Goethe Institut’s “The Joys of German” Video Contest Offers Free Trip to Germany and More

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs


The Goethe Institut in Germany is looking for creative junior high and high school students in the United States to produce a short video for the “Joys of German” contest and is giving away a slew of awesome prizes for the top entries, including a three-week language course in Germany.

This years topic focuses on solving “the mystery of one of the most unusual features of the German language, the beloved “Wechselpräpositionen.” Is it “im Bett” or “ins Bett”, “auf den Tisch or “auf dem Tisch”?”  It’s up to the student to find a way to teach the lesson through the use of graphics, music, interviews, or even comical situations.  The rules even allow for teacher involvement, so teachers may want to make this a class exercise.

Your best bet is to make the video fun and entertaining as that is what winners from past years have done.  And don’t worry about the production value on the video.  The Goethe Institut isn’t looking for an Academy Award winning piece, just something that gets the message across in an easy to understand way.

Students must submit their videos by March 21, 2013.  The full set of rules can be found on the contest website along with the videos made by previous winners.


Source: The Joys of German

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Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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