Oxford German Olympiad 2017

The Oxford German Olympiad 2017 is now open!

Students from Year 5 to Year 13 can take part in this creative writing competition – as individuals or in small groups. This year's theme is Deutsch(e) jenseits von Deutschland - German(s) beyond Germany. The submission deadline is 17th March 2017.

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Oxford German Olympiad 2017 Competition Tasks:

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.