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Oxford German Olympiad 2015

Von Pop bis Poesie: The Competition Tasks

Find out about music and poetry in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland here!

Download the full competition details and guidelines here.

Years 5 and 6 (age 9-11):

  • Write out and illustrate a short German-language poem or nursery rhyme.
  • Write an acrostic poem in German.

Years 7 to 9 (age 11-14):

  • Design a poster for a composer, musician or pop group.
  • Re-create a German poem or song as a comic strip.
  • Write a brochure about the music and/or literary history and/or current activities of a city or region.

Years 10 and 11 (age 14-16):

  • Write a story in response to a German song or poem.
  • Write a review of a performance by a musician, group or poet.
  • Make a short film in response to a German song or poem.

Years 12 and 13 (age 16-18):

  • Make a short film in response to a German song or poem.
  • Write a newspaper review of a concert by a musician or group.
  • Translate a poem into English

Open Competition for Groups or Classes (4+ participants)

  • Design a game with instructions to help players learn about German music.
  • Write and perform a rap that teaches an aspect of German grammar.
  • Re-write a German song.

[Image: 'Euterpe, Muse of Music and Lyric' (1872) by Arnold Böcklin]

The Oxford German Olympiad is supported by Routes into Languages South, the Association for Language Learning and the Independent Schools' Modern Languages Association.

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The Oxford German Network is grateful to SAP AG, Oxford University Press, Camden House, Penguin Books, Deutsche Bahn AG, the German Youth Hostel Association, the Wiener Library, London, and the German Embassy for the donation of prizes for the Oxford German Olympiad 2015.