The German National Foreign Language Competition offers young people the opportunity to compare their performance with other school students at above school level. It encourages them to improve their existing knowledge of foreign languages and to learn new languages. This involves both the written and spoken language in all cases.
The competition is open to school students from Year 5 (also pupils at primary school in some Länder) up to Abitur-level (higher education entrance qualifications). Trainees and students at vocational schools may take part in the Vocation Team Competition.
The following competitions take place under the umbrella of the German National Foreign Language Competition:
The contest is initially held at Länder level for students up to Year 10. Each Land has a Commissioner who organizes the competitions.
The other competitions are organized directly by the office of the German National Foreign Language Competition, which also provides information on all aspects of the competitions.
Every participant receives a certificate. The candidates in upper secondary grades who win a first place also have access to funding from the German National Academic Foundation.
Groups which perform particularly well qualify to take part in the "Language Party". Particularly good younger participants qualify for the "Language Tournament" and particularly good students in the upper secondary grades for the "Language Workshop". Groups which do particularly well in the vocational competition can take part in the Trainees' Tournament.
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