Rules and Regulations

German Day 2015: Rules & Regulations

If you have any questions or comments on the rules or their interpretation, please contact

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, March 6, 2015

Please Note: If you need to make changes to your registration, please do not fill out another registration form.  Just e-mail your changes to

REGISTRATION FEE: $5 per student (whether they compete or not)

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, March 6, 2015 (Websites, Videos on DVD are also due Friday, March 6.)  

Materials must be delivered to the department's Main Office by end of day Friday to be included in judging. Please plan accordingly. If DVDS/Websites are submitted via email, please make sure you receive a confirmation email from us. If you email a DVD as an attachment (rather than as a link), it needs to be .avi or .mlv format.

Please note: Submissions should not contain inappropriate displays of violence, sex or sexual innuendos, substance abuse, profanity, or racism. The FCC's PG-13 rating is a good guideline. Inappropriate content will lead to disqualification.

Native/Heritage Speakers: If your students are German, lived in Germany for an extended period in time, or otherwise determined to be "native speakers" by our judges, they will not be eligible to receive 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place in the speaking and reading events.  They should feel free to compete and may receive an Honorable Mention in these categories, but out of fairness to the other students, they will not be prize eligible, although their names will be called at the award ceremony, and they will win a T-shirt.

Art Displays made either by individuals, small groups or an entire class. Please bring a typed card which includes: school and artists for each entry. Some easels will be provided, but please try to bring self-standing displays or bring your own easels. Absolutely no tape is allowed on the walls! Arts displays will be moved to Rackham Auditorium during the lunch break.  Please pick them up there after the awards ceremony if you want to take them with you.

Cooking Competition [one recipe per student]. Each dish (1-2 servings only, please) must be accompanied by its recipe. The recipe must be written in German. If additional information is necessary (e.g., microwave reheating instructions), include those as well. Do not bring more than 1-2 servings per recipe. Please bring your item in a disposable container. There are three categories:

Category I: Desserts: cakes, chocolate, cookies
Category II: Desserts: strudels, fruit, pastries
Category III: Savory: (anything not mentioned above)

Commercials [3 min/student or group]. There are four levels of commercials. Each school is allowed 3 entries per level. The commercials should not be longer than 3 minutes.

German for All (Deutsch für Alle) Promote German language and culture in your community. For example, students might perform a musical piece from German composer, teach basic German words and phrases to an elementary class, foster a city partnership or exchange program have a German bake sale, or "Taste of Germany" fair - the possibilities are really endless!

Students have until March 6th to complete their project or activity and submit a write-up to us, complete with evidence such as pictures, videos, URLs, etc. We will then judge the projects and award 1st place prizes to all contributing members. Our thinking was that students from schools that are unable to participate in German Day on March 14th might enjoy the opportunity to compete in their own way, at their own pace.

Music [8 min/student or group]. Students will perform musical presentations individually, in pairs, or in groups. There will be no levels. A school may have 3 entries. No presentation may be longer than 8 minutes. Set-up and break-down time must be included in the 8 minutes. Judges have the right to stop presentations at 8 minutes. Please note: There will be 2 musical stands available.  If you need additional music stands, you will need to provide them.

Some of the first-placed musical presentations may be performed during the afternoon awards ceremony, depending on time constraints. Entries which are not properly identified during registration will not be scheduled to present (Instrument, composer, title or name of piece to be performed, and performer).

Poetry [5 min/student]. Each participant will memorize one poem. There will be four levels. Students will be judged on pronunciation, phrasing, presentation, interpretation, and accuracy. Please provide hardcopies of the various poems to your students. 2 entries per school per level. View poems: level 1, level 2, level 3, and level 4.

Reading [5 min/student or group]. There are four levels. Students will be given a text they have never seen before. They will have 1–2 minutes to look it over before reading the text for the judges. They are judged on pronunciation, accuracy, and fluency. 2 entries per school per level.

Skits [8 min/student or group]. There are four levels of skits. A school may enter no more than 2 skits per level. No presentation may be longer than 8 minutes. Performances will be judged on pronunciation, originality, expression, projection, and presentation. Some of the first-placed skits will be performed during the afternoon awards ceremony, depending on time constraints.

