Oral Events

1. Dual “Show and Tell” Dialog Presentations

Each school may send 3 teams of 2 students per German level.

Rules: This is to be a one minute dialog between two students based on the theme Musik. The dialog should be between two persons following the level guidelines below. For information on Musik please see Materials. Students may choose a musician outside of the list, but the musician must be a native German speaker. Creativity is encouraged.

Level 1 – Students tell each other about their favorite band, song, musician, instrument, or genre.
Level 2 – Students have just attended two different conerts in a German speaking country by a German speaking musician. They talk about and/or present items from their recent night out.
Level 3/4 – Students take on the character of two German speaking musician. They discuss their current tour, recording process, songs, etc.
Heritage – The judges are CEOs of a music labels looking to sign new artists. You and your partner are there to convince them that your band or group should be signed.

2. Individual Poetry Presentation*

Rules: Each school may send 4 students for Level 1, 4 students for Level 2, 3 students for Level 3/4, and 3 students for heritage/near-native.

The poem must be the one provided for the corresponding level. Poems must be recited from memory. As in the past, students in Level 3/4 will recite their poem to the entire assembly at the opening session.

Level 1 – Ohren gab uns Gott von Heinrich Heine
Level 2 – Musik von Christiane El-Nahry
Level 3/4 – Ode an die Musik von Willy Meurer
Heritage/Near-Native – Zueignung von Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

3. Group Poetry Presentation

Rules: The teams should plan to recite a poem of their choice in a dramatic fashion and from memory. The poem presented should not be longer than 2 minutes.  The team may also choose to write their own poem about Musik. If you write your own, please bring a copy for the judges. Each school may send 3 teams per level. The size of the teams is not limited. One person from each team is to sign in by school and team number (1, 2, or 3) at the competition.

Level 1
Level 2
Level 3/4

4. Individual Song Presentation

Rules: Each school may send 3 students per German level.

Students may sing a German song of their choice, but the song must be sung from memory. Students may sing a Capella or use accompanying music, however, the accompaniment may not be a recording where the words are being sung. Accompaniment with words, however faint, will disqualify the singer. A CD player will be available for use.

Level 1
Level 2
Level 3/4

5. Group Song Presentation

Rules: Each school may send 3 teams. The size of the teams is not limited. One person from each team is to sign in by school and team number (1, 2, 3) at the competition.

Students may sing a German song of their choice, but the song must be sung from memory. The judges will be looking for the majority of the students to participate. A strong singer can be showcased but the judges will be looking for the rest of the group to have a role in the song as well. Students may sing a Capella or use accompanying music, however, the accompaniment may not be a recording where the words are being sung. Accompaniment with words, however faint, will disqualify the singers. A CD player will be available for use.

Level 1
Level 2
Level 3/4

6. Skits

Rules: Each school may send 5 teams per school with students from any German level. The size of the team is not limited. One person is to sign in, by school, for the entire cast.

The script must be memorized and the skit should be no longer than 8 minutes. The skit must be related to Musik.
For information on Musik, please see Materials. Students may choose a musician outside of the list, but the musician must be a native German speaker.

7. Extemporaneous Speaking

Rules: Each school may send 3 students per German level.

Students will be asked several personal questions as a warm-up:  Wie heißt du?  Wo wohnst du?  Wie heißt deine Schule, etc., then students will be asked to describe a picture related to a Bundesland in 5-6 sentences (see lists below). Among others they should think about answers to the following questions:  Wo ist das?  Was ist das?  Wer ist das?  Was ist hier passiert?

Ext Speak Level 1 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Christina Stürmer
Ext Speak Level 2 – Johann Sebastian Bach, Mark Forster
Ext Speak Level 3, 4 – Gustav Mahler, Glasperlenspiel

8. Spelling Bee

Rules: Each school may send 6 students per German level.

