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August 2017

Newsletter for Teachers of German in ACT, NSW, NT, QLD

The topics for this newsletter are:

  • Scholarships/Professional Development
  • Student Events
  • Competition
  • Material/Info

Scholarships/Professional Development

Berlin Bodemuseum
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Scholarships for German Language Courses in 2018

Language Proficiency scholarships offer four week German language courses at a Goethe-Institut in Germany. The scholarships provide the opportunity to update German language skills in a German-speaking environment, while the accompanying cultural and leisure program enables you to learn more about Germany.
Application Deadline: 10 September 2017

Seminare Deutschland
©Goethe-Institut/Loredana La Rocca

Scholarships for Seminars in 2018

Teaching Methods and Socio-Cultural Studies Scholarships and Professional Development Facilitators Scholarships update the socio-cultural knowledge of Germany and review methodological and didactical issues in the teaching of German as a foreign language. The seminars aim to foster exchange of ideas and the development of teaching models in a group setting.
The updated seminars and dates for 2018 will be available soon.
Application Deadline: 15 October 2017

Learning Online Scholarship
©Goethe-Institut/Loredana La Rocca

Online Scholarships for Teachers of German

Goethe-Institut is offering two new online scholarships with various starting dates:
- DEUTSCH ONLINE LEHRKRÄFTE for non-native speakers
Please forward the links to anyone who might be interested. We look forward to your applications.

Student Events

Foto: Goethe-Institut/Bernhard Ludewig

25 - 29 September 2017, Sydney, Goethe-Institut

HSC Holiday Courses, NSW

These courses are suitable for Year 11 and Year 12 students who wish to enrich their knowledge of German in their school holidays. These courses are fun and a great opportunity for high school students to consolidate and extend the skills they have gained in the classroom. The courses are based on themes and topics specified to the NSW curriculum (HSC).


Oktoberfest for teens

12 October 2017, RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane

Oktoberfest for Teens, QLD

Grab your students, teachers and classmates for an unforgettable day of great fun, food and entertainment at this ‘schools only’ special Oktoberfest celebration. Learning resources, quizzes and competitions are also provided as part of the integrated learning journey for the weeks leading up to this schools’ German Festival.

Oktoberfest for Teens
Foto: Andreas Berheide © Colourbox

Schulfilmfest 2018 gets bigger and better

Following the discontinuation of the German Film Fest in 2017, our new focus on the Schulfilmfestival will make it even more attractive for schools and students. From 2018 onwards, we will add school screening of popular German films for kids and teens and include new cities around Australia. More details about the enhanced Schulfilmfestival coming soon.



School Film Festival Banner

Finale: Thu, 19 Oct 2017, Sydney, Chauvel Cinema Paddington

Schulfilmfestival 2017

This year, the German School Film Festival 2017 will take you on a time travel into the future. “Deutschland im Jahr 3017”: Imagine it is the Year 3017. What does the world – what does Germany – look like? Entries for ACT, NSW, NT and QLD close on 8 Sep. Further information is available on our brand new website.


Fokus Lernen Banner
©Goethe Institut

Fokus Lernen

Fokus Lernen provides material that will support and enhance concentration and strengthen the student’s ability to learn. These basic practices set the tone for a productive and focused lesson, relying on the fact that quiet and relaxed minds learn better and make learning German more successful.

Fokus Lernen
Merit Awards
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Prämienbücher - Merit Awards

Goethe-Institut Australien, Sydney and Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany are offering their annual merit awards for school students who have shown superior achievement in their studies of the German language. Please order the books and certificates online.

Merit Awards for Students of German NSW/QLD 2017
German Week Sydney
© German Consulate General in Sydney

Event series - 8 – 19 August

German Week Sydney

The German Week in Sydney brings together several organisations who will present events such as the 500 Years of Martin Luther exhibition, a forum on the Startup Scenes in Germany and Australia, a German-style Christmas Market, a German Language Day with Heidi screening in Croydon, and of course the Acacia Quartet concert at the Goethe-Institut in Woollahra. 

German Missions in Australia
Reichstag Kuppel
©Goethe-Institut/Bernhard Ludewig 2012

Event Series 1 – 15 October

German Week Brisbane

The Brisbane German Week 2017 features a 15 day program covering among others a German language competition, a classical concert, the German Science and Innovation Day, the German Business Day, the 10th Oktoberfest Brisbane including Octoberfest for Teens and the opening of the world-famous Gerhard Richter exhibition. Don't miss the Language Day on 9 October, the award-winning German movie “HEIDI” will be screened.

German Week in Brisbane
Facts about Germany
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Facts about Germany

The new version of “Facts about Germany”, now available in 19 languages, provides you with up-to-date statistics, facts and information about Germany. The handbook “Facts about Germany” and the new book for young adults are available for download free of charge.

The Language Magician
© Goethe-Institut London

The Language Magician

There is a new game for primary students in the making which will build on language and IT-skills and provide information on progression. It will support teachers by giving them a tool to assess their students’ abilities using non-threatening testing methods and hopefully also increase the enjoyment of learning a foreign language at this age. You can now register your interest to stay in the loop.

Kino in Oz
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Kino in Oz

For #kinoinoz, Brisbane-based film critic Sarah Ward takes a closer look at German films screening down under. On this recently launched site you will find everything from film reviews and interviews to release information. The website is updated regularly so we suggest you bookmark it and come back!

Kino in Oz


Andrea Simmelbauer
Head of Language Courses Sydney
Tel. +61 2 8356 8320

Level 1 448 St Kilda Road
Melbourne, VIC 3004
Tel. +61 3 9864 8917

Elena Babicheva
Language Course Office Sydney
Tel. +61 2 8356 8343

Educational Services
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