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Registration: AGTV Poetry Competition 2017 for Years 4 to 9

  • 24 Apr 2017
  • 01 Jun 2017
  • Regional Finals across Victoria


  • This competition is only for students from AGTV member schools.

Registration is closed

AGTV Sprachfest 2017

Years 4 to 9 Poetry Competition

Students from AGTV member schools are invited to enter the AGTV Poetry Competition for Years 4 to 9 in one of  two sections: OPEN and DaF. (See below for further information)

Registration of Schools

All schools wanting to participate in this competition are required to register their intended participation. Nominate one teacher from the school or campus who will be the contact person to complete a registration on this website.

The details of the contact person will be used to communicate with the school regarding this competition by the Committee and Network Leaders or Regional Final Coordinators.

Please register your school's interest ASAP to allow for further planning.

Registration extended until 29th May. The Regional Final Coordinator will contact you with the date and details incl. a small charge to cover costs of the regional final.

What do students have to do?

Students choose a poem from a set list and learn to recite it by heart.

Regional and State Finals

Schools select students to enter the relevant Regional Final for Mainstream, Bilingual and Community Schools. Students at VSL Centres may also participate in a Regional Final. The Committee allocates schools and VSL Centres to a Regional Final.

Students compete for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at the Regional Final.

Results from regional Final must be received by Friday, 4th August.

Only eligible prize winners at Regional Finals progress to the State Final. 

The State Final is on Saturday, 19th August, 2017.

NB: Year 4 students do not compete in the State Final.


Where do I find the poems?

Poems will be sent to the contact teacher from schools registering their participation on this site.

About the Open and DaF Sections 2017


There are two sections for the competition: OPEN and DaF (Deutsch als Fremdsprache - Second Language Learners).

It is the responsibility of the classroom teacher to determine the eligibility of students for DaF.


Eligibility for the OPEN Section 2016

Any student learning German at an AGTV member school may enter the Open Section.

Eligibility for the DaF Section 2017

Students learning German as an additional new language primarily from classroom exposure at an AGTV member school.

AGTV Criteria for Judging

Pronunciation and Intonation

The words are pronounced correctly with confidence.

Diction and Phrasing

The phrases are distinct and appropriately emphasized e.g. tempo, stress, pauses.

Interpretation and Insight

How effectively her/his understanding of the mood and meaning of the poem is conveyed. This includes the overall tone and use of voice, eye contact, facial expressions and, in rare instances, limited gestures as appropriate for a recitation to a German-speaking community.

NB: No props. The judges decision if final.

The AGTV Poetry Competition is supported by Victorian government.

NB: Year 10 to 12 students may compete at the competition run by the universities. In 2017, this will be hosted by the University of Melbourne.

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