Ontario High School German Contest

2016 marks the 45th anniversary of the Ontario High School German Contest!

All teachers and students of German are invited join us in Toronto at Harbord C.I. on Saturday, April 9, 2016 for this special event.

To register, email Chair Jimmy Steele 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!


We are pleased to confirm that the winner of "Group B" will win a trip to Germany, including a fantastic language course, this July! 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 three categories:
Gruppe A (Beginner - LWGAD/BD),
Gruppe B (Advanced - typically LWGDU), and
Gruppe C (additional exposure to the German language, i.e. students having participated in exchange programs)*.


* This event is geared towards students of German who have no language exposure via family, Sprachschulen, heritage language classes, etc. We are pleased to work with other initiatives (via ZfA, PASCH-Network, Goethe-Institut, OATG, others) that support DaZ- and DaF-LernerInnen with additional exposure to the language.



Structure and format of the event:
The format will be the same this year until the revised International Languages curriculum is published.

All three 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)
We will begin at 10 AM on Saturday, April 9, and we are again hosted at Harbord C.I., 286 Harbord Street, Toronto (easy access from Gardiner Expressway, DVP, Bathurst Street; ten minute walk from Christie subway station). This late start will better accommodate schools from outside the GTA. We tend to wrap up by 4:15 PM at the latest.


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

2016 Contest Committee:

Andrea Pils, Peel District School Board

Anne Popovich, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board

Jimmy Steele, Toronto District School Board/York University

Gabriela Szolnoki-Bourgeois, Halton Distict School Board

Nicola Townend, University of Toronto Schools


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.