Competition Debating Competition

Debating Competition Finals © Goethe-Institut / Martina Case

Mon, 25.11.2019 -
Wed, 25.03.2020


Due to the current situation, the Goethe-Institut London is closed to the public until 19.4.2020. This event is postponed until further notice. We are working on alternative arrangements and will update you on details on our website, newsletter and social media channels.

Asking critical questions, expressing views on political topics, listening to opinions of others, and responding to them in an objective and fair way – all these key competences can be promoted by debating.
Therefore, the successful format of the debating competition is returning. The Goethe-Institut invites secondary school students to take part in a competition to engage with questions about ecology, sustainability and Europe.
There will be different rounds in which the participating schools compete against each other. At the end, all students will be invited to the final in which the two winning teams will show their language skills.
The preliminary rounds will take place at participating schools whilst the final will take place at the British Council in London.
In order to prepare the students for the competition and to ensure that they can express themselves at the appropriate language level, the Goethe-Institut provides teachers with useful phrases.
The debating competition offers a great chance to actively use the German language in an authentic setting and at the same time to get to know other secondary school students from across the United Kingdom. Debating in a foreign language will bring immeasurable benefits to significantly improve the student’s communication skills.
If you are interested, please apply with a team of four year 12 students (4th year of learning German) and return the registration form below to Dominique Böert
Spaces for taking part in the competition are limited and you will be confirmed after the deadline.
Important Notes
Students from year 13 are not eligible to participate in the competition. In exceptional cases however, students from year 11 may participate if necessary to make up a team of four students.
All participants are cordially invited to watch the final at the British Council on 25 March 2020. Please also feel welcome to bring a group of year 10/11 students that might be interested to participate in the next debating competition.
The prize for this year’s winners is a youth trip to Cologne in Germany meeting the debating finalists from Ireland, the Netherlands and Denmark from 24.06.2020 - 28.06.2020.

Deadline for applications: 4 November 2019

1st  round: 25 November – 6 December 2019
2nd round: 27 January – 31 January 2020
3rd round: 09 March – 10 March 2020
Final: 25 March 2020