In 2019, Canadian Parents for French is once again hosting the Concours d’art oratoire, a national public speaking competition for youth studying French in school. Students enrolled in French programs across Canada have the opportunity to participate in competitions held at the school, regional, provincial/territorial and national levels.
CPF NATIONAL CONCOURS FINALS 2019
The 17th Annual CPF National Concours Finals will take place on Saturday, June 1st, 2019 in Ottawa, Ontario.
For the first time this year, an IMPROMPTU CONTEST has been added to the National Finals for students competing in Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. This is an exciting addition to our TRADITIONAL CONTEST, which is open to students across all provinces and territories in Canada.
Concours offers students a chance to celebrate their many hours of hard work to learn French, including their written and spoken French skills. The competition encourages participation from students with a wide range of language abilities. Program categories include Core French, Core+, Early Immersion, Late Immersion and Francophone. Prizes include scholarships to support continued French study in post-secondary institutions. Benefits include increased self-confidence, strengthened public speaking skills, and the chance to meet like-minded friends while speaking Canada’s official languages! To see the list of past winners of CPF’s National Concours Finals click here.
In order to participate at the national level, youth must compete and win at a CPF provincial/ territorial public-speaking competition. For more information on how to participate and for entrance criteria, contact the CPF Branch in your province or territory.
GUIDELINES – TRADITIONAL CONTEST
Students write an original speech on a subject of their choosing, entirely in French, to present at the competition within their assigned category. No props or cue cards are permitted. They are asked 2-3 follow-up questions by the jury. Students are judged according to voice, quality of language, structure, oratory, presentation and general impression.
GUIDELINES – IMPROMPTU CONTEST
Students receive their topic on site from pre-selected topics. All participants compete together as one group. Following a brief preparation phase, they deliver an impromptu speech entirely in French. Use of one cue card is permitted. They are asked 2 follow-up questions by the jury. Students are judged according to voice, quality of language, structure, oratory, presentation and general impression.
- Descriptions of Traditional Contest Categories
- Detailed Guidelines – Traditional Contest
- Judging Rubric – Traditional Contest
Online Registration and Travel Information
This project has been made possible in large part by the Government of Canada