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2021 Competitive Events and Judging Criteria

German Day 2021 will be comprised of both asynchronous and synchronous (via Zoom) events. As a general rule, all submitted content should be original and align with a PG-13 rating.

Deadline for submitting asynchronous projects: 11:59pm ET, Friday, March 5

Deadline for registering for synchronous events: 11:59pm ET, Friday, March 5

Submit asynchronous projects and register for synchronous events here: Registration / Project Submission

There are 3 levels of events:

  • Level 1: 1-2 years of German
  • Level 2: 2+ years of German
  • Level 3: Native/Heritage German speaker

Asynchronous Events

Please see the event descriptions below for submission guidelines. All projects should be submitted using this form. Submission deadline: 11:59pm ET, Friday, March 5.

Art Displays, Category A (2-D Artwork)

2-D Art Displays (paintings, drawings, posters, etc.) can be made by individuals, small groups or an entire class. Displays must include a title and short description / explanation in German. Displays will be judged on their relation to the German Day theme, use of the German language and culture, creativity, originality and aesthetic appearance.

All levels.

Art Displays (Category A) should be submitted as an image file.

Art Displays, Category B (3-D Artwork)

3-D Art Displays (sculptures, models, dioramas, lego constructions, etc.) can be made by individuals, small groups, or an entire class. Displays must include a title and short description / explanation in German. Displays will be judged on their relation to the German Day theme, use of the German language and culture, creativity, originality and aesthetic appearance.

All levels.

Art Displays (Category B) should be submitted as an image file. More than one image file may be submitted for Art Displays in Category B.

Comics

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

All levels. Maximum 2 entries per school, per level.

Comics should be submitted as image files; each "frame" of the comic should be submitted as an individual image file, and image file names should use a clear numbering system to identify the order of the images.

(Fan)zines

Zines (booklets with original texts and images) can be made by individuals or small groups.  zine is self-made booklet, created by physically writing, painting/drawing,cutting and/or gluing text and images together on paper. The publication is usually folded and stapled. Zines must include a title in German. Zines will be judged on their relation to the German Day theme, use of the German language and culture, the story told, creativity, originality and general appeal.

All levels. Maximum 2 entries per school, per level.

(Fan)zines should be submitted as image files; each page of the zine should be submitted as an individual image file, and image file names should use a clear numbering system to identify the order of the images.

Videos, Category A: German for All (Deutsch für alle) 

“German for All” allows you to promote German language and culture in your (online) community! For example, students might create promotional posters for “Grenzenlos Deutsch,” teach basic German words and phrases to an (online) elementary class, foster a city partnership or exchange program, have a (virtual) "Taste of Grenzenlos Deutsch,” perform a musical piece from a German speaking composer—the possibilities are endless! Entries will be judged on how effectively contestants promote the study of German.

All levels.

Videos should be uploaded to YouTube as an "unlisted" video. If you are not able to upload a video to YouTube, please send the video file to german.day@umich.edu.

Videos, Category B: Music

5 minutes max - not including the spoken introduction of the piece

Student(s) can perform music individually, in pairs or in groups. Before each performance, student(s) must explain briefly in German what they will perform and how/if it relates to the German Day theme. Musical performances will be judged on accuracy, style, ability to communicate through music.

All levels.

Videos should be uploaded to YouTube as an "unlisted" video. If you are not able to upload a video to YouTube, please send the video file to german.day@umich.edu.

Vidoes, Category C: Karaoke

5 minutes max, not including the spoken introduction of the song

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. Before each performance, student(s) must explain briefly in German what they will perform and how/if it relates to the German Day theme. 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, and ability to communicate through music. Performers will also be judged on how their performance and song choice relates to this year’s German Day theme.

All levels.

Videos should be uploaded to YouTube as an "unlisted" video. If you are not able to upload a video to YouTube, please send the video file to german.day@umich.edu.

Videos, Category D: Skits

10 minutes max 

Students produce a video of a skit in German as a group. 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.

All levels.

Videos should be uploaded to YouTube as an "unlisted" video. If you are not able to upload a video to YouTube, please send the video file to german.day@umich.edu.

Videos, Category E: Cooking Shows

10 minutes max

Students produce a video of themselves preparing a German dish in the style of a cooking show. Students may work alone or in a group. Videos should depict the entire cooking process from start to finish; consequently students should stop filming when something is cooking/baking, and resume filming when the next step transpires. Students should explain each step, the ingredients, the measurements, and temperature if applicable. In short: Teach us how to cook food from German speaking countries/communities. Videos will be judged on their relation to the German Day theme, use of the German language and culture, creativity, originality, comprehensibility, general appeal, and showmanship.

