Oral Events

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 Berühmte Persönlichkeiten. The dialog should be between two persons following the level guidelines below. For information on Berühmte Persönlichkeiten please see Materials. Students may choose an item outside of the list, but the item must be from a German speaking country. Creativity is encouraged.

Level 1 – Students tell each other about their favorite German speaking personality and their talents.

Level 2 – Students take on a personality from two different career paths. They share their process, lives, jobs, etc. They talk about and/or present the events from their recent experiences. For example: Albrecht Dürer meets Manuel Neuer.

Level 3/4 – Students take on the character of two German speaking personalities from two time periods. They discuss their current life, creations, products, lifestyle, etc. For example: Albrecht Dürer meets Gustav Klimt.

Heritage – One of you is a talent scout, agent, career advisor, headhunter, etc. The other is personality looking to break into the biz. The judges are talent scouts, agents, headhunters, etc. looking for new talent. You and your partner are there to compete against one another for one position. Convince them that you are the better candidate.

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 – Serenade der Herzen von Karin Thießen

Level 2 – Große Augenblicke von Ernst Ferstl

Level 3/4 – Liebe von Irmgard Adomeit

Heritage/Near-Native – Essen wir ein Eis von Kurt Tucholsky

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 Berühmte Persönlichkeiten. Bring a copy for the judges before the performance. 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

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. Please contact Raegan Lemmond prior to the event if a playback device is needed.

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3/4

GROUP SONG PRESENTATION

Rules: 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, 3) or team name at the competition. Please be sure to sign in with your team number or name for the competition winners.

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

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 Berühmte Persönlichkeiten.

For information on Berühmte Persönlichkeiten, please see Materials. Students may choose a food or drink topic outside of the list, but it must have a connection to a German speaking country or someone of German heritage.

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 Berühmte Persönlichkeiten in 5-6 sentences. Examples of images are a movie theater, an actor on the theater stage, a game show, a sporting event, etc. 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 – Berühmte Persönlichkeiten

Ext Speak Level 2 – Berühmte Persönlichkeiten

Ext Speak Level 3, 4 – Berühmte Persönlichkeiten

SPELLING BEE

Rules: Each school may send 6 students per German level. Only competitors may sit in on this event due to the need for quiet. Students may not be permitted to come and go.

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3/4

  1. The words for each of the levels will be chosen from the lists provided above. 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 and size by saying “großes a-Umlaut”, “großes o-Umlaut”, großes u-Umlaut”, “kleines a-Umlaut”, “kleines o-Umlaut”, “kleines u-Umlaut”, etc. for Ä, Ö, Ü, 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

POWERPOINT PRESENTATION (LEVELS 3/4, HERITAGE/NEAR NATIVE)*

Rules: Each school may send 3 students.

Students will prepare a 5-minute presentation on a famous German personality 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 Berühmte Persönlichkeiten, please see Materials. Students may choose a personality outside of the list, but the personality must be related to a German speaking country or of German heritage.

Level 2

Level 3/4

Heritage/Near Native

Written Events

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

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

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 – Wien

Level 2 – Hamburg

Level 3/4 – Innsbruck

Heritage/Near Native – Halle

 

Visual Projects

Submission Guidelines for ALL Visual Projects:

All entries are due on February 28, 2020.

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 29, 2020 and late entries cannot be considered after the judging has been completed.

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: Hosting a famous German-speaking personality or personalities for a talk show. These guests should be of German, Austrian, or Swiss descent. Talk about their life, hobbies, interests, etc.

Level 2: Summer camp for the pros. Several people from the same career path are together for a weekend. For example: Six artists get together at Camp Canvas ….

Level 3/4: Bootcamp with the pros. Host a bootcamp, workshop, or training session for those interested in joining your field. For example: Dirk Nowitzki hosts a basketball camp.

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 famous personalities 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 a career path (artists) to create a collage of German speaking personalities in that field. Include examples of their works or successes in a creative manner.

Level 2: Choose one famous personality from a German speaking country to create a collage. The material presented should represent that personality and should include information about them. The presentation should be presented creatively.

Level 3/4: Choose a famous person that is popular in the US but is of German, Austrian, or Swiss descent. Create a collage representing this person and how they are tied to the German language and what their accomplishments/successes.

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 Berühmte Persönlichkeiten. 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 Berühmte Persönlichkeiten, please see Materials. Students may choose items outside of this list.

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3/4

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 German speaking personality as inspiration. This shirt could also be considered part of the merchandise for their brand.

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 career path or field as inspiration. This shirt could also be considered part of the merchandise for an event. For example: German for athletes.

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. Think about this in terms of a life motto (Lebensmotto) for a personality of German, Austrian, or Swiss descent. Think about how German helped them achieve their goals, succeed, or get ahead in life.

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.

CHILDREN’S BOOK

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

Write a fictitious story involving a German personality 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

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, 2019 – January 31, 2020. Each school may submit 1 scrapbook per school. 

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