The International German Language Olympics 2020

Language Competition for Transition Year/5th Year Students!

As we prepare for the next Internationale Deutscholympiade, congratulations to Dervla and Daragh who have been chosen to represent Ireland this year! The world’s biggest German language contest will be held this time round from 3–7 August in an innovative virtual online format. This year’s motto is "Be there! – The IDO comes to you." More than 120 second-level students from over 60 countries will be meeting up online for this year’s finals.

After being hosted in Berlin (2016) and Freiburg (2018), the IDO 2020 will be held for the first time in digital format featuring the city of Dresden as this year’s virtual host.

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How were our two Irish finalists chosen?

In Ireland we invited all students in Transition Year and 5th Year to send us a written/digital presentation in German on the topic: ‘My favourite town/city in Germany is…’ We were thrilled to receive beautiful pieces from over 120 candidates. The jury really struggled to pick 16 finalists to take part in the national online finals on April 25, 2020. It was through this process that Dervla and Daragh became our two Irish representatives!

This year’s IDO motto is “BE THERE! – The IDO comes to you.” What can this year’s participants look forward to?

The participants will be virtual guests in Dresden for five days. The winners of the qualifying rounds will be competing there to rank among the world’s top three German learners at three different levels of proficiency. But the IDO isn’t just about language skills: it’s also about intercultural and interpersonal skills, about the ability to work in an international team, not forgetting the challenge of working with others living in different timezones! It will even be possible for family, friends and teaching staff to become spectators! More details to follow. ****

The participants can look forward to lively workshops, getting to know Dresden through exchanging online with other young people and well-known personalities from Dresden, virtual tours, a rich cultural programme and the Olympic ideals of living together in a peaceful and fair world and appreciating the rich diversity of world cultures.

What prizes will be on offer?

The prizes at this year’s IDO are trips to Germany, including German courses at the Goethe-Institut in Dresden after the Corona Pandemic, expected in 2021.