"Because we are so far away from German-speaking countries, our German learners have very few opportunities in normal daily life to apply what they have learned ", says one German teacher in Thailand. To help increase these opportunities for its course participants, the Goethe-Institut Thailand came up with an idea to encourage students to practise their language skills in a meaningful, fun way!
Participation for all
Motivation and support
In 2018, the Goethe-Institut Thailand organised a video clip competition for its language course participants. It was important that learners of all course types and levels could take part. The teaching staff jointly selected a topic which would enable learners of all levels to put their German skills to the test. Under the title "Hidden corners - insider tips for Bangkok”, the entrants presented places of interest never or only rarely found in travel guides. An appealing topic, as everyone has at least one favourite, place he/she would like to talk about!
Technology - a problem?
Making videos on a mobile phone used to be complicated. With modern technology, however, it is no longer a problem. Today, almost everyone owns a smartphone and most people record short videos for their Instagram or Facebook profiles on a daily basis. This was evident from the list of participants: all groups of learners were represented, including schoolchildren, students and professionals.
Creativity and fun in the foreground
The jury expected the participants to present their “hidden corners” in a creative way. Language accuracy was therefore less decisive in the evaluation. The main concern of the jury was that: "German be used and relatively well understood by all".
The winner of the competition, Atiruj Cherddeesakul, combined his musical talent with the language skills he acquired in a beginner's course:
All participants received a token for their entry and the best were awarded a prize. This motivated many to participate. Language support in the form of online documents was available to help participants with the video production. These were simple sentence constructions that could easily be used in the recordings to convey important information about the places presented. Many made use of this aid, as can be seen in the videos of the 2nd and 3rd place winners, Pongsakon Soypethwong, Temsiri Duangkaew and Norihiro Sugimoto: