Events and Competitions

Conference for Teachers of German in New Zealand 2017

Teachers of German

Saturday 8th July 11am to Monday 10th July 4pm
Goethe-Institut, 6th floor, Goethe-Institut-Haus, 150 Cuba St. entrance Garrett St., Wellington 6011

The biennial conference for teachers of German in New Zealand brings teachers from all parts of the country together in a German speaking environment to explore cultural developments and pedagogy.

Activating pupils is one of the most important – and sometimes most difficult – challenges any teacher faces. The Goethe-Institut Neuseeland has therefore put together a series of cultural events and competitions designed to help you motivate your pupils and to make learning German more fun.


“Autobahn” is an informative, interactive station game that provides many impressions and facts about the German-speaking countries, their culture and products. It's the perfect motivational game for students who are about to choose a foreign language, for beginners who are already learning German and even for parents.

13 interesting stations are set up in a large hall and surrounding corridors in which students solve puzzles, complete orders and independently acquire facts. There is lots to see, smell, laugh at and students also speak German, even without prior knowledge!

The game is suitable for up to 80 students, with students working in small groups. The game takes about 2 hours including an awards ceremony at the end. It is a fair competition and the groups can see the current score at any time. In the end, the winner is whoever has solved the tasks correctly and traveled the longest distance on the “Autobahn”. 


Every Year since 2005 a ShortFilmFest for learners of German (from primary to tertiary level) has been held in New Zealand, organised by the Goethe-Institut and its National Adviser at ILEP and supported by  the German Embassy and GANZ.

Students are encouraged to use their creativity to make a film of about three minutes length in German around a given phrase or term. Topics in the past have ranged from material ones such as ``Handy” (German for mobile phone) to the immaterial (e.g. “Sehnsucht”, which is desire or longing in German). The 2016 topic “Teilen und Tauschen” (Sharing and swapping) was inspired by the title of a symposium to be held in Germany later this year. All entries have to be produced in digital form and are then screened by judges from ILEP, the Goethe-Institut and the German Embassy. 

At the end of the year the winners are honoured at a special award ceremony in a Wellington Cinema where the prize winning films are shown. And the “Best of” DVD finds its way into classrooms all over the country where it inspires the next generation of students to equally come up with films. What a meaningful way to combine media skills with the creative use of German as a foreign language! The 2016 deadline was the 23rd September (end of term 3 in NZ schools).