Level 1
Level 2
Level 3/4

  1. The words for each of the levels will be chosen from the lists provided (see Materials). Students will be using a microphone while spelling.
  2. Words must be spelled using the standard German alphabet.
  3. Capital letters must be called out as such (“großes A”, “großes S”). Misspellings will be called for a word that must be capitalized if the student fails to indicate capitalization. Words that are normally not capitalized will be considered misspelled if they are falsely capitalized.
  4. Student must indicate Umlaut by saying “a-Umlaut”, “o-Umlaut”, “großes ü-Umlaut” etc. for ä, ö, Ü etc.
  5. “ß” must be pronounced “ess-tsett” without exception. Words that must be spelled with “ß” will be called if spelled “ss” instead. We will follow the German spelling reform.
  6. After the moderator has presented the word for spelling, the student has 20 seconds to respond. If the student is unable to spell the word within 20 seconds the word is considered misspelled.
  7. Students must give their response by saying the word, spelling it, then repeating the word, as follows: Moderator: Wie schreibt man “Sonne”? Student: Sonne, großes S, o, n, n, e Sonne.
  8. Students may ask the moderator to repeat the question by saying:”Wiederholen Sie, bitte!” They may correct themselves while spelling, either by clearly correcting an individual letter or by starting over. Once a word has been said the second time by the student, the spelling will be considered finished and judged as such.
  9. The competition will be conducted in rounds. Each speller remaining in the spelling bee at the start of a round will spell one word in the round.
  10. Upon missing the spelling of a word, a speller immediately drops out of the competition. The next word on the moderator’s list is given to the next student, unless there are only two spellers remaining.
  11. When the number of students is reduced to two, the elimination procedure changes. At that point, when one student misspells a word, the other student will be given an opportunity to spell that same word. If the second student spells that word correctly, plus the next word on the pronouncer’s list, then the second student will be declared the winner.
  12. If one of the last two students misspells a word and the other student, after correcting the error, misspells the new word, then the misspelled new word will be referred to the other student. If this other student then succeeds in correcting the error and spells the next word on the list, then he or she shall be declared the winner.
  13. If both students misspell the same word, both will continue in the competition, and the one who first misspelled the word will be given a new word to spell.
  14. The winner is not the winner until he or she corrects the misspelling of the other speller and then correctly spells the next word on the list. (Scripps National Spelling Bee Rules, Option B).
  15. In case all words from the provided lists have been used, the moderator will present new words to be spelled from an additional list in the order provided until a winner has been established.
  16. The judges are in complete control of the competition. Their decision will be final on all questions.

Extemporaneous Reading (Levels 1, 2)

Rules: Each school may send 3 students per German level.

Students will be given 30 seconds to preview a reading selection and will then be asked to read aloud for 30 seconds. Students will be judged on pronunciation, intonation, enunciation, and expression.

Level 1
Level 2

10. PowerPoint Presentation (Levels 3/4, Heritage/Near Native)*

Rules: Each school may send 3 students.

Students will prepare a 5-minute presentation on a musician, composer, or band of their choice. The presentation must be narrated in German. Students may NOT read or simply repeat the text on the slides. The slides should contain pictures and/ or photos accompanied by keywords rather than long and complete sentences. Students will be judged on text presented, pronunciation, intonation, enunciation, and expression, as well as quality of technical presentation.
The Power Point presentation must be saved on a memory stick. We also recommend that students save the presentation in an email account by mailing it to themselves. A computer and screen for presentation will be provided.
For information on Musik, please see Materials. Students may choose a musician outside of the list, but the musician must be a native German speaker.

Level 2
Level 3/4
Heritage/Near Native

Written Events

1. Dictation*

Rules: Each school may send 7 students per German level.

Students will receive a pre-printed paragraph where certain words are missing. The paragraph will be read first at normal speed (listen), then a second time slowly and with pauses, so that the words may be filled in (write), and a third and final time to check answers (check).

Level 1
Level 2
Level 3/4
Heritage/Near Native

2. Reading Comprehension*

Rules: Each school may send 7 students per German level.

Students receive a German text to read from which they answer multiple-choice, true-false, or fill-in questions.

Level 1
Level 2
Level 3/4
Heritage/Near Native

3. Geography

Rules: Each school may send 7 students per German level.

Students will be asked to answer multiple-choice, true-false, or fill-in questions in English about the cities below. Each city was chosen for its connection to music. A question regarding this may also appear. For information on these cities, please see Materials.

Level 1 – Salzburg
Level 2 – Leipzig
Level 3/4 – Winterthur
Heritage/Near Native – Bonn

Visual Projects

Submission Guidelines for ALL Visual Projects:
All entries are due on February 23, 2018.

Please mail materials to
German Day, The University of Alabama
Dept. of Modern Languages and Classics
Box 870246
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
OR
hand-deliver by 4 p.m. to 200 B.B. Comer Hall at The University of Alabama.
OR
Dropbox or GoogleDrive by 4 p.m. to Raegan Lemmond (rlemmond@ua.edu).

The judging for all these categories will take place on SATURDAY, February 24, 2018 and late entries cannot be considered after the judging has been completed.

1. Video Competition

Rules: Each school may submit 3 videos per German level. There is no limit on the number of actors in the videos.

