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German Language and Literature

Study Cycle: First Cycle (Undergraduate)
Faculty: Languages, Cultures and Communications
Academic year: 2013 / 2014
Title: Bachelor of German Language and Literature
ECTS: 180 (3 years) Accrediation

The Department of German Language, Literature and Culture has existed since the establishment of SEEU in 2001, and has been functioning within the framework of the Faculty of Languages, Cultures and Communications. Since the 2005/2006 academic year, the Department of German has been offering undergraduate studies which last three years and which pursue the Bologna Declaration and the ECTS system. Second cycle studies, i.e. Master studies, last two years (German Studies).

The main aim of this study program is to prepare students for becoming good teachers of German in the primary and secondary schools in Macedonia and abroad.

The most important disciplines in the German Department are as follows: linguistics, literature, culture and civilization, and methodology of teaching German as a foreign language. Also, a lot of attention is paid to language competences.

The department has successfully implemented the Bologna reforms, and the students can now choose the modules one by one, which corresponds to modern teaching/learning standards. Every year 25 – 30 students are admitted to our department and once they are done with their studies, which last 6 semesters, they earn the title Bachelor of Arts; then they can pursue their post-graduate studies for another four semesters in which the following disciplines are offered: linguistics, literature, culture and didactics. Currently there are about 100 enrolled students at the Department of German Language.

The teaching process is performed by local university professors as well as professors from the German-speaking areas whose teaching qualifications fully comply with the most modern methods and techniques. Our department plays an important role not only at a national level but at regional level too. In this respect, the development and implementation of new study programs, as well as the quality in the field of preparing teachers of German as a foreign language, is worthy of mention. Currently there are on staff 7 university professors (an associate professor, a docent, a lector and four professors from the German-speaking countries). The department collaborators are very active in different associations; they organize international scientific conferences, develop joint-study programs and curricula and cooperate with Germanists from this country and abroad (cooperation with some universities from German-speaking areas, including the Education University from Central Switzerland [Zug, Luzern, Switzerland], the Bamberg University, Humboldt University in Berlin, Jenna University, Erlangen University in Nuremberg as well as numerous German Language Departments in different countries in which German is spoken. Special attention in our department is paid to student and staff mobility. They have the opportunity to become part of different academic exchange programs, as is the case with the Education University from Central Switzerland (Zug, Luzern, Switzerland) in which four students of the German Department stay for four weeks every year in order to acquire the experience of Swiss schools; other programs include DAAD, BAIHOST, SOCRATES and ERASMUS.

The structure of the three-year program contains studies which are dynamic, integrative and interactive in their nature. The program has been designed to offer an integrative approach to topics in the field of languages, cultures and communications, by implementing this concept through the curricula. The courses represented in this program reflect perspectives which are based on the theoretical-practical application of languages, culture, arts, education and communication in the real world. The main aims are as follows:

  • To prepare students for the position of leaders in educational, cultural and scientific institutions and organizations in the country and abroad;
  • Prepare students to build a good career within their professions in the state, private or non-governmental sector;
  • Offer a series of modules which encompass the basic elements of professions which are more or less related to education and culture;
  • Develop research skills and experience in terms of languages, literature and culture in public, private and international organizations;
  • Develop the concept of critical thinking;
  • Enable students to get actively involved in teaching and to perform independent research in all fields of the social, educational, cultural and scientific organizations and institutions;
  • Develop personal skills and abilities in communication, research and other necessary areas.

The undergraduate studies program offers students a deep understanding and knowledge in the field of education and culture and it also directs them to certain fields in which they specialize in their last year of studies. During the three-year studies the students are offered opportunities for practical work (internship) which helps them apply their acquired knowledge and skills in their respective fields.

The composition of the curriculum aims at a balanced combination of basic knowledge and specific professional skills. The first year is quite important since it consists of a whole spectrum of interdisciplinary courses, which will help them in their future professional qualification.

After the completion of the undergraduate studies of three years, i.e. the first study cycle, the students of the Department of German Language and Literature acquire the title Bachelor of Arts. The graduates acquire knowledge, skills and competences which prepare them for pursuing their further education goals which is enrolment in the second study cycle, namely Master studies in German Language, Literature and/or Culture, or to start their career as modern German Language teachers in primary and secondary schools. In addition, the modules in the field of linguistics, literature and culture as well as didactics, enable the students to perform other activities too in the field of public administration, marketing, diplomacy, public and private institutions, translation and interpretation, enforcement of Macedonian-German relations, politics, culture, journalism and publishing houses, international corporations, tourism, etc. 

