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Competitive Events and Judging Criteria

Art Displays

Art Displays can be made by individuals, small groups or an entire class. Displays must include a title and short description / explanation in German, name of the school, teacher and artists. Displays will be judged on their relation to the German Day theme, use of the German language and culture, creativity, originality and aesthetic appearance.

Comics

Comics can be made by individuals or small groups and must include a title in German, the name of the school, teacher and artists. Comics will be judged on their relation to the German Day theme, use of the German language and culture, creativity, originality and general appeal.

Commercials

Commericals are performed live: 3 minutes maximum per student or group.

There are 4 levels of commercials. Each school is allowed up to 3 entries per level. Commercials will be judged on their relation to the German Day theme, use of the German language and culture, creativity, originality and general appeal.

Food

Food is not a category this year. If you had your heart set on cooking, see German for All below.

German for All (Deutsch für alle) 

Submission deadline 11:59pm March 3, 2017.

German for All allows you to promote German language and culture in your community! For example, students might create promotional posters for German, teach basic German words and phrases to an elementary class, foster a city partnership or exchange program, have a German bake sale or "Taste of Germany" fair, perform a musical piece from a German composer—the possibilities are endless! Upon completing the project or activity, students should submit electronically a written description, digital photo album or PowerPoint presentation to us, complete with evidence such as pictures, videos, URLs, etc. Entries will be judged on how effectively contestants promote the study of German.

Submission deadline 11:59pm March 3, 2017. Submit videos here (Link to google form to be posted)

Music

8 minutes max. per student or group--this includes set-up and break-down time.

Students can perform music individually, in pairs or in groups. Before each performance, students must explain briefly in German what they will perform. Musical performances will be judged on accuracy, style, ability to communicate through music. Performers will also be judged on their use of the German language and culture and to the extent possible, how their performance relates to this year’s theme of German Day.

Poetry

5 minutes max. per student.

There are 4 levels. Each participant will recite one German poem (2017 list to be posted) from memory. The recitation must include the poem’s title and author. Students will be judged on pronunciation, phrasing, presentation, interpretation and accuracy. 2 entries per school per level. See sample poems from 2016 here.

Reading

5 minutes max. per student.

There are 4 levels. Students will be given a text they have never seen before and have 1–2 minutes to look it over. They will then read the text for the judges. Readings are judged on pronunciation, accuracy and fluency. 2 entries per school per level.

Skits

8 minutes max. per student or group.

There are 4 levels of skits. A school may enter up to 2 skits per level. Performances will be judged on pronunciation, originality, expression, projection, presentation and relevance to German Day theme. 2 entries per school per level.

Speaking 

5 minutes per student or group.

There are 4 levels. The contestants at each level will interact orally with the judges and other students, if applicable. In addition to questions relating to the German Day theme of the year, judges may introduce any of the following topics: Wie geht's?, meine Familie, meine Hobbys, mein Zimmer, im Klassenzimmer, das Haus, Kleidung, Essen und Trinken, das Wetter, Sport, die Arbeit, in der Schule, letzten Sommer, eine Reise, Pläne für die Zukunft, Filme, Bücher, mein(e) Lieblings _____. Students may also introduce topics. Judgments will be based on pronunciation, grammatical accuracy, quantity and fluency. 2 entries per school per level.

Spelling Bee 

There are 3 levels (beginner, more advanced, native speaker). The spelling bee words will be all in German. If a word has an umlauted vowel the student should say a-umlaut, o-umlaut, or u-umlaut in order to properly distinguish it from an un-umlauted vowel. The difficulty/length of the words will increase as the competition progresses (i.e. normal spelling bee rules). Once a student misses, s/he is out of the competition.

Spelling Bee Words, Level 1

Spelling Bee Words, Level 2

Spelling Bee Words, Native Speakers

Sing-along Videos

Submission deadline 11:59pm March 3, 2017.

5 minutes max per student or group.

Students create a video recording of themselves individually, in pairs or in groups singing along to or covering a song. They can sing along to a recording, such as a youtube or karaoke song video or play their own instruments. The inspiration for this is 1) the variety and availability online of German popular music created by and for young people since the 1950s; 2) viral sing-along videos such as “carpool karaoke.” Here’s an example of a song cover video in German: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0QyeMuFIdc (from Minute 00:20 on)

Musical performances will be judged on accuracy, style, ability to communicate through music. Performers will also be judged on how their performance and song choice relates to this year’s theme of German Day.

Submission deadline 11:59pm March 3, 2017. Technical tips: rehearse before filming and make sure sound and picture are clear. Submit videos here (Link to google form to be posted)

Videos

Submission deadline 11:59pm March 3, 2017.

10 minutes max. per video.

Students may produce a video in German as an individual or group. There are 2 levels: entry level and more advanced level students. Videos will be judged on their relation to the German Day theme, use of the German language and culture, creativity, originality, comprehensibility and general appeal. Content should be PG-13 and original.

Submission deadline 11:59pm March 3, 2017. Technical tips: rehearse before filming and make sure sound and picture are clear. Submit videos here (Link to google form to be posted)

Website Design.

Submission deadline 11:59pm March 3, 2017.

Students may produce a website in German as an individual or group. There are 2 levels: entry level and more advanced level students. Websites will be judged on their relation to the German Day theme, use of the German language and culture, creativity, originality and general appeal. If you must use material you do not create yourself, do so sparingly and cite all sources. Plagiarism means automatic disqualification. Click here to view past website entries.

Submission deadline 11:59pm March 3, 2017. Submit videos here (Link to google form to be posted)

Zines / Fanzines.

This DIY mini-magazine can be about anything: music, sports, politics, etc. Students can make zines individually, in pairs or in groups. Zines will be judged on their relation to the German Day theme, use of German language and culture, use of the zine form to communicate, accuracy, creativity, originality and general appeal. For more information: https://www.goethe.de/en/kul/med/20629575.html

Videos about Zines online abound. For example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9INUang4oMA

https://vimeo.com/18312616

Fotos: http://zinefestberlin.com/fotos/