Competition Debating Competition

Students sat in a circle discussing © Goethe-Institut London

Mon, 22.11.2021 -
Wed, 23.03.2022

Nationwide at participating schools

Apply by 22nd October 2021

We are delighted to announce that the Goethe-Institut’s debating competition is returning in 2021-2022!

Asking critical questions, expressing views on current topics, listening to other people’s opinions and responding to them in an objective and fair way are all key skills which can be improved by debating. 

The Goethe-Institut London invites secondary school students to take part in our competition and engage with questions surrounding the themes of health and wellbeing.
There will be three preliminary rounds in which the participating schools compete against each other and show off their language skills. Students will then be invited to the final in which the two winning teams debate for the winning trophy.

1st round: 22.11.-03.12.2021
2nd round: 24.01.-28.01.2022
3rd round: 04.03.-05.03.2022 
Final: Mid-End March 2022 (date to be confirmed)

Ideally the premilinary rounds would take place at the participating schools. The final will take place in London (exact location yet to be confirmed). We are not in a position to guarantee an in-person final at this stage. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and act accordingly and in line with government guidelines. We are prepared to move the event online if necessary. Our top priority is the health and safety of all participants.

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 supporting material.
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 students from Year 12 (in their 4th year of learning German) and fill out the application form below. 
Apply here Application deadline: 22.10.2021

Please direct any questions to:

Spaces for taking part in the competition are limited. Your space will be confirmed after the application deadline.

Important information
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 in March 2022. You are also very welcome to bring a group of Year 10/11 students that might be interested to participate in future debating competitions with the Goethe-Institut.