News and Updates

 

Houstonfest Scholarshipswinners announced!

 

Changes and updates for 2022 including procedures for online contest

 

State Promo Video Contest

 

"Texas State German Contest at 40" newsletter series (full of tips for contest prep and Pass auf! study material)

 

"Leidenschaft der Aussprache" Pronunciation Contest

 

Scholarships at State

 

Contest Promo Video #1 (students from one school tell why they love contest)

 

Contest Promo Video #2 (one student tells why she loves contest)

 

Teacher-to-Teacher Tips

 

Tips for Pair Discussion

 

Photo Gallery

 

Arrival at Heights High School

 

Lunch options

 

Daily log of changes to state-qualifier list

 

 

Important Dates

 

Sat., Jan. 15, 2022, 11:59 p.m.Houstonfest registration spreadsheet due for regular price of $10/student (payment does not have to be mailed until 1/24).

 

Tue., Jan. 18, 2022, 4:00 p.m.:  Registration opens for pronunciation contest "Leidenschaft der Aussprache" (teachers who submit a Houstonfest registration by the regular deadline will receive a link to register for this special contest)

 

Mon., Jan. 24, 2022, 11:59 p.m.Houstonfest registration spreadsheet due for late price of $12/student. Deadline to postmark Houstonfest payment.

 

Wed., Feb. 2, 2022, 8:00 p.m. Houstonfest changes (adds, drops, substitutions) due. After this point, no more changes will be allowed.

 

Sat., Feb. 5, 2022Houstonfest (virtual) -  submissions of art and recordings due by 9:00 a.m., some events conducted live via Zoom

 

Tue., Feb. 8, 2022, 11:59 p.m.:  Remote Houstonfest judging ends

 

Fri., Feb. 11, 2022, 4:45 p.m.:  Houstonfest results announced via live-stream (see Results page for a recording of the awards show)

 

Wed., Feb. 16, 2022, 11:59 p.m.:  State online registration due for "early bird" price of $10/student (payment does not have to be mailed until 2/18).

 

Fri., Feb. 18, 2022, 11:59 p.m.:  State online registration due for regular price of $12/student. Also, Mary El-Beheri Memorial Scholarship applications due. Deadline to postmark State payment.

 

Wed., Feb. 23, 2022, 8:00 p.m.:  Deadline extended: Entries in promotional video contest due to State director Jennifer Christianson.

 

Sat., Feb. 26, 202240th Annual Texas State German Contest (virtual) -submissions of art and recordings due by 9:00 a.m., some events conducted live via Zoom (ask your teacher for the sheet with all the links!)

 

Tue., Mar. 1, 2022, 11:59 p.m.:  Remote State judging ends

 

Sat., Mar. 5, 2022, 11:59 p.m. Houstonfest Scholarship applications due. State awards video released.

 

Fri., Mar. 11, 2022 Gail Cope Scholarship applications due.

 

Sat., April 30, 2022 Gail Cope Teacher Grant applications due.

The 2022 contest will be held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, the Scavenger Hunt will not be offered this year.  The following rules are left here in their normal format for future years.

 

Rules:  Scavenger Hunt

 

Entry Limit:  1 team per school; 2 to 4 contestants (4 is highly recommended); a team may have 1 upper-level student (German III or above) IF the team consists of 4 members but NOT if the team consists of 2 or 3 members, and no advantaged speakers may be on a team.

 

Time Limit:  The time limit for both parts combined is 1 hour. Teams may split their time between Parts One and Two in any way, but 35 minutes for Part One and 25 minutes for Part Two are recommended.  Time Penalties:  For each team member who exceeds the 1-hour time limit up to 5 minutes, 20 points will be deducted from his/her quiz score.  If any team member exceeds the time limit by more than 5 minutes, the entire team will be disqualified.

 

There are TWO parts to the event. Team members will work together on Part One but individually on Part Two. All team members must be present for all of both parts. Each team should have at least one SmartPhone or tablet (iPad, etc.) with a digital QR-code reader app already installed, but it is recommended that each team member have his/her own such device along with earbuds or headphones.

 

Part One:  Follow written German directions to find four QR codes posted around the contest venue. At each of the four stations, teams will use their devices to access a video (max. 3 minutes per video). All team members should view all videos.  (See General Instructions for more details.) Total video running time is about 12 minutes.

 

Part Two:  Each team member will complete a written quiz independently. The quiz will have 4 multiple-choice questions and 1 question requiring a written German response based on each of the 4 videos that have been viewed (20 items total). The questions are in German. (See General Instructions for more details.) All team members' scores will be averaged to obtain the team's final score.

 

Download General Instructions.

Download helpful vocabulary.

Download critique sheet.

 
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Oral Tests Pass auf! Research Paper Scavenger Hunt Written Tests

When is the next Houstonfest?

 

Saturday,

February 4, 2023

 

Where is Houstonfest?

 

Heights High School in Houston

 

Link to Texas State German Contest

 

Texas State German Contest on Facebook

 

Texas State German Contest 40th Anniversary Facebook Group