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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)


The course aims at providing students with the linguistic and the metalinguistic knowledge and competences of German language and culture.

- Students will have to achieve a written and oral linguistic competence at the A2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (cfr.
- From the metalinguistic viewpoint, the students will acquire good skills on German Phonology, Phonetics and Morphosyntax.
- Students will have an adequate knowledge of German history, geography and culture (Landeskunde).

- Students will be able to understand and describe the metalinguistic features studied during the course and apply them to the analysis of short sentences and texts.
- They will be able to recognize, describe and classify the main sounds of German language;
- Within the A2 level of CEFR, they will be able to interact in German in different communicative contexts;

- Students will distinguish, among the theories studied, the most appropriate ones to analyse texts.
- They will evaluate contexts and choose the most effective communicative strategies.
- Students will be also able to compare and describe the main linguistic differences between German and Italian.

Students will:
- understand texts and conversations in German;
- effectively and efficiently convey information and ideas (at the A2 level);
- discuss and present the metalinguistic issues studied (in Italian).

- Students will acquire those tools, which will enable them to autonomously study and increase their linguistic and metalinguistic skills in the German language and culture.




Theoretical part:
Definition and theoretical foundations of the discipline
Phonetics and Phonology
Morphology: (description of the morphological structure of a word, verbforms, declinations, prepositions, etc.)
Syntax (Haupt- und Nebensätze, Konnektoren: Subjunktoren und Konjunktoren)
Contrastive analysis German-Italian

Practical part (lettorato):
Konjugation alle Verbtypen Präsens, Perfekt, Präteritum
reflexive Verben + Reflexivpronomen
Konjunktiv II (höfliche Bitte, Vorschlag, Ratschlag)

Sätze mit dass / weil / wenn
indirekte Frage (ob und Fragewort)
Relativsatz und Relativpronomen N

Personalpronomen N A D
Demonstrativ-, Frage-, Indefinitpronomen

bestimmter und unbestimmter Artikel N A D G
Possessiv-, Frage-, Demonstrativartikel

Nomengruppe N A D (G)
Komparativ und Superlativ prädikativ

lokal: zu von bei nach gegen um durch von bis
temporal: vor nach seit ab von bis
modal: für mit ohne aus als

temporal und lokal

Teaching Methods

- Lectures (20 hours)
- Practical classes (lettorato, 130 hours taught by a mother-tongue German instructor)
- Grammar tutorials

Verification of learning

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT: combined written and oral tests.

1) the written examination will include: Part 1 (lettorato): Grammar exercises, a reading comprehension test (Leseverstehen) and a short composition (Textproduktion);
Part 2: questions and exercises about the theoretical part (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 simple and routine tasks and to talk about German history, geography and culture (Landeskunde) b) to comment upon their written tests, particularly the theoretical part.

3) Two mid-term assessments will be organised (Vokabeltest). Both non-attendant students and those, who did not pass the test during the year, will do the Vokabeltest during the written exam.

Assessment criteria
written test:
- linguistic competences foreseen in the A2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages;
-grammar and lexis;
- the lexicogrammatical accuracy of the composition;
-students’ skills to understand a simple text;
- an adequate knowledge of the theoretical part (linguistics).

Students be allowed to skip the written test if they recently obtained an international certification of Goethe-Institut. Minimum level: B2.

Oral test:
- the students’ acquisition of the English Language at the A2 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 basic linguistic analysis and the specialised language and terminology of the discipline;

The final mark will be awarded on the basis of the level of learning demonstrated in each of the individual areas of analysis.
The vote is expressed in 18-30/30. To access the oral tests students must have obtained a minimum of 18/30 vote in both written tests. To obtain 30/30 cum laude students have to demonstrate an excellent competence and knowledge of all the parts of the program.
The students will be allowed to skip the written test and the conversation part of the oral exam if they hold recently obtained an international certification of Goethe-Institut (Zertifikat Deutsch, ZD, minimum level B1).


- Di Meola, Claudio (2014): La linguistica tedesca: un'introduzione con esercizi e bibliografia ragionata. Nuova edizione ampliata. Bulzoni, Roma. (chapter 1 and chapter 2)

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

➢ Krenn, Wilfried/Puchta, Herbert (2016): Motive. A1-B1. Kompaktkurs DaF, Kursbuch (Lektion1-30), Hueber Verlag - (livello A1-A2, fino lezione 18). ISBN: 978-3190018789
➢ - Krenn, Wilfried/Puchta, Herbert (2016): Motive. A1-B1. Kompaktkurs DaF, Arbeitsbuch (Lektion1-30) Hueber Verlag - (livello A1-A2, fino lezione 18). ISBN 13: 9783190318780


➢ Bruno, E./Franch, R. (2005): Deutsche Grammatik. Grammatica di riferimento per lo studio della lingua Tedesca. Il Capitello, Torino, con chiave degli esercizi, ISBN:9788842666349
➢ Dreyer, Hilke/Schmitt, Richard (2009): Lehr- und Übungsbuch der deutschen Grammatik – Aktuell - Neubearbeitung. Hueber, Ismaning. disponibile anche in edizione italiana
➢ Billina, A. / Reimann, M.: Übungsgrammatik für die Grundstufe A1 bis B1. 2016, Ismaning, Hueber, ISBN 978-3-19-107448 -7
➢ Reimann, Monika (2009): Grundstufen-Grammatik für Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Erklärungen und Übungen, Hueber, Ismaning. disponibile anche in edizioneitaliana e corredata di esercizi.
➢ Weerning, Marion/Mondello, Mario (2004): Dies und Das. Grammatica di tedesco con esercizi. Cideb, Genova.

- Duden (2003): Deutsches Universalwörterbuch. 5. überarbeitete Aufl., Dudenverlag, Mannheim.
- Giacoma, Luisa/Kolb, Susanne (2009): 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

The main referent of the course is Prof. Ilaria Meloni (;
The mother tongue instructors are Petra Bettina Grom ( and Max Schlenker (

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).

Only those students, who will regularly attend the lectures, will be entitled to take the mid-term assessments (Vokabeltest).
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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