Inviting nominations for the German Teacher Award 2019

German Teacher Award

German Teacher Award, © German Embassy London

07.05.2019 - Press release

If you know a truly outstanding German language teacher at your primary or secondary school – make sure that their dedication and excellence get the recognition they deserve!

The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany is pleased to invite nominations for the annual German Teacher Award, now in its 16th successful year. The winners will receive a personal prize and a certificate. The prizes will be presented at a special ceremony during the “Sommerfest der Deutschen Sprache” in early summer 2019. The winners will be announced on the day of the ceremony.

On this occasion the Goethe-Institut’s Peter Boaks Prize, which recognises outstanding young(er) teachers of German, and two special prizes donated by the Austrian Cultural Forum and the Embassy of Switzerland will also be awarded.

Impressions from last year's GTA

German Teacher Award 2019
Ambassador Wittig welcomes guests© German Embassy London

And for those being honoured today, I offer my most sincere congratulations. And sympathies.

Teaching German is a special challenge. There is a view that if you were teaching loop quantum gravity your task might have been easier. Certainly, Mark Twain would have thought so in his famous comic essay on the difficulty of the language, with its three genders, its word order, its split verbs, its compound nouns in official documents, its inflections across different cases of its definite and indefinite articles, nouns, pronouns and adjectives. I’m reliably informed that Twain’s German was mostly his own hilarious construction.

In my own attempts to speak the language, I have discovered a simple rule, a shortcut to effortless plausibility. Whenever a German speaker clutches your arm and lets loose a fast, complex, incomprehensible sentence, you must look her confidently in the eye and gravely say, ‘Genau’.

(Ian McEwan CBE, GTA Award 2018)

Click here to download Ian McEwan's speech in full.

The Embassy is delighted to work on this initiative with its partners:

Embassy of Switzerland


Austrian Cultural Forum

UK-German Connection

Department for Education

Welsh Government

Association for Language Learning

Deutsche Schule London

Supported by:

German National Tourist Office

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