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Macht mit: AGTV Poetry Competition 2020 for Years 4 to 9

  • 22 Apr 2020
  • 05 Sep 2020
  • Regional Finals across Victoria (tbc if virtual)


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

Registration is closed

AGTV Years 4 to 9 Poetry Competition

Details as at 13 July 2020


Planning following the impact of COVID-19

The Committee has been discussing (at online meetings) how the poetry competition can proceed with remote learning in place. A member made the suggestion to conduct virtual regional finals and this is being seriously considered. It would require cooperation of teachers in managing the logistics with their students to select entrants for the Regional Final.

The Committee decided to have have no new poems in 2020

  • 2019 DaF poems will be used for the DaF section in 2020
  • 2018 Open poems for the Open section in 2020
  • Recordings of poems will be available to download
  • No Group Performance in 2020

Initial Plans

  • Find out which levels from which schools would like to participate
  • Consider options for a virtual Regional Final e.g. use an online meeting option for a live performance either individually or in groups with the judges, or students record and forward an audio file for judging, or a variety of options - TO BE CONFIRMED!
  • The State Final venue has been booked for Saturday 22 August (tbc)

Eligibility for DaF and Open Sections

DaF: The DaF Section is restricted to students learning German as a new language from classroom exposure at school. NEW* Any student whose first or second home language is German or who are current or past students of a bilingual school must enter the OPEN Section.  (*New clarification adapted from the JLTAV Japanese Speech Contest)

Open: Any student may enter the OPEN section.

Registration of the Participation of Schools

All schools wanting to participate in this competition are required to register their intended participation to enable planning of Regional Finals. 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

Deadline Saturday 2 May

The Committee will be contacting Regional Final Coordinators to discuss plans for Regional Finals based on the number of schools participating.

What do students have to do?

Students choose a poem to learn recite it by heart from a set list for the Open and DaF Individual sections.

Where do I find the poems?

Poems will be forwarded to the contact teacher from schools registering their participation on this site after the closing date for registrations. POEMS HAVE BEEN FORWARDED.

NB: The classroom teacher is responsible for determining if students are eligible for the DaF section. Teachers should contact the AGTV if they have any doubts about the eligibility of students. 

Regional and State Finals

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

The Committee allocates schools and VSL Centres to a Regional Final.

Who can enter a Regional Final?

Students learning German at an AGTV member school can enter.

Students may compete in one Individual (Open or DaF) competition in 2020 at one Regional Final.

Students compete for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in the individual DaF and Open competitions at the Regional Final.

Results from regional Final must be received by Sat 22nd August.

Only eligible prize winners in the Individual competitions at Regional Finals progress to the State Final. NB: Year 4 students do not compete in the State Final.


The State Final will be conducted remotely with live recitations of poems via a video conferencing portal on Saturday 5th September, 2020 


For further updates about the competition, visit-


NB: It is the responsibility of the classroom teacher to determine the eligibility of students for DaF, which is a restricted competition. Teachers should contact the AGTV if they have any doubts about the eligibility of students.

AGTV Criteria for Judging

NB: No props. The judges decision if final.

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 the understanding of the mood and meaning of the poem is conveyed including overall tone and use of voice. In a face-to-face or online performance, this could also include eye contact and facial expressions, and in rare instances – if any, limited gestures as would be appropriate for a recitation to a German-speaking community who understood German. *NB: THIS CRITERION ADJUSTED FOR 2020

NB: Year 10 to 12 students may compete at the competition run by Monash University and the University of Melbourne.  In 2020, this is scheduled to be hosted by the Monash University but details TBC.

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