Click here to read about the 34th annual Saskatchewan provincial final of Concours d’art oratoire that took place on Saturday, April 23.

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Concours d’art oratoire is an annual public speaking event for students from grades 1 to 12 who are studying French as a second-language in Saskatchewan and across the country. The objective of this event is to further stimulate the interest of English speaking students in the learning of French. Researching, preparing, writing, memorizing and delivering speeches are activities that contribute to the development of language skills.

Schools around the province host their own public speaking competitions for students beginning in grade one. The winners progress to competitions held by local school divisions. Students in grades 6 to 12 who place first or second at their divisional event are given the opportunity to participate at the provincial level. Provincial winners from grades 11 and 12 advance to the national competition. All levels of participation – classroom, school, divisional, provincial, and national – are extremely important.

Students in all French-second-language programs in the province are encouraged to get involved. School division finals are usually open to French immersion students. Both core French and French immersion students are eligible to participate in the provincial and national events.

Schools are sent preliminary information in September and asked to indicate if they will participate in the Concours d’art oratoire. A complete information package is sent to interested schools early in November. Provincial finals will be held April 29, 2017. National finals will be held June 3, 2017.

The National Concours d’art oratoire

On June 3, 2017, Canadian Parents for French will host the 15th annual public speaking competition, the National Concours d’art oratoire in Ottawa, Ontario. The competition brings together senior high school students from across Canada who will deliver the speech that won them first prize at the school, regional, and provincial/territorial levels.

First place winners will qualify for scholarships, ranging from $1000 to $20,000. In the past, this has included awards from from the University of Ottawa, the University of Moncton, the Université de Saint-Boniface, the Université Sainte-Anne, and the University of Prince Edward Island, and Second and third place winners have the option of receiving scholarships from the University of Ottawa, the Université de Saint-Boniface, or the University of Prince Edward Island.

In addition to these academic rewards, the contest provides an opportunity for students to visit Canada’s capital and meet others from across the country.

To register for the national contest, students must first compete and win first place at the provincial/territorial finals.

Head to the National Concours d’art oratoire website for updates on information and fact sheets.

For 2016-2017 – Preparation Kit

Detailed guide for the program including curriculum outcomes, tips for public speaking, sample speeches and winning speech examples.

  1. Lettre d’introduction à Concours
  2. Feuille de route Concours
  3. Guide des bénévoles
  4. Lien Curriculum Concours
  5. Concours Presentation PowerPoint
  6. Ressources additionnelles sites Web
  7. Guide art oratoire
  8. Comment choisir un sujet
  9. Discours example 1
  10. Discours gagnant 1
  11. Discours gagnant 2
  12. Discours gagnant 3
  13. Concours Poster High Schools – French
  14. Concours Poster High Schools – English