All levels. Level 1 may include English if necessary.

Videos should be uploaded to YouTube as an "unlisted" video. If you are not able to upload a video to YouTube, please send the video file to german.day@umich.edu.

Videos, Category F: News Broadcasts

5 minutes max

Students produce a video of a news broadcast about current events as an individual or a group. Videos will be judged on their relevance to the German Day theme, use of the German language and culture, creativity, originality, comprehensibility and general appeal. Content should be PG-13. No fake news!

All levels. Level 1 may include English if necessary.

Videos should be uploaded to YouTube as an "unlisted" video. If you are not able to upload a video to YouTube, please send the video file to german.day@umich.edu.

Videos, Category G: German Lessons (You are the German teacher!)

5 minutes max

Students produce a video of themselves “teaching” a German grammatical or cultural topic. Videos will be judged on their relevance 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.

All levels. Level 1 may include English if necessary.

Videos should be uploaded to YouTube as an "unlisted" video. If you are not able to upload a video to YouTube, please send the video file to german.day@umich.edu.

Videos, Category H: Commercials

5 minutes max

Students produce a commercial as an individual or group. Videos will be judged on their relevance 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.

All levels. Level 1 may include English if necessary.

Videos should be uploaded to YouTube as an "unlisted" video. If you are not able to upload a video to YouTube, please send the video file to german.day@umich.edu.

Website Design

Students produce a website as an individual or group.Websites will be judged on their relevance 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.Students produce a website as an individual or group.Websites will be judged on their relevance 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.

All levels. Level 1 may include English if necessary.

Website Designs should be submitted as a URL.

Game Design

Students produce an online game in German as an individual or group. Games will be judged on their relevance 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.

All levels.

Game Designs should be submitted as a URL.

Short-Short Stories / Flash-Fiction

Students produce their own self-written piece of fiction between 500 to max 1,000 words. Participants will be judged on the story´s relevance to the German Day theme, use of the German language, creativity, originality, and comprehensibility. 

All levels.

Short-Short Stories / Flash-Fiction should be submitted as a pdf or word document.

Podcasts

5 minutes max

Students produce an audio episode in German as a group all focused on the German Day topic. Participants will be judged on the podcast´s relevance to the German Day theme, use of the German language, creativity, originality, and comprehensibility. 

All levels. Level 1 may include English if necessary.

Podcasts should be submitted as an audio file.
 

Synchronous Events

All synchronous events will take place via Zoom on Friday, March 12 between 10am and 12pm. The registration deadline for synchronous events is 11:59pm ET, Friday, March 5. Register here.

Prior to March 12, registrants will receive a Zoom link, as well as a time frame during which they may compete. If you are unable to join the Zoom event within your time frame (if, for example, you are participating in another event), please join the Zoom event when you are able; you will be placed in the waiting room, and the judges will work you in.

Only contests, teachers, and judges will be permitted in the Zoom events. All Zoom events will utilize a waitlist function.

Poetry

5 minutes max. per student

Each participant will recite one German poem 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. 

2021 Poems

All levels. Maximum 2 entries per school, per level.

Poetry Slam

2 minutes max. per student

Each participant will recite their own self-written poem from memory. Students will be judged on pronunciation, originality, creativity, relevance to the German Day theme,  and showmanship.

All levels.

The poem should be submitted by 11:59pm ET on Friday, March 5 as pdf or word doc.

Reading

5 minutes max. per student

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. Hint: Texts are based on the German Day theme. Readings are judged on pronunciation, accuracy, and fluency.

All levels. Maximum 2 entries per school, per level.

Speaking

3 minutes per student

The contestants at each level will interact orally with the judges and other students, if necessary. 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, meine Interessen, meine Deutschklasse, meine Heimatstadt, 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.

All levels. Maximum 2 entries per school, per level.

Spelling Bee 

There are 3 levels (beginner, more advanced, native speaker). The spelling bee words will all be 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, they are out of the competition. In case of ties, an unpublished tie-breaker list will be used.

All levels.

Oral Argumentation

Individual students will have 2 minutes to present a convincing argument based on a topic to this year´s German Day theme.

  • Examples, just to name a few:
    • … why study German in the U.S.A.
    • … why Austrian/Swiss German should be considered an official language and not just a dialect.
    • … why Bauhaus was the most influential architectural movement of the 20th century.
    • … why Bratwurst is superior to Kielbasa.
    • … why a “Wiener Schnitzel” is not supposed to be eaten with mushroom sauce.
Students will be judged on their ability to persuade the audience.
 
Levels 2 & 3.