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Course unit
LEL1000466, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
LE0610, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination GERMAN LANGUAGE
Department of reference Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction German, Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
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Teacher in charge DANIELE VECCHIATO L-LIN/14

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses L-LIN/14 German Language and Translation 9.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 42 183.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
4 1920 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 VECCHIATO DANIELE (Presidente)
MASIERO FEDERICA (Membro Effettivo)
3 1819 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 MARX SONIA (Presidente)
MASIERO FEDERICA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Linguistic abilities in German language at B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Target skills and knowledge: Competences in the production and comprehension of written and oral texts at C1 level.
Ability to formulate metalinguistic reflections on advanced structures of standard German language, also by establishing comparisons with Italian grammar.
Ability to write a commented résumé of a literary, scientific or journalistic text.
Specific knowledge in German history and theory of translation as well as in the most relevant contemporary translation practices.
Examination methods: The exam consists of a translation portfolio, a written exam, and an oral exam.

The translation portfolio (two short texts, max. 10 pages) will be prepared in consultation with the module convenor. It must be sent per email as a PDF file before the end of the module.

The written exam (4 hours) requires the students to summarize and comment on an essay concerning aspects of German literature and culture.

Both the portfolio and the written exam must obtain a positive evaluation in order for the student to be admitted to the oral exam (20 minutes). This consists of a short presentation by the student and a conversation at academic level in German. Furthermore, the oral exam will assess the acquisition of theoretical knowledge as well as the ability to read and translate a short passage from German into Italian.
Assessment criteria: The exam will evaluate the linguistic abilities in German at C1 level, as well as translation competences and the ability to engage in metalinguistic reflections.
Course unit contents: Contents:

The part of the course taught by language experts is aimed at developing the students’ written and oral competence in German language at C1 level. In particular, skills in translation, academic conversation and written production will be trained, in order to prepare the students to the final exam.

The module held by the convenor will explore questions related to the history and theory of translation in German culture, and will focus on contemporary approaches and strategies in translation.

The students will also be required to read either Uwe Timm’s novella “Die Entdeckung der Currywurst” or the edited volume “Eure Heimat ist unser Albtraum” in preparation for the oral exam.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course involves traditional lectures and interactive seminars combined with practical exercises.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Further information on learning materials:

Most learning materials will be handed out in class or uploaded on the e-learning platform.

Students who are not able to attend the courses are requested to contact the module convenor well in advance of the exam.

Reference texts:

Language course books:
- Hall K./Scheiner B., Übungsgrammatik für die Oberstufe, Ismaning: Hueber, 2014 (ISBN 978-3192074486).

Suggested reading for the theoretical module:
- Albrecht J., Literarische Übersetzung. Geschichte – Theorie – Kulturelle Wirkung. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 1998 (ISBN 3-534-10915-5).
- Bassnett S., Translation Studies. Fourth Edition. New York: Routledge, 2014 (ISBN 978-0-415-50673-1) o edizioni successive.
- Berman A., La prova dell’estraneo. Cultura e traduzione nella Germania romantica. Macerata: Quodlibet, 1997 (ISBN 88-86570-15-5).
- Bertazzoli R., La traduzione: Teorie e metodi. Roma: Carocci, 2006 (ISBN 88-430-3697-1) o edizioni successive.
- Cinato Kather L., Mediazione linguistica tedesco-italiano. Aspetti teorici e applicativi. Esempi di strategie traduttive. Casi di testi tradotti. Milano: Hoepli, 2018 (ISBN 978-88-203-4501-3), cap. 1-7.
- Eco U., Dire quasi la stessa cosa. Esperienze di traduzione. Milano: Bompiani, 2003 (ISBN 88-452-5397-X) o edizioni successive, cap. 1, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13.
- Osimo B., Storia della traduzione. Riflessioni sul linguaggio traduttivo dall’antichità ai contemporanei. Milano: Hoepli, 2002 (ISBN 88-203-3037-3) o edizioni successive.

Reading for the oral exam:
- Aydemir F., Yaghoobifarah H. (Hrsg.), Eure Heimat ist unser Albtraum. Berlin: Ullstein, 2019 (ISBN 978-3-96101-036-3).
- Timm U., Die Entdeckung der Currywurst. Novelle, München: Detuscher Taschenbuch Verlag, 2009 (ISBN 978-3-423-12839-1) o edizioni successive.

Suggested dictionaries:
- Duden Universalwörterbuch, Mannheim: Bibliographisches Institut 2011, (ISBN 978-3411055074) o edizioni successive.
- Giacoma L., Kolb S., Il Nuovo Dizionario di Tedesco. Dizionario Tedesco-Italiano, Italiano-Tedesco, Bologna: Zanichelli 2009, (ISBN 978-8808177681) o edizioni successive.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

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  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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