1914: The Competition Tasks
Years 5 and 6:
- Draw and label your classroom and yourself/friends as you might have looked in Germany, Austria or Switzerland in 1914.
- Design a poster for a German, Austrian or Swiss company or product from this time, and add a description of the company or product.
- Design a front cover for satirical magazine Simplicissimus, and add a description of your cover.
Years 7 to 9:
- Design a film poster for a silent film from 1914 and write a blurb about the film.
- Create an illustrated newspaper report on an event in Germany, Austria or Switzerland in 1914, or a newspaper advert for a German business in London (or in your city).
- Create a brochure advertising Germany as a holiday destination (before World War I).
Years 10 and 11:
- Write an account of an event that took place in 1914 from the perspective of a person who actually existed.
- Make your own silent film based on a German-language story written or published between 1900 and 1914, and write a blurb for the film.
- Read a German-language story published between 1900 and 1914. Write a story in response to it.
Years 12 and 13:
- Write an essay or short story about any one event or any one figure from political, social, cultural or scientific life in Germany, Austria or Switzerland in 1914.
- Write a German letter from the Front to a friend.
- Analyse how Erich Maria Remarque's WWI novel Im Westen nichts Neues conveys the experience of war, or write a poem or short story based on one of the episodes.
- Make a short silent film with subtitles based on a German-language story from 1914.
Open Competition for Groups or Classes (4+ participants)
- Create a play or film about any aspect of life, events, society or culture in Germany, Austria or Switzerland in 1914.
- Create an exhibition and/or website about any aspect of life, events, society or culture in 1914 for German, Austrian or Swiss visitors/users.
[Image above: Franz Marc, Tirol (1914)]
The Oxford German Olympiad is supported by Routes into Languages South.
The Oxford German Network is grateful to SAP AG, the Oxford Kafka Research Centre and the Goethe Institut, London, Oxford University Press, and the German Embassy for the donation of prizes for the Oxford German Olympiad 2014.