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Multilingual online competition for young people across Europe
Competition: Faktendetektive / fact scouts

Calling all Modern Foreign Language teachers and students! Would you like to participate in a Europe-wide, digital language project on the topic of fake news with the opportunity of winning great prizes? Then read on to find out more about ‘’Faktendetektive/fact scouts"!


What is it all about?

Faktendetektive © Goethe-Institut What is fake news? Are our favourite YouTubers always telling the truth? Is it always clear whether an Instagram or TikTok post is true or false? Why does fake news exist? And how can we best identify it?

We are looking for young people from all over Europe to tackle the above questions with you!

Do you teach German, English, French or Spanish as a foreign language? Then apply with your students!

Are you between 15 and 19 years old and learning German, English, French or Spanish as a foreign language? Then why not get involved!

Would you like to create your own fake news free media products and be given the opportunity to win great prizes such as a camera, microphone or even a drone? Then your journalistic talent is needed!

Between 15 and 30 November, you will be able to work digitally with other young people from various European countries on our ‘fact scouts’ project. Over the course of five workshops (90 minutes each) you will have the opportunity to learn why fake news exists and how to recognize it. You will also engage in critical conversations about fake news in the language you are learning. 

Ahead of these workshops, you will learn what fake news actually is in exciting modules at the beginning of November. Following the workshops, you will have the chance to create your own media products (e.g. stories, podcasts, vlogs or articles) that are free of fake news in a practical phase together with young people from other countries and media experts. 

You can find more information about the program on „details of the project program” and on “get involved!”
Are you teaching German, English, French or Spanish as a foreign language at a school in a European country? Do you see the topic of fake news as highly relevant and want to encourage your students to critically evaluate fake news using different forms of media?

Then you should apply with your students for the digital exchange project, ‘Faktendetektive/fact scouts’ which the Goethe-Institut, together with the Institut Français, the Instituto Cervantes, the British Council and the Secretariat of Federal Ministries of Education in Germany will be working on.

Between 15 and 30 November, your students will be able to work digitally with other young people from various European countries on our ‘fact scouts’ project. Over the course of five workshops (90 minutes each) they will have the opportunity to exchange ideas about fake news in the language they are learning. In addition, they will also learn a lot about media production. 

This attendance phase is framed by a preparatory self-learning phase and a concluding practical phase in which they have the chance to produce media products independently. The participating students will also have the opportunity of winning some great prizes including a camera, microphone or even a drone.

You can find more information about the program on „details of the project program” and on “get involved!”
For all interested parties, we have briefly summarized our project program for 2021 once again here:
 
  • 25.10. - 29.10.:  Selection and information of participants
By the end of the week, we will inform all students who have submitted entries whether they can participate in the project.
 
  • 1.11. - 5.11.: First meeting in the language group (1x 60-90 minutes, between 16:30 and 18 CET)
At this meeting, the participants will get to know each other and our experts and learn more about the further program of the project.
 
  • 6.11. - 14.11.: Self-learning phase (time required as needed)
Here, participants can gain an initial insight into the topics of our project at their own pace. Of course, our experts are always available to answer any questions.
 
  • 15.11. - 30.11.: Workshops (5 modules of 90 minutes each, between 16:30 and 18 CET)
During our five workshops, the students will then learn everything about the topic of fake news by exchanging ideas among themselves and together with experts.
 
Here is a brief overview of the topics:
  1. Information literacy – information and its function: How do you get information and why is information important, for yourself and for society?
  2. Media ethics and media reality: How do media influence our perceived reality and how do images affect us?
  3. Methods and tips for detecting fake news: What is fake news and how can you identify it?
  4. The spread of fake news: What are the methods used by fake news makers and what impact can social media users have on the spread of fake news?
  5. Hate speech: What impact does fake news and the spread of disinformation have on our society and how does this promote hate speech?
 
  • 1.12. - 15.12.: Practical phase (time required as needed)
Now it’s up to the participants! Together with young people from other countries and selected experts, the participants can create their own fake news-free media products.

Get involved!

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Step 1: Competition

Create a short text with images (300 words maximum) or record a short video (3 minutes maximum) in your chosen foreign language of German, English, French or Spanish about a topical issue in your native country. It can be about politics, your hobbies, trends or language. You should also briefly outline in the video your reasons for wanting to take part in the project. Make your video/article as creative as possible!

We will invite the winners of the best entries to a series of digital workshops. In addition, all participants in the workshop will receive a camera drone, a microphone kit or a video camera.

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Step 2: Workshops

Now let’s look at this more closely! You will team up with other young people from a number of European countries. A team of experts will teach you everything you need to know about fake news and provide you with the necessary tools and skills for you to create successful media products in your chosen foreign language. 

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Step 3: Media production

You and your team have now fully prepared yourselves. Now you can get started and produce international media reports together which critically deal with fake news, thereby creating more clarity. 


Submitting your competition entry

  • Teachers, you can send us the entries of your student(s) together with their name, age, place of residence and school. 
  • Students, you can also submit your entry yourself together with your name, age, place of residence and the name of the school at which you are studying your foreign language.
Update – our extended closing date for entries is October 24! Send your entry to the following e-mail address (picture & text as an attachment / video as an attachment or via download link, Youtube or Vimeo link):

faktendetektive@goethe.de
 


Conditions of participation

Participants must:

  • study German, English, French or Spanish as a foreign language in a school in a European country
  • have reached at least level B1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (bilingual participants can unfortunately not take part using their mother tongue)
  • be between the ages of 15 and 19 at the time of participating
  • have access to a tablet or PC
  • if they are selected, provide signed consent from a parent or guardian if the student is not  yet 18 at the time of participation


Partners


Institut Francais, Instituto Cervantes, British Council        

Ministerium für Schule und Bildung des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen
 

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