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Oxford German Olympiad 2016

Deutscher Humor - nichts zum Lachen?: The Competition Tasks

Find out about traditions of comedy and humour in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland here!

Download the full competition details and guidelines here.

Years 5 and 6 (age 9-11):

  • Design a poster for Karneval or Fastnacht in a German/Austrian/Swiss town.
  • Draw a picture that explains the meaning of a funny German word or phrase.

Years 7 to 9 (age 11-14):

  • Draw a comic strip of a humorous German story or poem.
  • Write a short joke in German and illustrate it.
  • Write a brochure explaining and illustrating a German/Austrian/Swiss comic tradition.

Years 10 and 11 (age 14-16):

  • Write a review of a comedy show or piece of comic theatre, or write a comparison between a German and an English one.
  • Write a profile of a German/Austrian/Swiss comic figure.
  • Write an original comic poem in German.

Years 12 and 13 (age 16-18):

  • Make a short film in response to a German comic tale or poem.
  • Write a short comic story in German, or a comic version of an existing serious German story.
  • Write a short essay in German about a joke, poem, book, film or event, explaining what makes it 'funny'.

Open Competition for Groups or Classes (4+ participants)

  • Film a short comic sketch in German.
  • Write and perform a comic song in German.

[Image: Woodcut of a fool by Heinrich Vogtherr the Younger, c.1540]

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