Treffpunkt: Österreich

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started23rd Apr 1986
ended21st May 1986
last rpt30th Nov 1989
5 school years
duration15 mins
age rangeSecondaryAge 11-13 & Age 13-16
languagedeIn German

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Treffpunkt: Österreich is a German-language BBC schools TV series from the 1980s, covering German Language for secondary school pupils.

A series of documentaries about contemporary teenagers and adults in various interesting pursuits, such as a mountain rescue mission for young climbers, making a radio show about a soap box derby, and taking part in the World Bodybuilding Championships.

The programmes are designed for students in their 2nd or 3rd year of learning German, studying towards the (new at the time of broadcast) GCSE examinations.

Treffpunkt: Österreich is part of a sequence of paired BBC schools series looking at the language and social studies of a particular country. The sequence started in 1977 with Treffpunkt: Deutschland and Encounter: Germany, which this series replaced in the study of German.

It is accompanied by the English-language series Encounter: Austria, drawing on the same subjects and interviews.

It is also accompanied by the new, advanced series A Level German, which also covered the World Bodybuilding Championships in Graz Violet-marker.png .

The 1985-86 BBC annual programme catalogues had previewed an alternative new German series to be called Treffpunkt: DDR, accomapnied in English by Encounter: East Germany, which the BBC "hoped" to produce that year. Clearly this did not prove possible and this series based in Austria was made instead.

Episode List

# Title Broadcast
1. Eine Bergrettung #1986-04-23-00-00-0023 Apr 1986
2. Auf dem Bauernhof/Schifahren auf dem Dachstein #1986-04-30-00-00-0030 Apr 1986
3. Die Bodybuildingweltmeisterschaft in Graz #1986-05-07-00-00-007 May 1986
4. Die Lehrlingszeit #1986-05-14-00-00-0014 May 1986
5. Studio Mürz - Schuler machen Programm #1986-05-21-00-00-0021 May 1986


Year Term Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Channel Details
1985-86 Summer 1986 Wednesday, 1:43pm Thursday, 9:35am BBC2
1986-87 Autumn 1986 & Summer 1987 Tuesday, 9:35am BBC2
1987-88 Autumn 1987 Thursday, 9:25am Friday, 1:05pm BBC2
1988-89 Autumn 1988 Tuesday, 10:00am Friday, 9:30am BBC2
1989-90 Autumn 1989 Monday, 9:25am Thursday, 9:45am BBC2


Narrator Sylvia Rotter
Film cameraman Godfrey Johnson
Sound recordist Bob Roberts
Film editor Luis Espana
Producer Susan Paton


Teacher's Notes

A combined booklet of teacher's notes on Treffpunkt: Österreich and Encounter: Austria was published by the Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research (CILT).


Longman had intended to publish a book to accompany Treffpunkt: Österreich and Mach's Gut!, but I believe the book wasn't released until 1990, after broadcasts of Treffpunkt: Österreich had finished.

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