Practical German 4


First semester Register

Second semester Register

(1) OT: date of placement test

(2) Where? In the "Where?" column you will find the name of the room or auditorium where the course takes place. You will find detailed info in the "Where to find us?" section.

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Content information

Starting level:

  • You can have a discussion on a familiar topic and give a short presentation on a familiar topic, be it with mistakes.
  • You can write a simple text, such as a formal or informal letter, be it with mistakes.
  • You can understand the gist of a spoken text, e.g. a news broadcast
  • You can understand a written text on a familiar topic and you are able to retrieve the main topic of a text on an unfamiliar topic.
  • You are familiar with the following items of basic grammar: the cases and their functions, adjective endings, present and past tenses, Konjunktiv II.
  • You take a placement test in the first session.

Content: This course puts communication skills centre stage: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Special emphasis is put on talking freely. To achieve this, we use the grammar and vocabulary items that were covered in the two preceding levels as a basis. Using current topics and themes from both private and work life, we practise the various skills, and broaden specific grammar topics.

  • Themes include: (dealing with) language, places of historical/social importance, work life, the media, healthy living, mobility …
  • Grammar foci: sentence word order and linking words, the passive and sentences using participle constructions
  • Vocabulary focuses on extending existing word fields with idiomatic expressions. Recognizing ‘false friends’ remains an important topic.

Placement test: Yes

Administrative data

Course abbreviation: PD4

Programme: VTO

Course fees

Price category: B

Useful info

Special information:
If you want to get an idea of your knowledge of German you can do the test at

Course book: UCT course book. You will receive this book from your language teacher in class.

Recommended books:

  • Krijgsman, Arjan: Prisma Taalbeheersing Basisgrammatica Duits
  • Langenscheidt Grosswörterbuch Deutsch als Fremdsprache, München: Langenscheidt-Verlag
  • Langenscheidt Taschenwörterbuch Niederländisch-Deutsch, München: Langenscheidt-Verlag
  • Lodder, H.G. (2004): Basisgrammatica Duits, Bussum: Coutinho

Recommended books extra information:
If you buy one or more of these books at Standaard Boekhandel, Kouter 31, 9000 Gent you receive a discount of 10% on the official price. Just mention that you are a UCT student.



Number of tuition hours: 30

Period: each sem.

Nr. of hours per week: 1 x 2 of/or 1 x 2,5

Course book available at: UCT

For who?: All