February 26, 2022
Texas State University, San Marcos
Celebrating 40 Years!!!


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Oral Tests Critique Sheet

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Sign in Sheet(Directed Dialogue, Sight Reading)

Sign in Sheet(Extemporaneous & Pair Discussion)

Directed Dialogue

Extemporaneous Speaking

Oral Presentation (NEW State Qualifying Event 2019!!)

Pair Discussion

Sight Reading

Directed Dialogue

Entry Limit: Two contestants per level, per school:  Level 1 & Level 2 only The judges will ask the contestant questions on his/her level of understanding (things generally covered in first-year and second-year textbooks).  Questions will be selected by a combination of students drawing 3 questions and judges asking the same 2 standard questions to all contestants.  Judges will grade on pronunciation, degree of complexity and fluency, knowledge of topic, and grammatical correctness.  

DD 1 Prompts

DD 2 Prompts

Extemporaneous Speaking

Entry Limit: Two contestants per level, per school:  Level 3, Level 4 & Advantaged

Speech Time Limits: Level 3: 1-3 minutes      Level 4: 2-4 minutes      Level Adv: 3-5 minutes

The contestant will draw a topic at the beginning of his/her time slot.*  The topics will not be technical and will pertain to daily life.  Different contestants will receive different topics, but the topics will be of approximately equal difficulty.  After drawing a topic, the contestant will have a maximum of 10 minutes to prepare.  He/she may write during this time, but no books or dictionaries may be used in preparation, and NO notes, even those made during the preparation period, may be used in the speech.  *At Regionals only, students may draw 2 topics and choose one of the two to prepare.

Possible Extemp Topics

Oral Presentation

Entry Limit:two entries per school: Level 4 only; (EXCEPTION: if a school has no Level 4 students attending contest, Level 3 contestants may enter, but with the understanding that they will be competing primarily against Level 4 contestants)

Presentation Time Limits:2-4 minutes; total time allotted is 10 minutes, including set-up and take-down of visuals

The contestant gives a prepared presentation on a current topic based upon a provided picture prompt. The picture will be posted on the website by Dec. 1. He/she may use notes that will be submitted to the judges after their presentation (max. 10 bullet points, max. 5 words/bullet). The presentation must compare cultural perspectives between German-speaking countries and student’s own region. The presentation may be accompanied by a visual component (presentation on a laptop or tablet, picture cards, poster, photo story, etc.), but the visuals cannot include any words. If the visual component is electronic, the contestant must bring all necessary equipment. No data projector or any other equipment will be supplied in the contest room, and contestants should not expect that there will be wi-fi access.

2021 Picture








Quelle: Frau Smith’s Personal Collection

Pair Discussion

Entry Limit: 2 entries (pairs) per school (Level 3 only)

Discussion time: 3 minutes (not including a 30-second reflection time)

A pair of contestants draws a topic instructing them to plan something (trip, purchase, celebration, etc.). Both are expected to make suggestions and voice opinions, to agree or disagree, and to make alternative suggestions. At the end of the discussion, they must come to an agreement. The topics will pertain to the daily life of teenagers. No contestant pairs will have the same topic. From the time the topic is drawn, the contestants may take up to 30 seconds to read the topic and gather their thoughts, but they may not speak to each other during this time. At the end of the 30 seconds, the contestants have 3 minutes to role-play the situation. Contestants will be judged independently of one another. Both scores will be added together for their team score.

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Sight Reading

Entry Limit: Two contestants per level, per school:  Levels 1, 2, 3, & 4

Time Limits:  up to 1 minute preparation time plus 2 minutes to read the piece to judges

The contestant will receive a copy of a prose piece that he/she has never seen before.  The contestant may look at the prose for up to 1 minute before reading it for the judges.  Contestants then have 2 minutes to read aloud the prose selection .  The judges will stop the contestant after 2 minutes, regardless of how far he/she has read into the selection.

Study Tips:

1. The piece may be an actual piece of literature, prose or poetry, or it may come from authentic cultural sources.
2. Students will use a copy that will be in a sheet protector. (Students cannot mark up the piece.)
3. Students WILL receive the piece back from the judges along with their critique sheets

Possible elements found within the selections (selections may include, but are not limited to):

Level 1: ordinals, numbers, umlauts, level 1 vocabulary
Level 2: Level 1 + dates, complex dates, more unfamiliar words
Level 3/4: Levels 1 & 2 + abbreviations, length, difficulty, dialogue


Feb. 17, 2021
State online registration due by 11:59 p.m. in order to qualify for early-bird price of $10 per student. Online registrations submitted after this point incur the regular registration fee of $12 per student.

Feb. 17, 2021
Mary El-Beheri Memorial Scholarship applications due

Feb. 22, 2021:
State online registration due by 11:59 p.m. (regular deadline). Also, postmark deadline for State payment, regardless of whether you completed your online registration by the early-bird or the regular deadline.

Important Dates

Feb. 27, 2021
Texas State German Contest, Texas State University, San Marcos

Mar. 12, 2021
Gail Cope Scholarship applications due

April 30, 2021
Spring Teacher Grant applications due

February 26, 2022
40th Anniversary - Texas State German Contest 2022

Contact Us

Texas State German Contest Director
Jennifer Christianson jgchristianson@gvtc.com

Sprachfest/TSGC Mailing Address
Texas State German Contests, Inc.
PO Box 2043
Boerne, TX 78006

Onsite Directors
Kayla Hill & Dr. Ewa Siwak
Dept. of Modern Languages
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666