Learning outcomes of the course unit
At the end of the course in Lithuanian language students obtain a basic knowledge of the Lithuanian language, which will be useful for a further learning of this language.
Knowledge and understanding
Students will acquire knowledge and comprehension skills in the field of Lithuanian language thanks to two main sources: textbooks and frontal lectures, which main aim is to illustrate theoretical aspects through short conversations reading of short Lithuanian texts.
Applying knowledge and understanding
Students will be able to apply their knowledge and comprehension skills successfully in the study of Lithuanian grammar as well as teaching of Lithuanian language.
Students will acquire evaluation skills which will allow them to express autonomous judgements on Lithuanian grammar as well as the basic features of this language.
Students will also obtain a cultural baggage which will allow them to continue their studies in the linguistic field as well as contributing to their educational path as teachers of foreign languages.
Thanks to the critical considerations made on the main points of the subject, students will be able to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialists and non-specialists regarding Lithuanian linguistics.
The course does not require the knowledge of Lithuanian language.
Course contents summary
The Course is divided in two parts. The first part (about 20 hours), introduces the system of modern Lithuanian language: phonology (with pronunciation exercises), relation with writing, morphology and basic elements of syntax.
Birutė Žindžiūtė Michelini, "Grammatica della lingua lituana", Versus Aureus, 2007
The topics of the course are presented in 15 lessons lasting two hours each. At the end of each lesson the lecturer will arrange a consulting hour in his office in order to give the students the chance to receive explanations about the topics discussed during the lessons and the readings to prepare for the exam.
Assessment methods and criteria
The examination begins with some written exercises and ends with an oral part. During the oral part the first question will focus on a discussion of the mistakes done in the written exercises.
Three furter question are posed: two about Lithuanian morphology and one about one of the phrases read during lectures. The aim of the examination is to verify acquired knowledge, presentation skills and independent judgement. Starting from the acquired knowledge, through textbooks and lectures or potential alternative readings, a discussion aimed at verifying critical ability and independent judgement is encouraged.
An insufficient evaluation is motivated by the lack of a minimal knowledge of the subject, the inability to present coherently the main topics of the examination, and a complete lack of a critical approach toward the subject.
An evaluation between 18 and 21 out of 30 is motivated by a minimal level of knowledge of the subject and a performance during which the student proves a marginal ability to present coherently the main topics of the examination and a marginal critical approach.
An evaluation between 22 and 25 out of 30 is motivated by a fair level of knowledge of the subject and a performance during which the student proves a fair ability to present coherently the main topics of the examination and a fair critical approach.
An evaluation between 26 and 28 out of 30 is motivated by a good level of knowledge of the subject and a performance during which the student proves a good ability to present coherently the main topics of the examination and a good critical approach.
An evaluation between 29 and 30 out of 30 is motivated by an excellent level of knowledge of the subject and a performance during which the student proves an excellent ability to present coherently the main topics of the examination and an excellent critical approach.