Ontario High School German Contest

2021 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Ontario High School German Contest!

All teachers and students of German are invited join us for this special event.

Full details are forthcoming. We regret the cancellation of the 2020 event due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

To register, email Chair Anne Popovich at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Entry forms are available by email.

The Rules and Regulations are available here. See if your students qualify!

Scroll down to see further details about the day.





The Ontario High School German Contest is an important annual tradition and is one of our province’s most prestigious events celebrating International Languages. Every year, dozens of students from across Ontario gather to demonstrate their knowledge of German language and culture through listening, reading, writing and speaking activities.



Following the success of our previous events, the contest committee is proud to announce that Beginner German students will again have their own category this year!
This is a sensational opportunity to continue to promote your German programs.
Machen Sie mit und nehmen Sie teil!


For many years, the winner of our "Group B" has enjoyed a trip to Germany, including a fantastic language course! Sincere thanks to the Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany in Toronto for their generous contribution of this enriching opportunity!


Students participate in groups that correspond to their language abilities, allowing students of all knowledge and experience levels to take part in this exciting event! Thousands of dollars in prizes and cash are awarded to top students, including trips to Germany.

Great prizes await our winners in our four categories:
Gruppe A (Beginner - LWGBD),
Gruppe B (Advanced - typically LWGDU),
Gruppe C (additional exposure to the German language, i.e. students having participated in exchange programs), and
Gruppe D (extensive exposure through Saturday school, heritage language programs, or other).



Structure and format of the event:
The format will be revised to better represent the current International Languages curriculum. All participants and teachers will be informed well in advance of the contest of any changes. In previous years, the contest structure was as follows:

For all levels:
1. Listening comprehension (10-12 true/false questions)
2. Reading comprehension (10-12 true/false questions)
3. Language and grammar (35 multiple choice questions)
4. D-A-CH-L culture questions (5-7 multiple choice questions)
5. Composition (choice of one of three topics)
6. Oral interview (3-4 questions; list of questions provided a few days prior to the contest to all students)

Feel free to contact Contest Chair, Anne Popovich, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Contest Committee:

Anne Popovich, OISE/UT, Chair

Ruth Renters, Appleby College, Host Chair

Jimmy Steele, Toronto District School Board

Gabriela Szolnoki-Bourgeois, Halton District School Board

Rosemarie Tossell, Retired, Rockway Mennonite Academy

Nicola Townend, University of Toronto Schools, Secretary-Treasurer


Students participate in listening, reading, writing, and grammar components, in addition to an oral interview. The contest is geared towards students in their third year of study, but many students have been successful – and even won! – the contest after just two years of instruction.