Academic Year 2023/2024 - Teacher: Vincenza SCUDERI

Expected Learning Outcomes

According to the Dublin descriptors, the course target is the level A2 of the European Portfolio. Main focus is developing consistent communication skills as well as good linguistic and cultural knowledge about the German-speaking countries, in order to enhance a good intercultural dialogue, learning skills necessary to undertake subsequent studies of German language with a high degree of autonomy.

The course will provide a number of lectures dedicated to linguistics grammar, morphology and translation, linked to a series of workshops and practical activities aiming at strengthening the acquisition of pragmatic-communicative skills and competences.

Course Structure

The course includes a series of lectures held by the teacher, and a series of practical exercises with native speakers.

Attendance of Lessons

Attendance is not compulsory.

Detailed Course Content

The course is divided into three parts: the first is dedicated to the acquisition of basic communication skills, and includes an introduction to the use of dictionaries and basic grammar chapters, and an introduction to issues of phonetics, phonology and morphology of the German language; the second will be dedicated to the history and the culture of the German-speaking Countries; the third one the third one will examine issues of culture and history starting from German language movies.

Textbook Information

1) Linguistic skills and competences (A2)

a) Course books:

- Wilfried Krenn, Herbert Puchta, Motive. Kompaktkurs DaF. Kursbuch, A1, A2, B1, Lektion 1-30. Deutsch als Fremdsprache, Hueber, München 2016, pp. 1-165 (the chapters about levels A1-A2). ISBN 978-3-19-001878-9

- Wilfried Krenn, Herbert Puchta, Motive. Kompaktkurs DaF. Arbeitsbuch, A1, A2, B1, Lektion 1-30. Deutsch als Fremdsprache, Hueber, München 2016, pp. 1-162 (the chapters about levels A1-A2). ISBN 978-3-19-031878-0


b) Grammar books:

M.G. Saibene, Grammatica descrittiva della lingua tedesca, Carocci, Roma 2020 ‎ (ISBN 978-8843099818) (only the parts about levels A1 and A2)


And a grammar book with exercises:

M. Reimann, Grammatica di base della lingua tedesca, Hueber, Ismaning 2018 (ISBN 978-3-19-051575-2) (only the parts about levels A1 and A2)


Or the German edition:

M. Reimann, Grundstufen-Grammatik für Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Grammatik mit integriertem Lösungsschlüssel, Erklärungen und Übungen, aktualisierte Auflage, Hueber, Ismaning 2022 (ISBN 978-3-19-181575-2)

(only the parts about levels A1 and A2)


c) Dictionary Italian – German:

- L. Giacoma and S. Kolb (eds), Il nuovo dizionario di tedesco. Dizionario Tedesco-Italiano Italienisch-Deutsch, second edition, with CD-Rom, Zanichelli, Bologna 2009.


d) Issues about phonetic, phonology and morphology:

- C. Di Meola, La linguistica tedesca, Bulzoni, Roma 2007 [chap. I (phonetic and phonology, p. 17-53), and II (morphology, p. 57-87)]


e) Reading text:

Leonhard Thoma, Doros Date und andere Geschichten. Lektüre für Erwachsene mit Audios online, Hueber, 2019, 48 p.


2) Culture and history of the German-speaking Countries (Landeskunde)

a) Nava, Massimo, Storia della Germania dopo il muro. Dall'unificazione all'egemonia in Europa, Rizzoli, Milano, 2020, pp. 240.

b) Reader (it will be available on the platform Studium; circa 30 p.)


3) History of German speaking countries through movies

- Reader (it will be available on the platform Studium).


Please remember that in compliance with art 171 L22.04.1941, n. 633 and its amendments, it is illegal to copy entire books or journals, only 15% of their content can be copied.

For further information on sanctions and regulations concerning photocopying please refer to the regulations on copyright (Linee Guida sulla Gestione dei Diritti d’Autore) provided by AIDRO - Associazione Italiana per i Diritti di Riproduzione delle opere dell’ingegno (the Italian Association on Copyright).

All the books listed in the programs can be consulted in the Library.