Knowledge and understanding
  • Have knowledge and understanding in the field of German studies which are built upon their overall knowledge from secondary education.
  • Acquire good language competences in the four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing).
  • Know and understand cultural issues related to German-speaking countries and analyze and assess critically the German language, literature, history, society and media.
  • Know and understand different periods and great literature authors of the German-speaking countries.
  • Have knowledge over a spectrum of teaching techniques and resources, including the technological tools in order to stimulate the interest and support for learning German as a foreign language.
Applying knowledge and understanding
  • To be able to implement their methodological skills in their teaching profession in primary and secondary schools.
  • To be able to apply their knowledge and skills in official court translations from German to Albanian and vice versa.
  • To use German language appropriately in different academic and social circumstances.
  • To support or reject arguments and resolve problems related to their field of study, i.e. German linguistics, literature and methodology. 
Making judgement
  • To be able to analyze modern issues and debate based on their linguistic, cultural and literary knowledge and skills.
  • To be able to assess the appropriateness of teaching techniques which include different learning styles in a classroom where German is taught/learnt as a foreign language.
  • To be able to assess different texts being aware of the language used, style, symbols and metaphors.
  • Compare and contrast literature texts in different eras and nations.
  • Collect and interpret basic linguistic data with regard to German language. 
Communication skills
  • Communicate efficiently with students and pupils in a classroom.
  • Produce and organize accurate grammatical expressions and complex sentences.
  • Communicate in German by using appropriate professional vocabulary both for specific and unspecific audiences.
  • Debate by using well-expressed thoughts for different aspects of German cultural trends, thinkers and historical events. 
Learning skills
  • Have autonomous learning skills and be self-motivated for achieving their professional goals through independent usage of authentic materials.
  • Develop systematic productive and receptive skills in the context of German studies.
  • To be able to develop different teaching techniques and materials related to their teaching environment 

Semester 1

  • [6 ECTS] Introduction to German linguistics
    The aim of this introductory course is to offer a broad array of modern German linguistics. This course deals with issues and fields of research in the linguistic sciences, its concepts, methods and results as well as its theories and developments. Within the framework of the subject, the following topics will be covered: language, communication and semiotics, phonetics and phonology, word groups, graphemes and orthography, word formation and inflection, word groups, syntax, traditional sentence analysis, dependence and valence, semantics, socio-linguistics, pragmatics and text linguistics, etc.
  • [6 ECTS] Introduction to German Literature studies
    This course aims at giving an introduction to German literature, covering the period from the medieval age to the modern era, as well as to literary terminology in general. Within this course, important authors and works will be dealt with, covering different periods of time and various genres. The periods include: the medieval age, humanism, baroque, classicism, romanticism, expressionism and 20th century literature.
  • [6 ECTS] Contemporary German Language I
    The aim of this course is the acquisition of language competences at the A2/1 level. Within the framework of this course, the students will improve their language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening). In addition, they will get information about, and impressions from, the German-speaking area and will get introduced to modern developments in the German-speaking countries. Special attention is paid to the main language skills such as reading, writing, speaking, listening and grammar and by the end of the course the students should be able to communicate using the above-mentioned skills at least at a basic level. The students practice pronunciation and intonation, basic grammar, sentence structures and basic writing rules. They also read simple texts, dialogues, letters, narrations, etc. They learn new vocabulary by practicing real-life situations.
  • [6 ECTS] Free electives
    Language Courses
    • Albanian Language for Professional Purposes
    • Academic Writing in English
    • Academic Writing in Macedonian
    • Academic Writing in Albanian
    • German Language (level 1 to 4)
    • French Language
    Communication Skills
    • Public Speaking
    • Intercultural Studies
    • Communication Skills
    IT Skills
    • Advanced Excel
    • Advanced IT skills
    • Advanced knowledge of Word and PowerPoint
    • Google Apps
    • Advanced Access
    • Desktop Publications
    • Web Publications
    Miscellaneous
    • Environmental Protection
    • Sports, Recreation and Culture
    • Professional Career Development
  • [3 ECTS] Elective courses 1
    • Albanian Language I
    • Macedonian Language I
  • [3 ECTS] Elective courses 2
    • English Language I

