Oxford German Olympiad 2022:
Welcome to our 10th Oxford German Olympiad.
This page shows the tasks for Round 1. To view Round 2, please click here.
The 2022 Olympiad is now closed for entries. Closing date for all entries was Thursday 10 March 2022, at 12 noon.
- Each participant may only enter for one task within their age group as an INDIVIDUAL entrant.
- We require a consent form for under-13 participants. Click here to download the form.
Click here for some of our thoughts and ideas about this year's tasks.
The Competition Tasks
Choose one of the tasks appropriate for your age group.
All tasks to be completed in German, unless indicated otherwise.
Years 5 and 6 (age 9-11):
- Draw a picture of a barge on the Rhine. Label the 12 most important items.
- You are attending the “Basler Fasnacht” (carnival of Basel) or “Kölner Karneval” (carnival of Cologne). Design your costume and give your drawing or painting 10 labels.
- Draw a comic strip of the Rhine and the places it flows through.
Years 7 to 9 (age 11-14):
- Draw or paint a picture of creatures that live in and by the Rhine, and write a short text describing them.
- Write about a day in your life on Lake Constance (der Bodensee) in a prehistoric stilt house (Pfahlbau) – “Ein Tag am Bodensee in der Bronzezeit”.
- Draw a scene from Heinrich Heine’s poem „Die Loreley“ and describe what is happening.
Years 10 and 11 (age 14-16):
- “Rheingold”. Write a story or create a video inspired by the Nibelung treasure.
- Create an online exhibition about the famous castles along the Rhine.
- Give a video presentation about the historical importance of the Rhine.
Years 12 and 13 (age 16-18):
- “Wie sichern wir die nachhaltige Zukunft des Rheins?”. Plan a conference for 16-18 year olds including the advertisement and programme with keynote lectures and topics for roundtable discussion.
- Write an essay, give a video presentation OR create a website on one of the following topics associated with places on the Rhine: “Hildegard von Bingen”, “Die Geschichte des Zeppelins” OR “Der Kölner Dom”.
- Write an essay or video yourself giving a lecture on the following topic: „Schlagader Europas: Die Geschichte des Rheins".
Open Competition for Groups or Classes (4+ participants):
- Create a website for a Rhine river cruise.
- Write and illustrate a children’s book about a cat living on a Rheinschiff (Rhine barge).
- Create a graphic novel or a video featuring characters or storylines from the “Nibelungenlied”.
Discover German - Taster Competition (1-3 participants with no prior experience of studying German):
- Years 5 and 6: Find out what the following German words mean and draw a picture including all these items, each with a label:
der Fluss, das Ufer, die Brücke, das Haus, das Schiff, der Hügel, die Burg, die Fahne, der Fisch, die Nixe.
- Years 7 to 9: Draw or paint a picture of the whole Rhine and label the countries (in German), 10 cities and 10 things you would be likely to find in or along the river.
- Years 10 and 11: Create a crossword puzzle or game that includes the names of 15 places on the Rhine or words associated with the Rhine.
- Years 12 and 13: Research words formed with (a) Fluss, (b) fließen and (c) flüssig. Give one or more translations for each word (the translation may consist of more than one word).
Photos by Jörg Vieli and Thomas B. via Pixabay
The Oxford German Network is grateful for the support of the following:
Jesus College, Oxford
Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford
Magdalen College School, Oxford
BMW Group Plant Oxford
Ferreras Willetts Family
Donor of the German Classic Prize: Jonathan Gaisman QC
The Oxford German Network gratefully acknowledges
the generous support of ALL and ISMLA to the Oxford German Olympiad
Additional prizes have been generously donated by the following:
Austrian Cultural Forum London
Blackwell UK Ltd.
Camden House (Boydell & Brewer)
Embassy of Switzerland in the United Kingdom
German Embassy London
Goethe Institut, London
Oxford University Press
White Rose Project
The Oxford German Network would like to thank the Bodleian Libraries for permission to use the Blackwell Hall in the Weston Library.