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GERMAN LANGUAGE I

CODE 55928
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 9 cfu during the 1st year of 9265 LINGUE E LETTERATURE MODERNE PER I SERVIZI CULTURALI(LM-38) - GENOVA
  • 9 cfu during the 1st year of 9265 LINGUE E LETTERATURE MODERNE PER I SERVIZI CULTURALI(LM-37) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-LIN/14
    LANGUAGE German
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER Annual
    PREREQUISITES
    Prerequisites (for future units)
    This unit is a prerequisite for:
    • MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES FOR CULTURAL SERVICES 9265 (coorte 2022/2023)
    • GERMAN LANGUAGE II 61347
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    CONTEMPORARY GERMAN IN TRANSITION: ARCHAISMS, COLLOQUIALISMS, NEOLOGISMS

    The course is a 9-credits-course  consisting  of

    • a theoretical module (30 h, held in the 2nd semester) dealing with language change and variation in contermporary German;
    • language courses (160 h), whose aim is to develop oral and written competence in the German language.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    This module intends to

    • provide students with the theoretical and methodological tools to analyze the German language in its complexity and variety;
    • bring students to the C1.2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    - Learning target of the class is to reach the C1.1 level (1st year) resp. C1.2 level (2nd year) in German language described in the guidelines of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (CEFR).

    - The objective of the course (theory module) is to provide students with a general understanding of linguistic change regarding recent developments in the German language.

    - The aim of the course (theory module) is furthermore to introduce the topic of the contrast between oral and written German language and the current informalization of standard German.

    - target of the practical language exercises is the acquisition of active and passive linguistic facilities in German and of competence in oral and written communication as requested in the guidelines for C1.1/C1.2 level of the CEF.

    - After successful participation (theory module), students will have advanced knowledge about linguistic change in modern German.

    - At the end of the course (theory module), students have acquired the linguistic competence to identify, categorize and analyze the differences between the written and oral registers of contemporary German and have knowledge about diachronic lexicology of contemporary German

    PREREQUISITES

    Language level B2 (1st year) / C1.1 (2nd year) in German language is required for participation.

    TEACHING METHODS

     

    The theory lectures (30 lessons, 2nd semester) will be accompanied during the whole academic year by practical language exercises (80 lessons, yearlong). The theory lectures and the language classes begin in October 2022; the theory lectures starts in the 2nd semester (February 2023); time schedules, programs, instructors and auditoriums will be published in Aulaweb and will be announced on the websites of the single instructors at the end of September 2022. The language exercises include yearlong lessons in translation (40).

    Lecture accompanied by language exercises. The theory lectures and the practical language exercises will take place in form of traditional classroom teaching. Modifications subject to eventual provisions regarding the development of the sanitary situation will be announced in Aulaweb.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    In the theory class students will familiarize with the phenomenon of general linguistic change in contemporary German language with special emphasis on lexical change. Furthermore contrasts between oral and written language as well as lexical obsolescence and vocabulary innovation will be analyzed. In the class the special features of spoken German and its effects on standard language will be examined and discussed; examples of archaisms, colloquialisms and neologisms in different registers and in selected text types are issues of the class.

     

    The practical language exercises which include translation exercises will bring the students from B2 level to C1.1 level (1st year) and from C1.1 level to C1.2 level (2nd year) according to the guidelines of the Common European Framework of Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (CEF).

    The program of the course is valid until February 2024 in accordance to the departmental regulation. The program of the exams is valid according to the study regulations until February 2022. Tha program is valid as well for students that will not attend class lessons. Bibliographical informations and other material will be published in Aulaweb.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Theoretical module

    • Andresen, Melanie / Zinsmeister, Heike: Korpuslinguistik, Tübingen: Narr, 2019.
    • Braun, Peter: Tendenzen in der deutschen Gegenwartssprache, Stuttgart/Berlin/Köln: Kohlhammer, 19984.
    • Elsen, Hilke: Neologismen, Tübingen: Narr, 2022.
    • Graf, Peter: Was nicht mehr im Duden steht. Eine Sprach- und Kulturgeschichte, Berlin: Duden-Verlag, 2019
    • Keller, Rudi: Sprachwandel. Von der unsichtbaren Hand der Sprache, Tübingen: Francke/UTB 2016
    • Moraldo, Sandro M.: Deutsch aktuell. Einführung in die Tendenzen der deutschen Gegenwartssprache 2, Roma: Carocci, 2011.
    • Schwitalla, Johannes: Gesprochenes Deutsch. Eine Einführung, Berlin: Erich Schmidt, 2003.

    Further bibliographical and didactic material will be provided during the semester (Aulaweb).

    Applied module

    Teaching materials will be communicated at the beginning of the semester by the lecturers and in Aulaweb.

     

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    Theoretical module: 30 hours, 2nd semester (February 2023). The courses scheduled for the academic year 2022/23 are expected to take place regularly .

    Language learning modules: 1st + 2nd semester:  first week of October, 2022. In accordance with the public health measures designed to contain the COVID-19, all courses are expected to take place regularly in classroom.

    Schedule: see Aulaweb and website www.lingue.unige.it

    Class schedule

    GERMAN LANGUAGE I

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Theory class:

    written exam (50% del final mark)

     

    Language exercises:

    1st year

    written exam (essay writing) +

    written translation exam (German-Italian)+

    oral exam

    2nd year

    written exam (essay writing) +

    oral exam

    (average of the marks of the exercise exams: 50% of the final mark)

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    The theory lessons will be concluded by an oral exam in which the arguments treated during the class will be asked about. The languages classes will be completed by written exams and an oral exam. During the oral exam at the end of the theory class the students have to provide evidence of their profound knowledge of the arguments dealt with during the lessons, the designed texts and the materials published in Aulaweb.

    Inscription for the exams on the homepage of the University of Genoa (www.unige.it) at the link „servizi online per gli studenti“.

     

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Target group

    The exam is obligatory for students in the first and in the second year of the master course in "Modern Languages and Literatures for cultural Services" LM 37/38

    Credits

    The total exam consisting in theory class and language exercises is equivalent to 9 credit points.

    Languages

    Lessons will be held in German language.

    Students with certifications:

    Students with certification of learning or other disabilities should inform the instructor at the beginning of the course in order to make arrangements for possible accommodations.