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The course is divided in two parts: a theoretical one (20 hours, Prof. Francesca Boarini) and a practical one (90 hours, Dr. Max Schlenker).
Students will be able to define the functions and categories of German grammar at all linguistic levels (from morpheme to text), and to examine the structure of words, phrases, clauses and sentences occurring in different text typologies.

After attending the German Language III course (both the theoretical and the practical part) students will have:

- a written and oral linguistic competence at the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages;
- a knowledge of the theoretical tools for linguistic analysis and the specialised language and terminology of the discipline (metalinguistic competence), especially concerning text linguistics;
- an adequate knowledge of German history, geography and culture (Landeskunde).


B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.


Theoretical part (LINGUISTICA):

Einführung in die Textlinguistik;
Der Text;
Die sieben Kriterien der Textualität;
Der Text: Makro-und Mikrostruktur;
Thematische Progression;
Thematische Entwicklung;
Fachsprachen im Text;
Syntax des Gesprochenen in schriftlichen Texten;
Partikeln: Modal- Abtönungs-, Fokus-, Gradpartikeln;
Ellipse, Implikaturen, Präsuppositionen;
Funktional-pragmatische Textanalyse am Beispiel einiger Textsorten wie Briefe und E-Mails, Gebrauchsanweisungen, Werbetexte, Zeitungsartikel, Berichte, Kochrezepte, usw.

- Wiederholung Präteritum;
- Weitergabe von Informationen, indirekte Rede: Konjunktiv I und Modalverb sollen;
- Passiv und Passiversatzformen;
- Partizipialattribute: Partizipien als Adjektive und erweiterte Partizipien;
- Modal-,Temporal-, Konzessiv-, Konditionalangaben (Satzverbindungen/Konnektoren und
Präpositionen, Umformung von Präpositionalangaben in Nebensätze und umgekehrt);
- Deklination der Adjektive;
- Komparation der Adjektive (Satzverbindung mit je...desto usw.);
- Nomen-Verb-Verbindungen.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Methods

- Lectures (20 hours)
- Practical classes (lettorato, 90 hours taught by a mother-tongue German instructor)

Attending lectures and classes is not compulsory but is highly recommended.

Verification of learning

Verification of learning
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT: combined written and oral tests.

1) The written examination will include: Part 1 (lettorato): a) Grammar exercises (only for students, who don’t attend classes as well as for students, who have failed both Mid-Term Assessments); b) a composition (Textproduktion);
Part 2: functional text analysis (linguistics).

The use of monolingual dictionaries will be permitted only for the “Textproduktion”.

2) In the oral examination students will be invited a) to discuss in German about the contents of a text, which they have to read. The text will be about German history, geography and culture (Landeskunde, contents are to be found on the lecturer’s home page).
b) to comment upon their written tests and discuss about the theoretical part.

3) During the practical classes attendant students have to give a short oral presentation (Referat) about one of the topics which is to be found on the lecturer’s home page. This presentation is compulsory also for non- attending students; in order to define topic and date of the oral presentation, non-attending students are supposed to consult the mother tongue instructor either per e-mail or during his weekly office hour.
4) Two mid-term assessments about grammatical items will be organised in December and in May (Grammatikteil). Only those students who will regularly attend the lectures will be entitled to take the mid-term assessments. Those students who pass both the mid-term assessments will be entitled to take only a part of the final exam (Textproduktion).

Assessment criteria
Written test:
- Linguistic competences foreseen in the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages;
-Grammar and lexis;
- The lexico -grammatical accuracy of the composition;
-Development of argumentative skills in the composition;
-Students’ skills to understand and to discuss about a text;
- The ability to analyze structure and function of different text typologies (linguistics)

Oral test:
- The students’ acquisition of the German Language at the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages;
- The ability to use the appropriate terminology in explaining contents (metalinguistic competence);
- Knowledge of the theoretical tools related to linguistic analysis and the specialised language and terminology of the discipline;
- The students will have to show that they have acquired the right terminology and concepts and that they can apply them to practical cases.
The final mark will be awarded on the basis of the level of learning demonstrated in each of the individual areas of analysis.



Testi di riferimento per la linguistica:
- Brinker, Klaus (2010): Linguistische Textanalyse. Eine Einführung in Grundbegriffe und Methoden, Schmidt, Berlin (cap. 5).
- Di Meola, Claudio (2007), La linguistica tedesca, Bulzoni, Roma (capp. 5 e 6)

- Additional support materials are to be found on the lecturer’s home page and in the "Biblioteca di Scienze del Linguaggio" (via San Giorgio,12).


Buscha, Anne/ Susanne Raven/ Gisela Linthout (2012), Erkundungen B2, Schubert Verlag, Leipzig.

Übungsgrammatik für die Mittelstufe (2014), Hueber Verlag, Ismaning.

- DUDEN 4 (2009): Die Grammatik, Dudenverlag, Mannheim.
Grammatiche didattiche
- Dreyer, Hilke/Schmitt, Richard (2009): Lehr- und Übungsbuch der deutschen Grammatik – Aktuell - Neubearbeitung. Hueber, Ismaning. disponibile anche in versione italiana
- Übungsgrammatik für die Mittelstufe (2014), Hueber Verlag, Ismaning.


- Duden (2003): Deutsches Universalwörterbuch. 5. überarbeitete Aufl., Dudenverlag, Mannheim.
- Giacoma, Luisa/Kolb, Susanne (2014), Il nuovo dizionario di Tedesco Zanichelli, Bologna.
- LANG: Langenscheidts Großwörterbuch. Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Das neue einsprachige Wörterbuch für alle, die Deutsch lernen. Langenscheidt, Berlin u.a.

More Information

More Information
Additional materials are to be found on the lecturer’s home page and in the “Biblioteca di Scienze del Linguaggio” (via San Giorgio,12).

One-to-one consultations will be possible during the lecturer’s weekly office hours. Times are indicated on the lecturer’s home page.
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