The video script must be memorized and must be spoken in German. The video should be no longer than 5 minutes. The videos must be numbered and include the German level and school.
Example:

Video #1, Level 1,
Brook Hollow H. S.
Video #2, Level 1
Brook Hollow H. S.

Level 1: Concert season. Plan, perform, attend a concert.
Level 2: Making of the band. Create a tv show to form a band.
Level 3/4: Compare and/or discuss musicians from two different German speaking countries.  For example, there could be a group of musicians gathered at a conference from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. They are talking about their lives, music, and countries.

2. Poster Collage Competition

Rules: Each school may submit 1 poster per German level.

Titles must be in German, on regular poster board, two-dimensional, no frame, and be on the following subjects based on your German level. All posters must include the German level, school, and students’ names on the back of each entry.
Example:

Collage Poster, Level 1
Brook Hollow H. S.
Mary Smith, Jane Doe, Joe Black
Collage Poster, Level 2
Brook Hollow H. S.
Rebecca James
Collage Poster, Level 3/4
Brook Hollow H. S.
Robert Jones

Choose one of the Bundesländer to represent. Each level should increase its difficulty. For Level 3/4 the judges will be looking for more information on the products rather than simply pictures.

Level 1: Choose one genre (classical, rock, pop, rap, etc.) of music to create a collage. The material presented should represent that genre and should include German speaking artists.
Level 2: Choose a classical composer of German, Austrian, or Swiss decent. Create a collage representing their life and music.
Level 3/4: Choose a German speaking artist born after 1940. Create a collage representing their life and music.

3. Original Art Competition

Rules: Each school may submit 1 piece of art per German level.

Create an art project which exemplifies this year’s theme of Musik. The title must be in German, two or three dimensional, with or without frame.  All entries must be numbered, and must include the German level, school, and the students’ names on the back of each entry.
Example:

Original Art, Level 1
Brook Hollow H. S.
Mary Smith, Jane Doe, Joe Black
Original Art, Level 2
Brook Hollow H. S.
Rebecca James
Original Art, Level 3/4
Brook Hollow H. S.
Robert Jones

For information on Musik, please see Materials. Students may choose artists outside of this list.
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3/4

4. T-Shirt Design Competition

Each school may submit 1 t-shirt design per German level.

Rules: The design must be on regular 8 1/2 x 11″ paper. The wording must be in German. The design should include something referencing music, while also encouraging the study of German. All designs must include the German level, school, and the students’ names on the back of each entry. You may not copy the examples given.

Example:

T-Shirt Design, Level 1
Brook Hollow H. S.
Mary Smith, Jane Doe, Joe Black
T-Shirt Design, Level 2
Brook Hollow H. S.
Rebecca James
T-Shirt Design, Level 3/4
Brook Hollow H. S.
Robert Jones

Level 1: Provide one great reason to take German using a famous musician, band, or composer. This shirt could also be considered part of the merchandise for the artist.
Example: Be like the crazy fairy-tale Kind and build a future in German!

Level 2: Provide a slogan encouraging the study of German while using a famous musician, band, or composer as your spokesperson. This shirt could also be considered part of the merchandise for the artist.
Example: “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” -Einstein  Don’t be stupid…take German!

Level 3/4: Provide a refrain or chorus encouraging the study of German.

Example:
Rap like Cro,
because you know,
Speak like Thomas Müller,
because you want to show.
Therefore learn German,
Without any burden.

Please note: The wording must be in German, even though the examples above are in English.

5. Children’s Book

Rules: Each school may submit 1 children’s book per German level.

Write a fictitious story about a musician, band, composer, or genre of music of your choice. Be culturally correct. The book must be in German and each level should increase its difficulty.

Please include the German level, school, and students’ names on the inside of the front cover.
Example:

Children’s Book, Level 1
Brook Hollow H. S.
Sissy Hall
Children’s Book, Level 2
Brook Hollow H. S.
Mike Bloom
Children’s Book, Level 3/4
Brook Hollow H. S.
Bill Hollingsworth

Level 1 – For ages 3-5
Level 2 – For ages 6-8
Level 3/4 – For ages 9-11

6. Scrapbook

Rules: The scrapbook should show the activities of the school’s German classes (projects, cultural celebrations, plays, singing, etc.) as well as those of the German Club.  It can also reflect, through newspaper articles, programs, pictures, etc. any German related activities or events which took place in the local community in the designated time frame.  All captions must be in complete German sentences, not just words or phrases.  The content of the scrapbook should cover the time frame of February 1, 2017 – January 31, 2018.Each school may submit 1 scrapbook per school.

 

*= Scholarship Award event, please see Rules for Seniors – Scholarship Award.