and final part (30 min) will assess the level of written production. Students will be required to produce a written text (formal/informal letter or similar) along given key issues. Assessment criteria are lexical and grammatical competence, textual coherence and pragmatic competence.

In order to pass the written exam, students have to pass each part with a minimum of 60% (18/30).

For the oral exam (15 min) students will be given a topic in advance. During the exam they have to present and discuss this topic. 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 topics chosen for the oral and written exams are relevant to the study of the German language and the culture of the German speaking countries/communities. The assessment of correctness, range and control is relative to the level required for the second year.

Links to further information


Office hours

See the website of Maria Antoinette Rieger