The final of the German Debating Competition took place 19 May 2022 and it was an exciting event!
The team from St Finian's College Mullingar was victorious, with Templeogue College (Dublin) coming in close second. It was so great to see the German language come alive in such a passionate way, and the students said it was an unforgettable experience.
Thank you again to our wonderful partner Siemens, as well as our guests Deutsche Botschaft Dublin / German Embassy Dublin and the GDI (Gesellschaft der Deutschlehrer Irlands).
“Discussion has to be learned. Discussion involves wanting to listen and being able to listen. Discussion also involves wanting to empathise with the other person’s view, in order to get to the core of the matter.” (Herbert Wehner, 1906 - 1990)
Questioning things critically, expressing views on political topics or listening to other people’s opinions and empathising with other persons’ views and responding to them in an objective and fair way are all key skills which can be improved by debating.
Since its beginnings, the German language debating competition provides a fantastic opportunity for Irish pupils to learn the art of debating and with that, to better their language knowledge, especially their speaking skills. Pupils benefit further, as debating also trains additional qualities, which can be used to prepare them for their future professional lives. Furthermore, pupils are enabled to participate in the formation of their political opinions.
The Goethe-Institut invites secondary school students to take part in our competition and engage with questions about current affairs.
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.
4 students in Transition Year or 5th and 6th year.
Please note that students with a native German speaking background or who have resided in Germany for more than one year are not eligible to participate in the competition due to matters of fairness. Thank you for your understanding.
All participants are cordially invited to watch the final on 13 May 2021.
The motion will be send via email to the schools (contact person) 2-3 weeks before a debate including the following:
Contact adress of partner school
Good to know:
Form of address: „Sie“ („du“ only for school teams)
Time limitations: 3 minutes speaking time (then 1. bell), 4 minutes max. (after that 2nd bell) and so on. After 4 minutes there will be a deduction of points (5 points per 30 seconds overdraft)
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.