NWGN German Competition 2015


‘What’s German in the North West?’

 Deadline for entries: Friday 13 February 2015 

Winners announced: Monday 23 February 2015

Prizes will be awarded and winning entries displayed at the Launch of the North West German Network on Tuesday 10 March 2015 at Manchester Central Library.


Years 5 and 6 (age 9-11):

  • Draw a coloured map of the North West of Germany OR Austria OR (the German-speaking region of) Switzerland with at least ten towns or cities marked on it. How many similarities can you find between the North West of England and the region you chose? (1 side A4)
  • Write an acrostic poem about German things, people or places in the North West of England. Those things can relate to any aspect of German-language culture (i.e. can also include Austria and Switzerland) (30-40 words)

Years 7 to 9 (age 11-14):

  • Design a poster showing any connections between Germany, Austria and Switzerland (including, for example, German-language culture, geography and history etc) and the North West and write a short text about what you have found. (1 side of A4, 100-200 words)
  • Write a brochure called ‘What’s German in the North West?’ (1 side of A4, 100-200 words)
  • Pretend you are a German student on a school trip to the North West. Write a postcard to your family back home telling them about all the German things you have discovered on your trip to the North West of England. (1 side of A4, 100-200 words)

Years 10 and 11 (age 14-16):

  • Write a story from the perspective of a German student visiting the North West and her or his discoveries of connections to Germany, Austria or Switzerland. (200-250 words)
  • Make a short film about ‘What is German in the North West?’ (Max. 3 min)

Years 12 and 13 (age 16-18):

  • Make a short film about one important German/Austrian/Swiss ‘thing’ that had an impact on the North West. This could include but is not limited to people, inventions, events, discoveries etc. (Max. 5 min)
  • Write a newspaper article about any connections between Germany, Austria and Switzerland (including, for example, German-language culture, geography and history etc) and the North West. (300-400 words)

Open Competition for Groups or Classes (4+ participants)

  • Design a game (with instructions) to help players learn about what is German in the North West. (Incl. photo/drawing of the design and German instructions of no more than 400 words)
  • Write and perform a poem or song about the connections you have uncovered between German-language culture and the North West. (Video max. 5 min)


 Tasks & Guidelines

Note that the closing date for submissions is Friday 13 February 2015

Entries should be submitted via the moodle site, hosted by Lancaster University. Please note that you will have to register with the site before you can submit competition entries. Unfortunately, we cannot accept postal or email entries. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered. Any queries or questions should be directed to the NWGN Coordinator at e.spiers@lancaster.ac.uk

The moodle site offers a password protected section within which teachers can post their own teaching materials, read a wide range of the materials posted by others, and join in discussion with one another.

In order to access the site, you should first contact us. We will email you the network key you will need to enrol.

In order to complete your registration, go to:


  • Click on ‘login or self-register now’.
  • On the right side of the following page, you will find links for both LU users and (lower down) for new users from other institutions.
  • If you aren’t a member of LU, you should click on the ‘create new account’ button, which takes you through to a self-registration form.
  • When you have completed this form, you will be able to navigate to the Teachers Forum moodle: click on the Dept of European Languages and Cultures button, and you will see the option of going to the North West German Network Teachers Forum.
  • You can then enter the network key that was separately sent to you.
  • The competition section is clearly marked. You can upload your competition entries there.

Please read the following guidelines carefully before entering the competition:

  1. Entries should be the work of the entrant(s) alone. Any additional assistance given by teachers or others should be noted in the space provided in the submission form.
  2. All text included in the entries should be in German except where stated in the task instructions.
  3. Entrants may enter individually or in groups of 2-4. Except where it is stated that a competition is open to larger groups or classes, entries from groups of more than 4 will not be considered.
  4. Entrants must be resident in the United Kingdom.
  5. Entries should be submitted in one of the following formats only:

* Microsoft Word document



Files must be named using in the following way:

CompetitorSurnameCompetitorInitialNWGN2015 (e.g. BloggsJOGO2015).

This is to ensure that file names are unique and do not get lost in the system.

Film entries should be uploaded to www.youtube.com and a copy of the link submitted via the online form. Note that many schools have their own youtube channel which you may be able to use. Youtube also allows you to set up a private channel so that the only people who can see your video are those you have sent a link. Make sure you have discussed this with your parent(s)/guardian(s) and your teacher before you upload anything to the internet!

  1. The judges will take account of linguistic accuracy, stylistic sophistication, and the creativity of the submission. The decision of the judges will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.