Semester 2

  • [6 ECTS] Contemporary German Language II
    The aim of this course is the acquisition of language competences at the A2/2 level. It is a continuation of Contemporary German Language I. Within the framework of this course, the students will improve their language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening). In addition, they will get information about, and impressions from, the German-speaking area and will get introduced to modern developments in the German-speaking countries. Special attention is paid to the main language skills such as reading, writing, speaking, listening and grammar by using the Schritte International 4 and 5 textbooks. The students practice pronunciation and intonation, basic grammar, sentence structures and basic writing rules. They also read simple texts, dialogues, letters, narrations, etc. They learn new vocabulary by practicing real-life situations.
  • [6 ECTS] Phonetics and Phonology
    The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to phonetics and phonology. The physiological foundations of speech production as well as the articulation and acoustic descriptions and classification of sounds (consonants and vowels) are given priority in this course. Certain transcription problems and issues are dealt with in this course. The second part consists of different descriptive approaches to German phonology. The exercises in phonematics and co-articulation in the German language as well as its variations show their implementation.
  • [6 ECTS] History of German Literature of the 18th century
    This course aims at providing an overview of German literature of the 18th century. The students are expected to get acquainted to the most famous authors and works from this period, in order to understand the circumstances under which they had created and produced their works in the mentioned time frame. The course should make students get into the motifs for the interpretation and creation of written texts. The students will get information about values and movements in literature and the society as a whole across all Europe. The following authors are planned to be analyzed in this course: Gottsched, Lessing, Goethe, and Schiller - Aufklärung in the history of culture in Europe and Germany, Sturm-und-Drang-Phase - German classicism.
  • [6 ECTS] Free electives
    Language Courses
    • Albanian Language for Professional Purposes
    • Academic Writing in English
    • Academic Writing in Macedonian
    • Academic Writing in Albanian
    • German Language (level 1 to 4)
    • French Language
    Communication Skills
    • Public Speaking
    • Intercultural Studies
    • Communication Skills
    IT Skills
    • Advanced Excel
    • Advanced IT skills
    • Advanced knowledge of Word and PowerPoint
    • Google Apps
    • Advanced Access
    • Desktop Publications
    • Web Publications
    Miscellaneous
    • Environmental Protection
    • Sports, Recreation and Culture
    • Professional Career Development
  • [3 ECTS] Elective courses 3
    • English Language II
  • [3 ECTS] Elective courses 4
    • Albanian Language II
    • Macedonian Language II

Semester 3

  • [6 ECTS] Contemporary German Language III
    The aim of this course is to acquire language competences at the B1/1 level. Within this course the previous skills and knowledge will be deepened and enforced paying special attention to conversation and writing. Writing skills will also be practiced through a lot of in-class assignments as well as homework (essays, presentations, invitations, etc.). Speaking skills will be practiced in class through group work, presentations, games, etc., and there are also additional exercises in order to improve grammar.
  • [6 ECTS] Morphology
    The aim of this course is to introduce students to the basic concepts of German morphology. Changeable and unchangeable words are the first to be discussed in this course. The following features of the standard German language are reviewed in this course: * Basic morphological notions: morpheme, word, inflection, classification of syntactic criteria, full verbs, classification of verbs based on semantic criteria, classification of verbs based on syntactic criteria, infinitive forms of verbs (infinitive, participle 1, participle 2, tense, use of tenses, modal verbs, the passive, functions of the active and the passive voice, verb forms, connectors, modal words, particles, etc.)
  • [6 ECTS] History of German Literature of the 19th century
    This course aims at providing an overview of the German literature of the 19th century. The students are expected to get acquainted to the most famous authors and works from this period, in order to understand the circumstances under which they created and produced their works in the mentioned time frame. The course should make students get into the motifs for the interpretation and creation of written texts. The students will get information about values and movements in literature and the society as a whole across all Europe. The following authors are planned to be analyzed in this course: Kleist, Tieck, Schlegel, Novalis, Hoffmann, Grillparzer, Heine, Büchner, Keller, Fontane Grillparzer, Nestroy, Heine, Büchner, Keller, and Fontane.
  • [6 ECTS] Free electives
    Language Courses
    • Albanian Language for Professional Purposes
    • Academic Writing in English
    • Academic Writing in Macedonian
    • Academic Writing in Albanian
    • German Language (level 1 to 4)
    • French Language
    Communication Skills
    • Public Speaking
    • Intercultural Studies
    • Communication Skills
    IT Skills
    • Advanced Excel
    • Advanced IT skills
    • Advanced knowledge of Word and PowerPoint
    • Google Apps
    • Advanced Access
    • Desktop Publications
    • Web Publications
    Miscellaneous
    • Environmental Protection
    • Sports, Recreation and Culture
    • Professional Career Development
  • [6 ECTS] Elective courses 5
    • Introduction to methodology and academic writing techniques
    • New German orthography
    • Creative writing