Conversational Interactions [5 min/student or group]. There will be four levels. The contestants at each level will interact orally with the judges. Judges may introduce one or some of the following topics: Wie geht's?, meine Familie, meine Hobbies, mein Zimmer, im Klassenzimmer, das Haus, Kleidung, Essen und Trinken, das Wetter, Sport, die Arbeit, in der Schule, letzten Sommer, eine Reise, meine Pläne für die Zukunft, Filme, Bücher, mein Lieblings _____. Students may also introduce topics. This will not be a question/answer session. Judgments will be based on pronunciation, grammatical accuracy, quantity, and fluency. 2 entries per school per level.

Spelling Bee There will be two levels. The spelling words will all be in German (using the German alphabet). If a word has an umlauted vowel the student should say a-umlaut, o-umlaut, or u-umlaut in order to properly distinguish it from an unumlauted vowel. The difficulty/length of the words will increase as the competition progresses (i.e. normal spelling bee rules), and once a student misses, s/he is out of the competition.

Video on DVD [10 min/video]. Students may produce a DVD in German as an individual or as a group. There are two main categories: entry level and more advanced level students. Videos should be no longer than 10 minutes. See guidelines (below) for info on appropriate entries.

Webpage Design. Students may produce a website in German as an individual or as a group.  There will be two main categories: entry level and more advanced level students. The sites should be based on the current theme for German Day. Email the website URL to on or before March 7. Content of the websites should either be created by the students or properly cited.  Websites that simply "cut and paste" content from other sources without citation will be automatically disqualified.  Plagiarism will not tolerated.

Deadline for registration is Friday, March 6, 2015. The deadline for submitting DVDs, and website addresses (URLs) is also Friday, March 6, 2015.

Video on DVD Guidelines, 2015

Guidelines for appropriate video on DVD:
The German Day video competition is designed to provide students of German with the opportunity to utilize and demonstrate their acquired German speaking abilities for the sake of creative expression and furthering students' experience with the language. Videos must be submitted on a DVD as an .mov, .mp4, .avi, .mlv file only.

As a guideline it follows that:

  1. Videos should be in the German language as much as possible, be it written, spoken, sung, or otherwise produced.
  2. The better the German, the better the chance of winning the competition.
  3. Content should be practiced before recording.
  4. Videos should be creatively constructed but within the bounds of good taste.
  5. Projects should have a plot or theme.
  6. Clear audio and visual are essential. (Filming at night presents special problems, etc.)
  7. Videos should not contain exclusively songs or clips from the internet.
  8. ABOVE ALL Have fun! Deutsch macht Spass!!

Rules: Failure to adhere to the rules may result in disqualification.

  1. Videos should relate to the theme of German Day.
  2. DVDs must be submitted by Friday, March 6, 2015 and should not exceed 10 minutes in length.
  3. Videos must be submitted on a DVD as an .mov, .mp4, .avi, .mlv file.
  4. Students must submit a script for their video and a paragraph summary of the content. Please send your script in the form of an email with an attached text document to
  5. Videos should not contain inappropriate displays of violence, sex or sexual innuendos, substance abuse, profanity, or racism. The FCC's PG-14, or the MPAA PG-13 rating for television and commercial movies are good guidelines. Inappropriate content will lead to disqualification.
  6. Entry level must be indicated upon submission.

Presentation and Judging of Videos:

  1. There will be a panel of judges.
  2. Judging will take place the week prior to German Day.
  3. Videos will be shown in the Video Viewing Room of the LRC in North Quad during German Day.
  4. Upon presentation of the videos, the school's name and the entry level will be announced.
  5. DVDs will not be mailed back.

Submission of Video:

  1. Please label each DVD with the School's name, names of the submitting students, level, and the title.
  2. Also include this information with the submission of the script by email,
  3. DVDs should be mailed to:

    German Day Coordinator, The University of Michigan
    Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
    812 E. Washington, 3106 MLB
    Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1275

DVDs must be received by Friday, March 6, 2015 to be considered for an award!