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Oxford German Olympiad 2017

Deutsch(e) jenseits von Deutschland - German(s) beyond Germany

The Competition Tasks!

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Years 5 and 6 (age 9-11):

  • Design a menu with German, Austrian and/or Swiss dishes for a British restaurant.
  • Think up a story and turn it into a comic strip.
  • Illustrate your favourite German word.

Years 7 to 9 (age 11-14):

  • Write a conversation between a Deutscher Schäferhund and a Bernhardiner.
  • Read Judith Kerr's When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit and write a summary or write about the adventures of Anna's toy dog.
  • Design a brochure about a German-speaking community or country outside Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Years 10 and 11 (age 14-16):

  • Relocate the adventures of Hänsel und Gretel and write their story.
  • Write a blog post or short article about a German-speaking community outside Germany.
  • Write a profile of a well-known German-speaking individual who was or is active outside Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Years 12 and 13 (age 16-18):

  • Write about the experience of a German or German-speaking community when they emigrate(d) from Germany.
  • Choose a German dialect from Austria, Switzerland or another country outside Germany where German is spoken and explain its features.
  • Write a short essay on Germany's colonial history.

Open Competition for Groups or Classes (4+ participants)

  • Write and perform a rap about the German language. Film your performance!
  • Create a web page or website on the theme 'Deutsche jenseits von Deutschland'.
  • Interview a German-native speaker living in the UK and create a podcast.

The Oxford German Network is grateful to the Association for Language Learning and the Independent Schools' Modern Languages Association for their support of the Oxford German Olympiad and to Oxford University Press, the German Embassy, Blackwell UK Ltd., the German Tourist Office (London), Goethe Institut (London), and Penguin Books for the donation of prizes for the Oxford German Olympiad.