Language Competition

This is the Society’s biggest school project involving up to 200 secondary school students from the Wellington region, 40 judges (German teachers or native speakers) and 20 university students. The students compete in Prepared Reading and Conversation categories and are judged by both a German teacher and a native speaker of German. Each participant is graded Excellence or Merit according to their achievement and receives a certificate. The students with the highest marks in each year will also receive book prizes. Certificates and prizes are presented during a prize giving ceremony with students, teachers, parents and representatives of the German, Austrian and Swiss Embassies as well as the Goethe-Institut present.

Goethe Orals 2017

The Oral Competition will take place on Saturday, 12 August 2017 at Victoria University of Wellington.

The Prize-Giving will take place on Wednesday, 6 September 2017 at Victoria University of Wellington.

Please contact your German teacher to discuss your participation in this event. We are looking forward to this year’s competition.

Goethe Orals 2016

Took place on Saturday, 6 August 2016 at Victoria University

Prize-Giving took place on Wednesday, 7 September 2016.

70 students from 7 secondary schools participated in this year’s German Oral Competition across 5 levels, including separate categories for native speakers. A very successful prize giving event was held last Wednesday, at which we were honoured to welcome Herr Gerhard Thiedemann as the new Ambassador for the Federal Republic of Germany to New Zealand, and his wife, Dr Marlies Thiedemann.

2016 Dr Jacoby Prize winners, Piyali Sharma and Anna Featherstone-Wright, from Samuel Marsden Collegiate and Wellington Girls’ College respectively, read the excerpts they had read from in the competition. Then Inka Vogt and Alex Sinclair gave presentations about their experiences as exchange students on the New Zealand/German Student Exchange in December 2015/January 2016.

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Goethe Orals 2015

Took place on Saturday, 8 August 2015 from 8.45am till 12.30pm 
at Victoria University

Prize-Giving took place on Wednesday, 2 September 2015.

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