The Olympics Make A Stop In Chicago

Feb 6, 2012

all participants Enlarge image all participants (© Goethe-Institut) What comes to mind when you hear the word „Olympics“? Perhaps Greece? Maybe Atlanta? Or even Salt Lake City? For some German language students across the US the word “Olympics” is synonymous with the International German Olympics, an annual world-wide competition of German language competence and knowledge about Germany. 67 students from across the US participated in the early rounds of the competition and 12 of them were invited to the Goethe-Institut in Chicago, in cooperation with the American Association of Teachers of German, on February 2-3, 2012 for the National Preliminary Round.

David Brinsky Enlarge image David Brinsky (© Goethe-Institut Chicago) The competition in Chicago was split between two different levels: Level A/Basic (1-2 years of German language instructions) and Level B/Independent (3-4 years). These levels correspond to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The 12 students competed in listening comprehension, various language tests, a team test and project presentations among other things. 

Betsy Waisel Enlarge image Betsy Waisel (© Goethe-Institut Chicago) And in the end only one student from each level could be named the winners. David Brinsky from Linsly School in Wheeling, West Virginia won the A-Level competition and Elizabeth Waisel from Wellesley High School in Wellesley, Massachusetts won the B-Level. The Goethe-Institut will provide scholarships to David and Elizabeth so that they can compete in this year’s finale in Frankfurt/Main from July 1-14. The final winners of the International German Olympics will receive a grant for a three-week language course in Germany during the summer of 2012. The first International German Olympics were held in Dresden in 2008.


Information about the competition

Students can take part in the competition who are at least 16 years of age and are the winners of their national competition. If a student has been living in a German speaking country for more than six months, he or she can not take part in the competition. Students who have started studying at a college or university are also excluded from entering the competition. False information will lead to disqualification. Two students from each country are invited to fly to Germany with one chaperone. The chaperone/teacher can take part in a cultural course during his/her visit to Germany. He/she will also have the opportunity to network with other teachers and be part of the students' ceremonies.


International German Olympics


Goethe-Institut Chicago

The Goethe-Institut Chicago organizes and supports cultural events that present German culture abroad and further intercultural exchange. It offers language courses as well as workshops for teachers of German as a foreign language.