News and Updates
Changes and updates for 2023 -
Scholarships at State
State Promo Video Contest
Arrival at Heights High School
Promo Video #1 (students from one school tell why they
Video #2 (one student tells why she loves contest)
"Texas State German Contest at 40" newsletter
series (full of tips for contest prep and Pass auf!
Tips for Pair Discussion
Daily log of changes to
Tue., Jan. 17, 2023, 11:59
p.m.: Houstonfest registration
spreadsheet due for regular price of $12/student (payment does not have
to be mailed until 1/23).
Mon., Jan. 23, 2023, 11:59
p.m.: Houstonfest registration spreadsheet
for late price of $15/student. Deadline to postmark Houstonfest payment.
Sat., Jan. 28, 2023, 9:00 a.m.:
Submission of entries in the 7 virtual Houstonfest events due (get link to
Google Form from your teacher).
Tue., Jan. 31, 2023, 11:59 p.m.: Remote
judging of the 7 virtual Houstonfest events ends.
Wed., Feb. 1, 2023, 9:00 p.m.:
Houstonfest changes (adds,
drops, substitutions) due. After this point, no more changes will be allowed.
Sat., Feb. 4, 2023: Houstonfest,
Heights High School, Houston
Fri., Feb. 10, 2023, 11:59 p.m.: State
online registration due for "early bird" price of $12/student (payment does not
have to be mailed until 2/15).
Wed., Feb. 15, 2023, 11:59 p.m.: State online registration due
regular price of
$15/student. Deadline to postmark State payment.
Sat., Feb. 18, 2023, 9:00 a.m.:
Submission of entries in the 7 virtual State events due (get link to
Google Form from your teacher). Also,
Mary El-Beheri Memorial Scholarship
Mon., Feb. 20, 2023, 8:00 p.m.:
promotional video contest
due to State director.
Tue., Feb. 21, 2023, 11:59 p.m.: Remote
judging of the 7 virtual State events ends.
Sat., Feb. 25, 2023:
Texas State German Contest, Texas State
University, San Marcos
Sat., Mar. 4, 2023, 11:59 p.m.:
Houstonfest Scholarship applications due.
Sun., Mar. 12, 2023:
State Scholarship applications due.
Sun., April 30, 2023:
Gail Cope Teacher Grant applications due.
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.
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
their 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.
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.
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
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.
When is the next Houstonfest?
February 4, 2023
Heights High School
413 E. 13th Street, Houston, TX
Link to Texas State German Contest
State German Contest on Facebook
State German Contest 40th Anniversary Facebook Group