Semester 4

  • [6 ECTS] Contemporary German Language IV
    The aim of this course is to acquire language competences at the B1/2 level. Within this course the previous skills and knowledge will be deepened and enforced paying special attention to conversation and writing. Writing skills will also be practiced through a lot of in-class assignments as well as homework (essays, presentations, invitations, etc.). Speaking skills will be practiced in class through group work, presentations, games, etc. Schritte international 5 is the textbook to be used in this course. There will be a lot of daily routine conversations, dialogues, short compositions, simplified versions of newspaper texts, phonetic exercises, etc. Complex grammatical structures will also be practiced and discussed.
  • [6 ECTS] Syntax
    The aim of this course is to introduce students to the basic concepts of German syntax. Priority is given to the structure of German sentences. Within the framework of this course, the following topics will be reviewed: * Basic notions in syntax: What is a sentence? * Samples of sentence analysis * Types of sentences: a simple sentence, complex sentence, linked and added sentences - Angabesätze, Attributsätze, Wortstellung, Grammatische Kongruenz and Satzfeld and Satzklammer * Problems of the theory of valence * The difference between Ergänzungen and Angaben * Sentence patterns, valence of adjectives and nouns * Different grammatical patterns By the end of the course, students will have acquired the most important notions in syntax and grammar valence and they will be able to apply, contrastively analyze and use appropriately in their everyday situations.
  • [6 ECTS] Civilization of the German-speaking area
    The aim of this course is to inform students of the basic components of the culture and civilization of German-speaking people including the ideological, scientific-technological, social and cultural aspects, developments, case studies and achievements of Germany and other German-speaking countries in centuries. The following topics will be dealt with specifically: * Review of the German history (19th and 20th century) * Review of authors, ideas, concepts and reception of * German philosophy * German music * German sciences (cultural and technological) * Other German arts, etc.
  • [6 ECTS] Elective courses 6
    • History of German Literature of the 20th century (1900-1945)
    • Analysis of literary texts
    • Interpretation of literary texts
  • [6 ECTS] Elective courses 7
    • Translation from German into Albanian/Macedonian
    • The EU’s language policy

Semester 5

  • [6 ECTS] Contemporary German Language V
    The aim of this course is mastering the language competences at the B2/1 level. It is a continuation of Contemporary German Language 4. The knowledge has to be expanded gradually especially in terms of German grammar and conversation. Conversation and discussion about the read materials which include current and actual topics is very important. By the end of the course students should be able to compose more complex sentences and comprehend more difficult texts. The language skills should be further improved, especially speaking and the articulation of more complex sentences. Different exercises will be done and the vocabulary will be enriched.
  • [6 ECTS] Word formation
    This course consists of basic notions in German word formation. In the first place, the following topics will be discussed: * notion, subject, assignments and methods * word formation theories * the position of word formation in grammar * the origins of word formation in the German language * word formation units, processes and types * word formation of German compound nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs compared to Albanian and Macedonian ones * active and inactive forms * lexical and textual words (occasionalisms)
  • [6 ECTS] Methodology of German as a foreign language (teaching) I
    This course provides an overview of the methodology of teaching German and its relations to similar disciplines and the methods of teaching any foreign language: grammatical-translation, direct, audio-visual, audio-lingual, cognitive method, and communicative approach with pragmatic-functional and intercultural concepts. Coursework will also include alternative methods, Intercultural Germanistics, teaching factors and pedagogical principles, methodic-didactic principles, learning theories and learning strategies. Further subjects include the role of the teacher’s personality, social forms and working forms, communicative competence and language skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading comprehension and writing. Finally, we examine the mains theories of assessment, tests, standardized tests, and the Common European Framework of Reference and Language Portfolio.
  • [6 ECTS] Elective courses 8
    • Learning German as a foreign language
    • Contrastive analysis
  • [6 ECTS] Elective courses 9
    • Contemporary German Literature
    • Swiss and Austrian Civilization

Semester 6

  • [6 ECTS] Contemporary German Language VI
    The aim of this course is the acquisition of language competences at the B2/2 level. It is a continuation of Contemporary German Language 5. Special attention is paid to the main language skills such as reading, writing, speaking, listening and grammar by using the Ziel Kursbuch B2/2 textbooks. Based on authentic and actual texts, video-presentations, discussions and writing the students will be able to practice the above-mentioned skills quite well. They will also learn to agree, disagree and answer to certain questions in class.
  • [6 ECTS] Grammar and grammar teaching
    This course aims at introducing students to the most important grammatical characteristics and rules of the German language (especially in the field of morphology and syntax). The knowledge acquired from this course is crucial for teachers of German as a foreign language, who deal with issues regarding the implementation and specific analysis of these grammatical phenomena and their concrete formulation for didactics.
  • [6 ECTS] Methodology of German as a foreign language (teaching) II
    The goal of this course is to provide an overview of the following problems which are connected to the methodology of German as a foreign language: types of lectures, planning, realization and assessment. We will also study class objectives, course material selection, classification and presentation, grammatical progression, and the selection and progression of topics from the lexis. There is an added focus upon additional means and media in teaching. Within the framework of this course, 10 class hours have been planned for observation of German language classes in primary and secondary schools as well as in other educational institutions. Every student has to teach 3-4 model-classes and a practical class (exam). All of the differentiated and complete theoretical and practical knowledge (skills and abilities), previously acquired, has to be applied in these classes.
  • [6 ECTS] Elective courses 10
    • History of German Language
    • Error Analysis
    • Swiss and Austrian Civilization
  • [6 ECTS] Elective courses 11
    • Testing and assessment in German Language as a foreign language
    • Lexicology and Lexicography
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